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Pretty Deadly’s mission is to help millions of people feel safer through accessible, user-focused self defense.

We do this by providing community leaders, martial arts and fitness professionals the tools they need to deliver an innovative, field-tested program that supports existing members while expanding reach, and that sets the stage for long-term engagement through positive community impact.


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Pretty Deadly Self Defense is a self defense instructor training and women's self defense program designed for the specific way women learn and acquire new skills, developed to overcome the intimidation women often feel when thinking about and learning self defense.

As a user-focused self defense program, we emphasize natural movement and body dynamics, and our unique exercises were developed to help re-center balance and connect to core -- where power really lives!

Pretty Deadly Self Defense incorporates modified techniques found across 11 schools of martial arts, from Ninjutsu to Krav Maga to Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do. We start with the very basic structures and help you find what's right for your body. Our focus is on body literacy over bodily harm.

Check out our self-guided online training:

Moving from center is fundamental to effective self defense. Learn how to connect and rebalance your center in this 1-hour virtual workshop.
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This 5-part self-paced course introduces you to the first steps of learning self defense, from how to make a fist to how to identify danger. Learn in the safety of your own space and at your own pace.



Your Grandmother's Self Defense ;)

We used to say NOT your grandmother's self defense, but the truth is, women have been honing situational awareness and strategic thinking skills passed down from our mothers and grandmothers for hundreds of years. We're more powerful than we think!

Instructor Training

Pretty Deadly began teaching self defense instructors in 2018 with the goal of making accessible self defense more accessible to more women, while offering fitness and martial arts pros a proven method for teaching self defense effectively and truly helping clients grow.


Created by violent crime survivor and martial artist Susie Kahlich, the Pretty Deadly Program was developed as an answer to traditional, fear-driven self defense courses that too often scare people away for the very reasons they're learning self defense in the first place!

Trauma-informed Approach

Pretty Deadly's self defense instructor course takes a trauma-informed approach to support both clients and instructors in safe, healthy environments.

What A Pretty Deadly Class Is Like

Emphasizing functional movement and body dynamics, Pretty Deadly classes are modeled on Crossfit's limited class size to encourage connection and take advantage of personal training in a small group training setting, and Zumba's high-energy choreography and sheer joy of movement.

International Community

The Pretty Deadly Trainer Community includes martial artists, personal trainers, yoga instructors and boxing coaches from Pakistan to the UK, and Germany to USA.

Pretty Deadly Worldwide

It's a winning combination that's been empowering thousands of people around the world since 2016.

Be A Part of Something Bigger

Pretty Deadly dedicates a portion of its profits to its volunteer work bringing self defense to vulnerable groups. Visit our Mission page to learn more about our field work fueled by our global community.


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