What if
self defense
is self care?

What Is
Pretty Deadly Self Defense?

Pretty Deadly Self Defense is a self-empowering, self-trust building, self defense program that gives you the tools you need to grow confidence, learn resilience, and transform your fears into the force of nature you really are: pretty to look at, deadly to touch, and 100% gloriously, beautifully, wonderfully unstoppably YOU.

Find A Course

Find an app party

Want to train our app techniques in person? Find an App Party near you! App Parties are informal training events focused on our app-based techniques, so you can train with other app users in your area. Organized and hosted by our certified Community Coaches to ensure safe and responsible training.




Programs

ADULT COURSES
SPARKS FOR KIDS & TEENS
CORPORATE & SPECIALTY WORKSHOPS

Events

OPEN TRAINING
MEMBER SHOWCASES &
PRETTY DEADLY TALKS

Outreach

OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
FOR REFUGEES, HOMELESS, AND
SHELTERED PARTICIPANTS

Agency over your own body is a basic human right.

--Susie Kahlich

Founder, Pretty Deadly Self Defense


BELIEVE

We believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. We believe that everyone has a right to occupy their own space and never having to hide who we are.

 

We want everyone to have the tools to live their lives as they choose for themselves, free of fear and full of joy

EMPOWER

We believe that when you feel safe and grounded and can trust your environment, you have the confidence to explore, to adventure, to grow.

From adults to kids to corporate, all of our programs combine physical techniques with unique games and excercises specifically developed to enhance awareness, build confidence, and establish self-trust.

Our courses and workshops are designed to be easy to learn, simple to use, and user-friendly. And most of all: fun!

TRANSFORM

We believe that environment is your body.

Learning self defense is more than just learning how to punch and kick. It's about learning where your boundaries are, learning how to trust yourself, and learning what your body can really do, When you learn what options you really have, you have hope. And when you have hope, you can change your life. And maybe even the world.

We believe that you are stronger than you think.


Our Team

Pretty Deadly Self Defense was created by Susie Kahlich, a 20-year martial arts practitioner and violent crime survivor. From homeless to office worker to world traveler, Susie’s life experience has helped structure the program to be intersectional, inclusive and non-judgmental.

Our trainers come from a wide range of backgrounds: burlesque performers, journalists, permaculture designers, engineers. Each trainer lets their own life experience guide themin helping ensure each class is a safe, dynamic place to explore and grow.

Giving Back

Pretty Deadly Self Defense has been helping all who identify as women grow stronger together since 2009. We've worked with Give Something Back to Berlin, J.A.C.K., Berlin’s Landes Jugendring e.V., and other non-profit organizations dedicated to helping empower vulnerable populations.

We offer free self defense classes focused on conflict management, de-escalation and integration to Berlin’s refugee communities and the volunteers who work with them, and self defense classes for homeless women and sex workers. We donate 15% of our proceeds from our Livestream courses to organizations that support victims of domestic violence. For more information or to schedule a workshop, please contact outreach@prettydeadly.org.

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