Self Defense

When I was 12 years old I was the victim of a violent attack and I carried that fear with me for years afterwards. I still remember the fear of that moment, but once I became a certified self defense instructor I changed my story from victim to survivor. Teaching is something I love dearly and together we can empower each other.

Learning self-defense helps you feel safer when you are alone, and have more confidence. This is a low impact class for women and girls ages 14+. If you can do a jumping jack, you can learn self defense. *Parent and daughter groups are encouraged. *LGBTQ inclusive. I do not discriminate on race or religion.

If you live in San Diego proper, schedule a class today by calling Leah at 405-657-9221 or use the Contact Us Page for more information. I am mobile and will come to you.  Host a class at the park, community center, work, or home. Contact me to set up a two hour class for 4-10 participants. 


I was impressed by Leah Oviedo and enjoyed her self defense seminar.  We learned and practiced simple, very effective moves to get out of any attack situation regardless of our size or strength. We definitely want to have Leah come back to the Resource Center and provide this training for others.-Carolyn Bolton, NC-LGBTQ Resource Center.

Leah was entertaining, efficient in communication and demonstration, and provided tools to not  only increase awareness about surroundings and personal safety but also to defensively attack back and escape to safety.  I would highly encourage women to attend this personal defense class.” – Deb Ferraro, Carlsbad Village Fitness and Yoga

Everyone has a right to freedom from assault and harassment. In a culture that blames victims, we must protect ourselves and when we are hurt, we have a right to not be blamed for it. Empower yourself and your community with a free self-defense seminar. Together we can create safer spaces!

Learn about Physical Self Defense

Learn about Emotional Self Defense

Learn about Sexual Harassment

Learn about Awareness and Prevention


Download “You Can Fight Back” here

(If you’d like to support my free self-defense classes, please donate below).


YOU have the right to fight back! * Be Aware, Be Prepared!

My journey to become a self defense instructor began when I was physically assaulted as a pre-teen and experienced bullying in school. Several years later I had the opportunity to work at a community resource center for domestic violence and sexual assault. Though I worked in the business department, through various training and seeing survivors coming to us for help I knew that prevention was where I belonged. So, in 2012 I earned my instructor certification through the Just Yell Fire program and have since learned even more moves and tactics to teach women and girls self defense.

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