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Self-Defense Resources

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

Note: While we do our best to fully check out each resource we have listed here, situations may change without our knowing (i.e. problematic behavior might occur, a location might close, etc.). If you have any great resources to add (or any information on current resources we have listed), please feel free to email us at info@popgym.org, so that we work together to make a resource list that is beneficial to the community at large.

Resource of the Month

Get to know some folks on this list a bit better with these short, sweet interviews!

In-Person

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
  • Naomi Cookson- Muay Thai classes available in Red Hook at 356 Van Brunt Street. Classes are open to all levels; beginners are welcome. 18 years and up. Tuesday 10am // Thursday 10am & 7pm // Saturday 11:30am 10 Class Package $ 200 // 5 Class Package $ 125 // Drop-in $30. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Email naomicooksontraining@gmail.com for more information or just show up!
  • 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
  • Spectrum Wrestling- Queer+ BJJ group, offering free intro classes every Monday (message for deets!)
  • Peace Place Brooklyn- Offering Yoga classes to a variety of bodies
  • Brooklyn Community Pride Center- Offering a host of self-defense and health events every month
  • NightCAP (Cycling Against Patriarchy)- Offering free group rides for Femme/NB folk every Tuesday at 7 PM at Maria Hernandez park. For more info, check out their insta @nightcap_brooklyn

Strength Training

CyberSecurity

  • CyPurr Collective- Cybersecurity workshops and events!
  • NYC CryptoParty- Folks organizing cybersecurity events around NYC!
  • CryptoParty- Global listing of cybersecurity workshops and events
  • I/O- Offering weekly classes in Ridgewood

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.
  • Feed the People- Serving food to folks in Harlem and the Bronx, check the @nyc_shutitdown insta for more info
  • Club A Kitchen- Serving food and handing out resources/clothes every Saturday from 1-4 PM at 7 Belvidere Street! Plus, community movie nights on Wednesdays (@club_a_nyc)

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: Sanctuaryprogram@gmail.com)

Online

Physical Self-Defense

Mental Health

CyberSecurity

De-Escalation

  • 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

Accountability

Know Your Rights

Disability