COMMENTS FROM OUR STUDENTS





"I came into the class thinking it would just be about fighting physically. Thank you for reminding me how powerful my voice is."

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"I learned some excellent physical techniques as well as the verbal and body language components that play a huge factor in getting us into and out of uncomfortable circumstances. I would highly recommend this short course to anyone who could benefit from an examination of their own rights to personal space and confidence in themselves to assertively take control of a situation."

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"I really enjoyed the Lioness self-defense class. I felt like the instructor perfectly integrated a mix of both mental and physical ways to protect ourselves. She was always eager to listen and help with real life examples, and has an awesome knowledge of basic self-defense techniques to help us feel equipped and empowered. Thanks for helping me feel more powerful."

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"Even after just one class, it was clear that the teens were more confident. And after three classes, they were much more aware of their surroundings and able to talk and think about dangerous situations without as much anxiety. I really liked the repeated focus on how to stay out of bad situations and talk one's way out of problems before resorting to fighting."

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"I've learned so much in such a short time. I left feeling more empowered and better equipped for any situation that may arise in my daily life, including as a Real Estate Agent showing homes to strangers. The physical and instructional lessons were incredible and easily adaptable for young adults to older adults and anyone in between. I will always take what I learned in class with me everywhere I go. The overall class and experience were invaluable."

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"The mother-child class was excellent. For this middle-school age group the concrete example of a social interaction was very powerful. I was able to explain the utility of fighting to my daughter privately by explaining some real-world examples of sexual assault and/or misunderstandings in ambiguous situations. I've recommended this class to friends."

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"I wanted to thank you for terrific sessions with such good advice as well as techniques! I also greatly appreciated your effort and success in connecting with my daughter who was reluctant at the onset and yet by the end, she did not want to miss your last session today! Wow, I was impressed with the transformation."

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"The biggest lesson is learning, as a woman, you are not helpless. Every woman and girl can benefit from these self-defense classes. Learn the power of 'No!'"

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"I came away from the class with a sense that I now have responses that will be triggered almost automatically if needed, making me feel much more powerful."

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"I benefitted from repeating the class. I was able to put more energy and confidence into practicing the techniques."

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"Mona did a terrific job teaching a mixed group of teens and moms. We learned verbal and physical techniques and each of us feels more powerful. This was a terrific experience which we plan to continue."

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"Thank you for providing a wonderfully supportive, safe environment to express my fears and experiences. I have learned more about myself and now I feel confident that should a circumstance arise I will be prepared."

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"As a survivor of sexual assault, I doubt I will ever feel 100% safe again. But this class has helped me enormously -- to walk taller, feel safer, and try going out more. Thank you!"

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"I started the class as a way to feel more empowered and safer. This class did that and so much more! You two gave us confidence and power and techniques for real life situations so we don't have to be afraid. We can act. You've done it with grace & understanding & truly took the time to make sure each one of us achieved to our full potential. I enjoyed every minute!"

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"Thank you for teaching me great techniques but more than that -- giving me the confidence to believe that I can fight back. Thanks for a great class!"

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"Thanks for a great class. I found the discussions to be as educational and empowering as the physical skills. I really found this class to be a lesson in assertiveness, and it has benefited me in my relationships."

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"This is such an excellent class. The instructors are very professional and have a wealth of experience. They gear the class with the appropriate material for their audience and after we were finished, my daughter and I now feel empowered and have gained a strong skill set to keep us safe in this world."

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"Lioness was a safe space for me to break through a wall of inaction. At the beginning of the course, I was full of adrenalin at the THOUGHT of confrontation. By the end, I was practicing self-defense like any other athletic activity. This experience is not only equipping me with moves to defend myself but also the confidence and experience to remain calm in the face of danger."

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"I went from feeling like a victim to feeling empowered. This class has taught me that I have the tools to keep safe. I now have that vital toolkit to use if I ever find myself in an unsafe situation again. The teachers are so wonderful, and they break everything down into manageable steps. When you put them together under their excellent guidance, you feel the power that is in every woman."