Donation Based Self Defense

Eskabo Daan Filipino Martial Arts School offers donation-based self-defense courses in the Van Ness neighborhood!

The program is run by My Occupational Defense Inc. Here's how they describe it:

“Self Defense for the People is a unique program for everyone who wants to learn street-smart self defense to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their peers. We believe de-escalation and verbal self defense are just as important as physical defense techniques.

Classes are taught in an simple and effective manner for all people regardless of fitness level or age. No prior experience in self defense is required. This is a program that provides experienced instructors and lessons in a nurturing and supportive space.”

They suggest a $10 donation per class for those who are able to contribute, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

Classes are drop-in and weekly on:

  • Mondays: Women Only Self Defense Class at 5:30pm
  • Wednesdays: Coed Self Defense Class at 5:30pm

Their address is 1475 Polk St #11 (second floor, above Star Bagel).

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Have questions? Contact them directly at:

(510) 734-0189