Streetwise Self Defense is located in Walnut Creek, California, and offers both public and privately scheduled self-defense classes in Northern California, Idaho, and the Pacific Northwest. Established in 2014 in Boise, Idaho, we have since empowered over 1,500 women and teenage girls through our unique training system.

With a focus on practical skills, our classes teach clients how to defend against physical attacks, sexual assaults, and escape from dangerous situations. We also provide insight into predatory behavior and violence. Our multi-disciplinary approach equips participants with a diverse range of knowledge and techniques, boosting confidence and independence in handling potential threats.

Our willingness to travel enables us to reach clients wherever they are, offering flexibility with our class locations and schedules. Streetwise operates akin to a personal training service, with a focus on teaching tactical self-defense. Utilizing context-based scenarios, we specialize in principle-based techniques – adaptable strategies effective across various situations, most common to a particular student or group of students.

The analogy to personal training is apt, as we offer both public classes through our partners in Walnut Creek, and private/semi-private sessions throughout Northern California. Clients have the flexibility to travel to Walnut Creek or opt for the convenience of having classes brought to their preferred location – be it their home, yard, garage, neighborhood clubhouse, community center, or a specially leased space for the event. While outdoor sessions are somewhat weather-dependent, we have successfully conducted our program in a diverse range of settings.

Streetwise is dedicated to empowering clients with the skills and self-confidence necessary for safely navigating both verbal and physical confrontational situations. Our primary objective is to enable clients to escape such encounters without engaging in physical confrontation. However, in scenarios where physical defense becomes unavoidable, we are committed to equipping our students with effective techniques to protect themselves and swiftly disengage from their attackers.

Our classes focus specifically on defense strategies tailored to respond to assault, a range of sexual assault situations, abductions, bullying, anti-racial violence, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, as well as methods for escaping relationship/domestic violence situations. This approach ensures that our clients are prepared for a variety of challenging circumstances, prioritizing their safety and self-assurance in any confrontational context.  Privately scheduled classes can cover dealing with many scenarios that don’t fall into any of the aforementioned categories.

Ultimately, our goal is to empower individuals and groups with the knowledge, mindset, and physical preparation to handle challenging situations safely and effectively.

“Jay was very knowledgeable and professional when teaching my friend and I self defense strategies. The information was relevant and helpful. Every woman should take the class!”