Mind, Body, and Spirit

For optimal self-defense, you need to train your mind, body, and spirit.

1. Train your mind

Learn about yourself, explore violence dynamics, awareness, risk reduction, recognition, and avoidance; learn de-escalation skills.

2. Train your body

Learn how to fight off attackers when avoidance or de-escalation isn’t possible.

3. Train your spirit

Develop a survivor mindset. Never give up. Nurture your deep connectedness with those people who respect you and who deserve your respect.




Mind: Personal Safety Training

Brigitte's personal safety training promotes well-being and safety by providing realistic violence prevention and self-defense education and training to individuals, groups, and organizations.

Brigitte teaches safety and defense concepts. We cannot guarantee your safety. But Brigitte trains you to be more aware and more prepared, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Her goal is to increase your ability to avoid, reduce, recognize, and manage risk.

She wants you to leave our courses with more self-awareness, situational awareness, and knowledge, and with better options to increase your safety and that of your loved ones.

Our training options are well-researched, taught by a nationally trained instructor, and reality-based.

We are dedicated to a supportive, inter-active, and respectful environment. Our focus on empowerment is on increasing your knowledge and skills, not on fostering illusions and dangerous over-confidence.

Our goal is to make personal safety training accessible to anyone who wants to learn. We look forward to collaborating with you in violence prevention.  


Body: Physical Self-Defense Training

For your physical self-defense training, our goal is to provide you with realistic options, regardless of your level of physical conditioning. Participants of all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will learn techniques and information that they can effectively use from the first day of class.

Our classes are not a martial arts program. Nor do they require you to have any particular athletic ability or strength.

Physical training is incomplete without mental and emotional training. They are fundamentally connected. Brigitte integrates mental and emotional preparation, boundary setting, avoidance and escape options in each training module.

Her self-defense training uses easy to learn, retain, and apply gross motor movements and is based on solid research and legal defensibility.


Spirit: Mindset Training

Training your spirit begins with deep and honest self-awareness. Who are you? What is your background? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Where do you want to grow? Who are the important people in your life? Whom do you love and respect? Who loves and respects you? Who do yo feel uncomfortable with? How do these people make you feel? Why? What are your priorities? What are your goals in life? What is your destiny? What is the future that you desire? What are you capable of? What do you feel is worth fighting for? 

Empowerment self-defense is rooted in and nurtures mental, physical, and spiritual autonomy. It includes permission and encouragement for us to explore our essential needs and to seek a life that allows us to flourish and gives us joy.  As such, self-defense includes life skills directed towards inner peace and harmony.