Self-Defense Classes for Women Will Be Offered Again This Fall by Montgomery County Commission for Women

by MCS Staff
The Montgomery County Commission for Women this fall will again offer in-person S.A.F.E. (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) self-defense courses for women. The introductory seminars, which will be presented at four locations, are two-hour classes for women age 13-and-over.

The classes are being in-person after being held virtually over the past two years due to the COVID-19 health crisis. They will be taught by instructors certified in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD).

The seminars, which will cost $12 per participant, are exclusively for women and require preregistration to participate. The classes will include training on risk, crime awareness and prevention. Participants will be given a 13-piece student folio with information on how to reduce the risk of exposure to violence and how to escape violence. Participants also will learn some physical aspects of self-defense.

The self-defense seminars will be offered from 7- 9 p.m. at each of the locations. The seminar schedule:

  • Thursday, Oct. 27: Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Marilyn J. Praisner (Burtonsville) Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Ave, Silver Spring.
  • Thursday, Dec.15: Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville.

Women ages 13-17 are welcomed to participate, but they must be accompanied by an adult woman who is also registered for the class. For more information on the classes and to register for a session, click here.

A men’s self-defense class also is available, but is not currently being offered by the Commission for Women. Those interested in a men’s class should call 240-777-8300.

For more information about the Commission for Women, visit Home – CFW ( or call 240-777-8300.


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