About

SELF DEFENSE FOR REAL LIFE

Simple techniques, strategic thinking & a whole lotta fun.
No screaming. No competing. Just kicking ass & having fun.

WHAT WE DO

Pretty Deadly is for women of every age, every body type, every skill level. Based on real-life situations, realistic settings, and in the clothes women actually wear, we are focused on the basics of natural body movement, intuition and strategy, building simple exercises and effective techniques that anyone can do.

HOW WE DO IT

Building on the muscle memory you already have, we tweak common, everyday movements you’re already familiar with, and re-apply them to self defense situations: from verbal harassment to physical aggression to date rape, all in a fun (yes, fun!), safe environment: no yelling, no competition, just kicking ass and having fun.

WHY WE DO IT

Women spend 50% of our energy and focus strategizing how to stay safe in our daily lives. Giving yourself tools you can rely on frees up that time and energy to focus on the things that really matter: Pursuing careers. Exploring the world. Realizing dreams.

WHO WE ARE

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

SELF DEFENSE = SELF CARE

Self defense isn’t just about fighting back – it’s about knowing your boundaries, trusting yourself, your own capabilities, bringing your power into the open and never having to hide who you are. It’s about loving yourself FIRST.

More Questions? Read Our Story and learn about Pretty Deadly's founder Susie Kahlich, or check our FAQs for more detailed info on our courses.