“My daughter attended your class last night & came home so excited. She told me all about the class & how much she learned from you. She will be applying what she learned at school to even friends that can be not so nice. On the car ride home she gave me all sorts of examples how to handle situations when girls are being mean. She discussed body language, how to verbalize firmly & what to say. It was amazing! The lessons you taught her are invaluable. Thank you for a wonderful class. She thoroughly enjoyed it!” Suzanne S. (mom of 11 yr old)

“It was very helpful & eye-opening. A great experience!” Megan (age 20)

“Kurukula is fantastic! I can’t explain the confidence it gave my two daughters. Both older teenagers going off to college, but facing the dating scene still in high school. When can you say “No”? ALWAYS! Kurukula gave them the tools not only to read different scenarios, but gain confidence and the skills for self-defense. Becoming self-sufficient and believing in yourself while staying safe!”
Tracy W. (parent of teen girls)

“It was REALLY fun!” Auguste (age 11)

“I like everything about this class!”
Sarghi (age 10)

“The class was so fun & (our teacher) was so nice. She was an awesome role-player! She made everything fun & interesting!” Girls Scouts

“I can’t help but want to smile, because now I feel empowered!”
Miriam (age 11)

“Kurukula has taught me to notice situations that I have not seen before.” Emma (age 13)

“We have a good time & we laugh-- a lot!” Kendall (age 11)

“That was the most fun I had at a self-defense class!” Caley (age 12)

“I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from the girls- they really love your class!” Shelly (Raskob School Director)


“The fighting is so much fun!” Ceyda (age 12)

“I learned how to be assertive. Normally I would just ignore people, but women need to be assertive and show strength- to stand up for yourself.” Nina M. (age 12)

“You shouldn’t feel sorry if you tell someone to stop.” Julia P. (age 12)

“Your approach sounds wonderful! This is so important for our girls to have, I am so lucky to have you!” Lark (Parent of 10 year old)

“Tell them to back off… if they don’t listen you have a right to physically defend yourself.” Elyssa (age 13)

“I really like the games because I got to learn how to defend myself and also have a lot of fun.” Katie (age 10)

“I have learned how to speak up and I have already begun to speak up when something is not ok.” Nicole (age 11)


“Kurukula makes you feel as if you were really in the situation and the (role-plays) are real stories.” Lauren (age 14)

“The defense moves are great because when I walk down the street I feel safer. And when I’m at home I’ll practice my moves and my parents will be very impressed.” Jennifer S. (age 11)

“I will never forget the first day when we set the piece of paper with women stereotypes on fire, it was pretty inspiring.” Nicki S. (age 11)

“Most of the time, girls feelings are hurt that they don’t look like women on TV, or in magazines, and (some) girls really hurt themselves to look like that-- it is just stupid.” Tracy (age 12)

“Something that stood out in my mind was that it was OK to fight back, because most people say ‘use your words not fists’.” Anna U. (age 12)

“I always thought being loud would be bad, it’s ok to be loud.” Abby R. (age 12)

“You learn how real things happen.” Hannah M. (age 12)

“That anyone could hurt you, not just creepy looking people.” Claire C. (age 11)

Award Winning Empowerment for Women