Free Founder’s Day Self-Defense Workshops

Teen Girls’ and Women’s Free Self-Defense Workshops

Our founder, Coleen Gragen, began teaching self-defense at Hand to Hand over 39 years ago so that women and girls could learn to assess potentially unsafe situations in order to interrupt harassment, intimidation and violence.  In her honor, we are offering free (donations accepted) self-defense workshops this October. During the 3-hour workshop, participants will practice practical self-defense strategies through verbal, physical and emotional exercises in a safe and supportive environment.

Teen Girls’ Self-Defense Workshop
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 1-4 pm

Women Self-Defense Workshop*
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | 2-5 pm

photo by Catrina Marchetti

photo by Catrina Marchetti


Our Commitment: Words from Chief Head Instructor Sifu Sonya Richardson


We, at Hand to Hand, have seen intolerable actions encouraged following the recent election. We recognize that our friends, families, communities and ourselves may now be targets of overt and covert hate speech and actions.

In continuation of our thirty-ninth year, to date, commitment to safety and positive social transformation, Hand to Hand offers free self defense and self-empowerment classes throughout this and the upcoming year. The focus of these classes will include learning to be allies to those in our community who may feel at risk, practicing de-escalation skills, expanding safety awareness, safe by-stander intervention strategies, and learning physical self defense techniques to implement if needed. Classes will be flexible in order to meet the needs of attendees and or specific community groups.

If you feel unsafe and would benefit from participation in a class at this time, please register. Join us in creating a community and a world for all people to feel valued, respected, and safe.

In Gratitude,
Sifu Sonya Richardson
Head Instructor, Hand to Hand Kajukenbo • Self Defense Center

* Note: Additional workshops are being planned throughout the year.