Children's Self Defense Classes

We teach our students to “GO CHIHUAHUA CRAZY!”


Physical and verbal assaults on children are more common than you think. The National Center for Juvenile Justice found that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys were sexually assaulted before the age of 18. A study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that 27.8% of students report being bullied during the school year. There were 424,066 entries into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center for missing or abducted children in 2018 alone. 

PlayItSafe offers self defense classes for kids in a fun, interactive, age-appropriate method that teaches students to respond appropriately to unique challenges they might face such as: dealing with bullies, friendship drama, stranger awareness, in-appropriate touch from someone they may know and abduction defense.


PlayItSafe is based on a simple but very effective step-by-step approach where students role-play their techniques against trained instructors in age-appropriate scenarios. This 2 hour empowering class teaches children grades 1st - 5th, to be aware of their surroundings, project confidence, set boundaries with their voice and trust their intuition. This is reinforced through hands-on, repetitive training. Students will role-play with a mock “stranger” and a mock “bully”, while being coached by an instructor. 

Bully Defense & Friendship “Drama”

What bullies look for in their victims

Name calling, teasing, excluding and arguments

How to cope with “friendship issues & drama”

Projecting a confident attitude

Dealing with aggressive bullies

Better communication and increased self-esteem

Increased respect for self and others


Stranger Awareness & Self-Defense

Increased safety at school, home and play

How not to be targeted: walking and talking with confidence

Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate adult behavior

How to recognize a stranger and when it is appropriate to respond to a stranger

How to tell a trusted adult if something has occurred

Getting lost, home safety, walking to and from home


Mommy & Me Class is designed for Pre-K & Kinders, including savvy 3-1/2 year olds.  Parents take the class with their child and learn how to empower their children with self-protection skills that can be practiced at home. Verbal and physical skills are emphasized and taught in this 1.25 hour class. Families will receive valuable reference materials to take home.

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Tel. (720) 619- 0011


Located in the Greater

Denver Area

Every criminal has two fundamental fears. 

The fear of being caught and the fear of being hurt. 

Our combination of self defense techniques teach children and women to respond quickly and appropriately to unique challenges they might encounter. Our training provides students with confidence through situational awareness techniques that teach them to become a very hard target. Criminals hate hard targets.

“As psychotherapists, my husband and I have worked with many children, teens, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, bullying, and other kinds of violence. Recently, I took some children to a PlayItSafe self-defense class and was very impressed with the program. Tracie and her fellow instructor presented valuable verbal and physical techniques in a fun and engaging way. They empowered the children to listen to their intuition, use their voices, handle conflict effectively, and defend themselves when appropriate. Their message was hopeful and powerful. I highly recommend PlayItSafe classes to children, teens, and women who want to go out into the world with greater confidence, feeling prepared to handle difficult or dangerous situations if they should arise.”


Amy Torn, MFT

San Diego, CA