Empowerment Self Defense Training

Saturdays, Sept. 23 - Dec. 2, 2023 (no class Nov. 25)
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Paterson Field House

Empowerment Self Defense (ESD) was first introduced in the United States during the 1970s and made important gains against gender-based violence. This model has continued to expand through academic and field tested research. ESD focuses on honoring and expanding the choices of participants, particularly those who have survived trauma and discrimination. This workshop series offers easy to use techniques such as:

  • Avoid danger and de-escalate conflict.
  • Build physical self defense skills.
  • Address violence that is most likely to occur in personal settings (school, home, workplace).

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Self-Defense Class

Berkshire Community College
Paterson Field House
1350 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201