Self-Defense Resources

A list some people and placs we think are super great!


Physical Self-Defense

  • Trans Boxing- Boxing classes and resources for Trans and NB folk
  • Queer Fight School- Follow them on Insta for updates on upcoming classes!
  • Traditional Okinawan Karate School- Affordable karate in East Williamsburg, with classes for Queer folk and/or Women
  • Rev Fitness- Affordable and rad fitness in East Harlem
  • Center for Anti-Violence Education- Self-Defense and De-escalation classes for Femme, Queer and/or Trans folk
  • IMWISE- Self-Defense classes against Hate Crimes, for Muslim Women, and for the General Public
  • Masterskya- Low cost BJJ in Bushwick
  • Wickwood Aikikai- Aikido classes in Ridgewood Queens
  • Chok Sabai- Midtown Muay Thai/BJJ gym with Queer friendly environment
  • Overthrow- Boxing gym with locations in Brooklyn and the LES, somewhat affordable options available
  • Bronx Social Center- Offering karate classes twice a week in the South Bronx
  • Female Awareness- Constant self-defense classes in Midtown
  • Feminist Self-Defense- Self-Defense Workshops, with finance options for those who need
  • Westside TKD- Tae-Kwon-Do training in Harlem
  • Brooklyn Goju- “Martial Arts for Peace Strength and Justice” in Park Slope. “Trans & cis women, non-binary folks, gender-nonconforming people, and/or trans men are encouraged to train in our safe and inclusive space.”
  • Ruckus Safety Awareness- Self-Defense workshops, ranging from beginner to intermediate
  • Shime Waza Defense Services- Offering private martial arts lessons on a sliding scale, contact through Instagram.
  • Elements Athletics- Women, Trans, GNC Muay Thai every Saturday at 9:30 AM, free for members, $25 cash or venmo
  • Spectrum Wrestling- Queer+ BJJ group, offering free intro classes every Friday at Montgomery Gardens (104 Montgomery Street, BK) at 1 PM
  • Chop and Chops Mixed Martial Arts- Free Women, Trans, GNC, NB self-defense every Sunday in March from 2-3!

Strength Training


Bystander Intervention

  • Arab American Association of NY- With a mission to support and empower the Arab Immigrant and Arab American community, including bystander intervention trainings, and the Accompany Project

Physical Health

  • Callen-Lorde LGBTQ Health Services (Mental Health as well)
  • Third Root Acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, yoga at a sliding scale cost in Brooklyn
  • Cookie’s Joint Providing basic needs for “sex workers, trans women, undocumented folks, folks who have aged out of the NYC youth-only LGBT shelter system, disabled folks, etc”
  • NYC Condoms- Where to get free condoms in NYC
  • Cindy Samantha LMT- Integrative Body Work and Massage Therapist in South Brooklyn
  • Dance Safe- Providing harm reduction resources, and creating Safe Spaces at parties.

Mental Health Resources

Food Resources

Sanctuary Support

  • New Sanctuary Coalition- List of resources for sanctuary support
  • Brooklyn Defense Committee- Do you have an emergency plan if ICE comes to your community. Building a network of sanctuary space, give em a call at 347-762-4499 (Email:


Physical Self-Defense

Mental Health



  • Hollaback!- Resources for de-escalation on online harassment

Safe Spaces

  • The Dandelion Initiative- A non-profit supporting community-led action to end sexual violence, by survivors for survivors
  • Good Night Out- An independent, international initiative dedicated to helping the nighttime economy deal with, tackle and prevent harassment
  • SASS- Promoting Safer Spaces and best practices for venues in Calgary


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