Join Us Sept. 21, 2019 in Ashburn, Virginia

The First Line of Self Defense for Women: Avoiding the Fight

Self defense starts well before the fight ever begins. 

 We’re introducing a new  course that empowers women with the ability to avoid and prevent violence. Learn critical non-physical prevention tools every woman needs but few are taught.

Join us Sept. 21, 2019 in Ashburn, Virginia and learn to tap into your own secret weapons.


Class size is strictly limited.

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Most women's self defense courses skip straight to the last step

While it’s true physical self-defense skills are valuable and fun to learn, the physical skills are the last line of defense. Prevention, awareness, avoidance is the first line of defense.

  1. The best self-defense is never being there – avoiding the potential for violence.
  2. If you can’t avoid – leave.
  3. If you can’t leave – de-escalate.
  4. If you can’t de-escalate – try leaving again.
  5. If you can’t avoid, leave or de-escalate a violent encounter, now it’s a fight – for your life. 
For women, self-defense should be about avoiding or de-escalating the violence in the first place.  The most powerful weapon is the brain.

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The self-defense industry focuses on the fight for 2 reasons:

#1) The methods that work for men may not work for women.

#2) It has been traditionally taught by men (for men) with a dominant culture of brawling for superiority.

Women are seen as victims who will be assaulted and the physical skills are their primary (and some believe only) option.

This is an industry in which the methods that work for men may not be the best methods for women.

We think the self-defense industry is WRONG..


Women have unique skills that are often overlooked.

These skills have nothing to do with our ages, our physical fitness levels, or personal defense training.

Women respond better under stress and maintain higher level problem solving skills than men.

Women have the superpower of intuiting subtle changes in environment indicating increasing threat.

Women frequently run threat-assessment analysis without even realizing they're doing it

Imagine the power that would come with consciously using those natural skills!

The statistics of violence against women change when we make them change. Women must take a stand and own the right to determine what happens to our bodies. We have a unique ability to read the subtleties of escalating interactions associated with the majority of violent actions against women. 

Join us in Ashburn, Virginia on Sept. 21, 2019 to learn how the most powerful form of self-defense – avoiding the fight altogether. We’ll work together from 9-5, with a break for lunch, and learn techniques for de-escalation and avoidance in this ground-breaking new course. 

This course is acceptable for women of all fitness and capability levels. Whether you do marathons for fun or you can’t run around the block, you will come away from this course with the tools you need to stay safe.

If you’ve avoided going to self-defense classes before because you felt like you wouldn’t be able to do the exercises or that you wouldn’t be comfortable, this is the course for you. If you’ve taken all the self-defense classes but you want to learn how to keep a situation from escalating to a physical altercation, this is the course for you. If you know this world has become increasingly violent and you refuse to be a victim, this is the course for you.

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Self Defense for Women: Avoiding the Fight


Join Dr. McCracken for a day that could save your life

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Meet your instructor

Dr. Tammy McCracken is owner & Global Solutions Director of Personal Defense Industries (PDI). As PDI’s owner, she serves as program director for Kore Self-Defense & Krav Maga, the company’s Northern Virginia training center. She is a certified Conflict Communication Instructor and is one of four directors with Rory Miller’s Chiron Training. 

While training with Krav Maga Global, Dr. McCracken earned an Expert Rank in Israel and her original instructor certification was granted by Eyal Yanilov, Alan Predolin & Ilya Dunsky. She was the third woman to earn an expert rank with KMG in North America and the first fully certified female instructor on the east coast within the same organization. 

Dr. McCracken has provided training and instruction for private companies, international safety and security organizations, and non-profit groups serving populations at high risk for violence.  Dr. McCracken also serves as a violence dynamics subject matter expert for a Washington DC area tactical training organization coauthoring and instructing a range of courses including Active Shooter Response Scenario Training. 

Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Illinois State University, a Master’s of Science in Professional Counseling from University of Houston-Clear Lake and Doctorate of Psychology from Eisner Institute of Professional Studies with a research dissertation on using mindfulness training to improve the situational awareness for front-line operatives. 

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