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Women's KickAss Self-Defense Class

We now have both In-Person and Online Classes!

What is the Women's Self-Defense Class?

Women's Self-Defense Class Super Slap Technique

Women's KickAss Self-Defense class consists of a combination of drills and techniques from Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Kickboxing, as well as incorporates mental awareness.

We cover verbal defense, mental/emotional defense and of course the physical techniques for self-defense. You'll find that the benefits of self-defense training will benefit you in other areas of life, not just when you are walking through a scary parking garage.   

Get ready for a great workout where you'll discover increased confidence, balance, and strength, while learning trustworthy techniques and skills for self-defense! 

Max H. says, "Greg, You may be interested to know that my daughter already has put what she learned to good use, as she proudly told me. I just wish we had a few more Saturdays under our belt. Thanks again. Max"

When and Where:

New members are invited to join any time! No experience needed. All Classes are mixed levels and very welcoming to beginners. Sign up and jump in right away!

This is a weekly ongoing class that meets every Saturday 3-4:15 pm with a little extra time allotted after each class for additional discussion. 

This is a female only class: teen to adult. Please wear exercise clothing. The floor is padded for shoeless training.

Sign-up for your first class today!:
Sign up for your VIP first class right now and you are ready to come in! Reserve a spot now! Limited space is available.

Prospective members are welcome to take a first class for 14.95 that can be applied toward the first month membership. Pay online with credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. If signing up more than one individual, please purchase one pass per person.

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Here is how to get a First Class Pass for any session (35 14.95) and get a feel for the positive experience -

For Paypal (credit card & debit card also):

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For Venmo:

Send 14.95 to "@Greg-Bartman"

Note: Monthly membership dues are dependent on location, class type, and training frequency. Give the class a try or contact us today and we'll be happy to figure out what will be best for you!

And check out our other classes ... all have female members! 

Please see Schedule page for more schedule, location and other information for all classes.


Greg Bartman has been teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Thai Kickboxing for over 17 years, with an emphasis on clear instruction and a unique understanding of his student's needs. He feels self-defense training should be accessible to anyone and recognizes not only the importance of self-defense for women, but also the unique concerns, experiences and expectations some women may bring with them to class. He works to create an open and supportive environment where any question can be asked and addressed. Greg is the top self-defense instructor in the area under Relson Gracie, the foremost authority on street defense based on Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Tori Garten has been training with Greg since 2006 and co-teaches women's self-defense seminars and the Kid's Jiu-Jitsu and Self-defense class. She is the top ranked female self-defense Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Relson Gracie in the area. She feels every woman, regardless of age, strength or athletic ability should have the opportunity to learn to defend herself in a safe and welcoming environment. She understands the fears and concerns many women have and feels addressing those concerns in an open and supportive format lead to greater verbal, mental/emotional and physical self-defense skills for all students. 

If you are wondering whether or not you can do it - you can! The hardest part is walking through the door.

Both Greg and Tori have a strong interest in the practical application of self-defense, and recognize the positive impact that conquering physical and mental challenges can have on increasing a woman's self-confidence.

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Phone: 202-203-9013


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10417-B Kensington Pkwy, Kensington, MD 20895

Easily accessible from Maryland and Washington D.C. locations like Rockville, Wheaton, Bethesda, Potomac, and Silver Spring.

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Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page!

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