Self-Defense Classes for Women and Girls | New Round 2022

Due to the overwhelming number of applicants for the new round of our Self-Defense Camp, we have closed registration. Please stay tuned for announcements about future rounds of the project.

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a new round of Self-Defense Classes for Women and Girls in Tashkent in 2022!  We continue to build on the success of our pilot year (2021), the positive feedback of project alumni, the impact on the local community, and the high demand for women’s self-defense camps!

Personal safety should be your right no matter where you are, whether you are in your home, workplace, or on the street. Unfortunately, the fact that one in three women and girls experiences physical violence in their lifetime, most frequently by a person they know, is proof that this isn’t the case.

The problem is so widespread that, more likely than not, someone around you – a family member, neighbor, co-worker, friend, or even you yourself – has experienced this type of abuse. Unfortunately, harassment and stalking on the street is an everyday reality for women around the world.

To build the skills and confidence that women and girls need to protect themselves, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is launching a new round of self-defense camps for women and girls in Tashkent. The project will be done in collaboration with professional Fudokan Karate-Do instructors and a professional psychologist and member of the American Psychological Association—all alumni of U.S. exchange programs.

Classes will take place at BeFit Box, a state-of-the-art gym facility, and will run for three months beginning in February 2022. The exact start date will be communicated to all selected participants. There will be two age groups with a maximum of 30 participants each.

  • Group A: Girls ages 13-18; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 15:00 to 16:00
  • Group B: Women ages 18 and up; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 21:00 to 22:00

Participants will learn a set of techniques and exercises to defend themselves against physical threats and how to maintain strength and overall wellbeing. The physical training program will be complemented by mental health coaching and individual and group therapy sessions led by a professional alumni psychologist.

In addition to self-defense skills, participants will learn conflict resolution, open communication, and stress management techniques.

The classes are open to girls and women over 13 years old, regardless of fitness level or prior training experience.

To register for the new round of our self-defense classes, please follow this link:

Registration deadline: Sunday, January 16, 2022

Please feel free to distribute this information among girls and women in your community.


  • This project is for girls and women only
  • Classes are free of charge
  • Participants will be selected based on their application
  • The classes will take place at BeFit Box in Tashkent