Free Self Defense Classes in Boston

A friend passed me this information so I wanted to get the word out as much as possible!

Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women will launch a personal safety initiative for women throughout the Boston area that will include a series of 19 complimentary self-defense training sessions in 11 locations, for the public during September and October.

Demand for such trainings surged following the tragic events of July 23rd, when valued Healthworks member Amy Lord was kidnapped and killed. Healthworks aims to honor Amy and all women affected by violence by offering free community trainings to arm individuals with tools to protect themselves against violence.

In partnership with the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, The Boston and Brookline Police Departments, and IMPACT, a unique personal safety and self-defense curriculum, Healthworks will offer 19 trainings that are open to all women in the Boston area. We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE trainings happening all over the Greater Boston Area.

The initiative will launch with an outdoor Kick Off event in Back Bay’s Copley Square on September 12th from 5:30-7pmwith expected attendance of over 200 women. Following the Kick Off, Healthworks will sponsor 18 more 90-minute community defense trainings in 9 Boston-area neighborhoods. These trainings will occur throughout September and October at Boston Centers for Youth & Families sites, Healthworks’ four club locations, GymIt Watertown and the Healthworks Community Fitness Center at Codman Square. Please see below for the time and locations for the various trainings:

Location  Date Day Time Neighborhood
Healthworks Community Fitness – Codman Square 11-Sep Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM Dorchester
Copley Square 12-Sep Thursday 5:30-7 PM Back Bay
Healthworks Cambridge 12-Sep Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM Cambridge
Curly Community Center 16-Sep Monday 6:00-7:30 PM South Boston
Healthworks Chestnut Hill 17-Sep Tuesday 6:00-7:30 PM Chestnut Hill
Healthworks Back Bay 19-Sep Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM Back Bay
Blackstone Community Center 19-Sep Thursday 6:00-7:30 PM South End
Healthworks Cambridge 23-Sep Monday 6:00-7:30 PM Cambridge
Cleveland Community Center 25-Sep Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM Dorchester
Healthworks Coolidge Corner 26-Sep Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM Brookline
Tobin Community Center 26-Sep Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM Roxbury
GymIt Watertown 3-Oct Thursday 6:00-7:30 PM Watertown
Healthworks Back Bay 4-Oct Friday 12:00-1:30 PM Back Bay
Healthworks Coolidge Corner 6-Oct Sunday 2:30-4:00 PM Brookline
Healthworks Chestnut Hill 9-Oct Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM Chestnut Hill
Paris Street Community Center 9-Oct Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM East Boston
Blackstone Community Center 10-Oct Thursday 6:00-7:30 PM South End
Cleveland Community Center 21-Oct Monday 6:00-7:30 PM Dorchester
Tobin Community Center 24-Oct Thursday 6:30-8:00 PM Roxbury

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