Verbal Self-Defense Dojo: An Online Training
Mansplaining, manterrupting, minimization, harassment:
Learn how to play when you don’t know what to say.
Verbal Self-Defense Dojo is the online version of The Academy’s sold-out Verbal Self-Defense Training Camp.
This course is an experiential, interactive tool that will train you to fight back when you're under attack.
In four practice-filled modules, Kasia teaches a series of simple, practical steps to apply when you’re challenged or undermined.
Practicing these tools is a critical part of integrating them into your everyday behavior. You'll receive lifetime access to repeat the course as many times as you like.
When women are challenged, undermined, or harassed, our culturally conditioned default is to go silent. To shut down.
This course retrains the conditioning that keeps women silent.
What skills will I learn?
Know how to discern between an innocent comment and one made with ill intent.
Gauge the exact level of intensity you’ll need to resolve a situation without escalation.
Assess and address inappropriate comments without panicking or freezing.
Is this course right for me?
Have you ever been left feeling small or unsafe due to a sexually suggestive comment, but dismissed it because you weren’t completely sure of the intentions behind it?
Have you ever entered a conversation wanting an apology, only to wind up apologizing yourself?
Have you ever stepped into a scenario ready to ask for something you wanted, but walked away with something entirely different?
These scenarios all follow similar communication patterns that can render a woman totally speechless.
You'll train to . . .
GET YOURSELF OFF THE SPOT
Women have been conditioned to freeze or shut down at the very moments that are most crucial to our self-preservation. Learn the shockingly simple way to end that pattern forever.
HANDLE UNCOMFORTABLE QUESTIONS POWERFULLY
There is no reason to answer questions you should never be asked in the first place! Gain tools to smoothly deflect or reject those inappropriate, prying, and otherwise thorny questions.
CUT THROUGH AMBIGUITY
Gain strategies to discern the intent behind an uncomfortable question or statement. Determine whether you’re dealing with an aggressor or a well-meaning klutz and deal with them accordingly.
RESPOND WITH THE RIGHT INTENSITY
Never bring a knife to a gunfight. Know how to modulate the intensity of your response based on the intensity of the challenge or attack.
FLIP THE POWER DYNAMIC
Learn techniques to free yourself from uncomfortable or inappropriate situations without appearing aggressive or shutting down.
What makes this course unique?
Practice Over Theory
Verbal Self-Defense Dojo is entirely practice based. Kasia will walk you through real-life scenarios and help you train to have a greater range of instinctive responses.
Real Life Scenarios
This course trains women to overcome the common experience of "freeze" that shuts women down in critical moments, leaving them speechless.
Verbal Self-Defense Dojo is a toolbox you can use this course again and again as you gain mastery the skills.
We've called this course a dojo because it is a training ground.
How do I sign up?
Discounted rates are available for educators, activists, and employees of 501 (c) 3 not-for-profits.
Please send an email with proof of status (photo of your ID, or your work/school email) to receive a special discount code to firstname.lastname@example.org