Self-Defense for Women & Transpeople

Self-defense is everything we do to protect and take care of ourselves.  Anyone can practice self-defense.  You don’t have to be physically strong, fast or experienced.    Self-defense includes trusting your instincts, avoiding danger by getting away, fighting back using verbal and physical skills, understanding prevention and safety strategies, and finding support and healing after an attack.  Being conscious of our general health and well-being is also a part of self-defense.    Through self-defense, you will develop the confidence to decide what is best for you, and make choices based on your needs and safety.

Self-defense is everything we do to protect and take care of ourselves.  Anyone can practice self-defense.  You don’t have to be physically strong, fast or experienced.

Self-defense includes trusting your instincts, avoiding danger by getting away, fighting back using verbal and physical skills, understanding prevention and safety strategies, and finding support and healing after an attack.  Being conscious of our general health and well-being is also a part of self-defense.

Through self-defense, you will develop the confidence to decide what is best for you, and make choices based on your needs and safety.

CAE’s award-winning self-defense program is offered at different times throughout the year. The course meets once a week, for two to five weeks. Click here to visit our calendar of classes.

What will I learn in this course?

The curriculum focuses on violence prevention. Students of all skill and ability levels will learn basic self-defense information including strikes, blocks and kicks; ways to get out of different grabs and holds, verbal exercises, roleplays & discussions about dealing with attackers who are strangers, acquaintances or intimates.

Who is this class for?

Check out our upcoming classes!

CAE offers seasonal courses for women & transgender people (18 & up). Students are diverse in age, body type, background and ability.

Occasionally throughout the year CAE teaches LGBTQ courses, that are open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ. These courses are free.

All classes are taught by instructors who have been trained through our organization. There are usually two to three instructors per class and approximately 20-25 students per class.

What does this course cost?

CAE offers this course on a sliding scale (based on income). Free childcare is available to all students.

This class is free for survivors of relationship/domestic violence, sexual assault, or childhood abuse. More info on program for survivors.

Fees range from $50 to $240 for the 5-week course.  To determine your particular fee you can call our office at (718) 788-1775 or email us. To join our next self-defense course, download a registration form.


Tai Chi

Tai chi is practiced for relaxation, centering, and increasing internal power. Adults of all ages and levels of fitness can benefit from this calming, meditative martial art. Through practice of the tai chi form, students develop internal energy while strengthening muscles and joints. Many find tai chi helpful for healing and connecting body and spirit. Tai chi focuses on the breath and is essentially a form of meditation, or what has been called “meditation in motion.”

The yang style is the most common traditional style of tai chi practiced today; the yang style emphasizes the health benefits of tai chi and makes the art accessible. It is especially good for developing relaxed strength and balance. CAE teaches the yang short form of tai chi and the yang sword form.

The yang style is the most common traditional style of tai chi practiced today; the yang style emphasizes the health benefits of tai chi and makes the art accessible. It is especially good for developing relaxed strength and balance. CAE teaches the yang short form of tai chi and the yang sword form.

What does this course cost?

CAE offers this course on a sliding scale (based on income). Survivors of relationship/domestic violence, sexual assault, or childhood abuse can receive one month of tai chi for free.

The course can be anywhere from $20/month to $75/month at the highest. To determine your particular fee you can call our office at 718-788-1775 between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all women and transgender people. Students are diverse in age, body type, background and ability. Free childcare is available to all students.

The best way to know if this course is right for you is to see it for yourself. Call to learn more, register or schedule a time to view a class.

When does Tai Chi meet?

Tai chi meets once a week:
Thursdays, 6:30 PM – 7:30PM

As students continue to train, an intermediate/advanced level class becomes available for no extra charge.

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Karate through Brooklyn Goju

“As a survivor of rape, my training in karate and self-defense has helped to restore my voice.  Martial arts are a way of connecting mind and body, listening to self and others, finding strength and being empowered.  It is through training that I have moved beyond coping and surviving to a deeper sense of integration.”     – a Brooklyn Goju karate student   Training in the martial arts is a great way to build physical strength and endurance, along with self-confidence, mental focus and discipline. At CAE we see karate as a way of teaching and building peace in the world.

“As a survivor of rape, my training in karate and self-defense has helped to restore my voice.  Martial arts are a way of connecting mind and body, listening to self and others, finding strength and being empowered.  It is through training that I have moved beyond coping and surviving to a deeper sense of integration.” 

– a Brooklyn Goju karate student

Training in the martial arts is a great way to build physical strength and endurance, along with self-confidence, mental focus and discipline. At CAE we see karate as a way of teaching and building peace in the world.

Training in the martial arts is a great way to build physical strength and endurance, along with self-confidence, mental focus and discipline. Brooklyn Goju sees karate as a way of teaching and building peace in the world.

What is Goju karate?

Goju is the style of karate taught by Brooklyn Goju. It translates to “hard” (go) and “soft” (ju). Hard refers to closed-fisted, straight-line techniques using physical and external power. Soft refers to circular and evasive movements as well as internal power. Goju karate originates from Okinawa, an island off the coast of Japan. Combining the hard and the soft makes Goju a very effective – and beautiful – fighting art.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all women & transgender people. Free childcare is available to all students. Students are diverse in age, body type, background and ability.

The best way to know if this course is right for you is to see it for yourself.  Contact Brooklyn Goju to learn more, register or schedule a time to view a class.

When does karate meet?

Beginning and mixed level karate students can train at these times:

  • Tuesdays from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturdays from 10 AM – 11:15 AM

Students may attend one, two or all three class times. As students continue to train, intermediate and advanced level training times become available for no extra charge.

Click here for more information.

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