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Public Safety Self-Defense Program

Self-Defense Classes Offered at AU

The Department of Public Safety offers free self-defense classes each semester.  Courses are available in gender-specific or gender-neutral formats, with full course and short course options.  Any member of the American University community is eligible for the class, and no prerequisites, past experience or physical fitness level are required.

Self-Defense provides information, tactics, and considerations which may be useful for various types of dangerous encounters. The course is taught by certified Self-Defense instructors who work for the Department of Public Safety. To sign up for a section, please complete the web registration form at the bottom of this page or e-mail us at

Interested in holding a private class? We are happy to hold classes for groups that are unable to make the pre-scheduled classes. If you are interested in holding a class not listed on our calendar please contact