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The next edition of our tried-and-tested self-defense classes will be happening from March 16 to April 6 in Berlin Schöneberg! As usual, it is open for women, non-binary and LBTQIA* folx and will offer a safe space in which to work on discovering your strengths, reading situations and people (e.g. body language), training to handle stressful situations while staying calm and able to respond, and applying some basic self defense techniques.

There are no prerequisites for the course, anyone can attend – no fitness requirements and no martial arts experience needed. This is not a fitness-oriented class; we will move around the gym physically and will train different techniques together, but the goal is mainly to work on successful self defense in different situations.

Here is a little bit about what you can expect from this course.

Session 1 (March 16): Round of introductions and some background to the course, followed by some short, fun self defense exercises

Session 2 (March 23): We will work on our personal “circle”, how to recognize it and how to keep it safe in everyday situations. We will also practice a couple of basic techniques

Session 3 (March 30): We will leave the gym and explore a bit outside, our goal being to scale a few obstacles. When we return, we will check out a few pads and mats and see if we can hit and/or kick them – this might not sound fun right now, but we can promise you it’s a lot of fun once you start!!

Session 4 (April 6): We will return to and strengthen our use of basic self defense techniques, and there will be a surprise element to end the class on a high note 🙂


The class will take place on Thursdays at Interkulturelles Haus Schöneberg, Geßlerstr. 11, 10829 Berlin, from 7pm to 8.30pm. You’ll need to bring some comfortable pants and a t-shirt, some trainers for Session 3, and you’ll be ready to go. Due to limited space at the gym, places are limited, so go ahead and sign up!

We are asking for a donation of your choice for this class. All proceeds will be forwarded to Woman* Life Freedom Collective, a grassroots collective supporting the feminist uprising in Iran.

Illustrated by Laura Breiling


About: This is a culinary self-defense class for cis and trans-women, trans men and non-binary folx. It is designed to give all participants some extra resources that will come in handy when navigating a patriarchal, cis-hetero-normative world every day. It focuses on learning about our environment, ourselves and the others around us from a physical and emotional self-defense perspective. This means we will do some fun exercises that allow us new insights into these things, learn some basic martial arts techniques, and familiarize ourselves with our (physical) strength.

  • When? Every Friday, starting March 25 till May 27th, 2022, from 7.30 PM to 9.30 PM.
  • Where? Steinmetzstr. 46, 10783 Berlin
  • Carbs? Dinner is served on May 27th at Superrrr Lab, Berlin Moritzplatz
  • Costs? You can choose to pay anywhere from 20 EUR to 70 EUR for this class. The dinner will be 15 EUR on top.
  • What to bring? Comfortable sports clothes, e.g. jogging pants and T-Shirt or similar.
  • Beginners welcome, no prior knowledge necessary.

This is a joint event series by Yanagi Jutaijutsu Berlin e. V. and SUPERRR Lab
The course will be taught by Eva Dingel, founder of Yanagi and Ilaria Bruzzone, both 3rd level black belts in Jutaijutsu.


  • To sign up drop us an email: info[at]yanagi.berlin


  • Session 1: March25th. Intro & getting to know each other Familiarizing ourselves with an environment: what’s important? How can we use all our resources to figure out and navigate a new (or familiar) space we’re in?
  • Session 2: April 1st. First intro to using the strength that we have, and directing it outwards What’s our personal ‘circle’ and why is this important? How do we react when someone tries to enter it?
  • Session 3: April 29th. Getting physical, part I: a few nice and simple techniques to use in case someone thinks they can enter our circle, or touch us without permission
  • Session 4: May 6th. Mind & body, in this case: confronting some physical challenges, and using our breathing as well as different strategies to overcome them
  • Session 5: May 13th. Getting physical, part II: using all the things we’ve learned, plus surprise amazing experience!!!!
  • Dinner: May 27th. Yummy food, plus the space to talk and share together. At SUPERRR Lab Space, Oranienstr. 58 A, Berlin (on Moritzplatz, straight across from Modulor). 2G rules apply. We ask you to present proof of vaccination or recovery.


Check out the Yanagi Berlin website for more info and the Code of Conduct or drop us an email: info[at]yanagi.berlin