Strong & Safe Women's Self-Defense and Fitness

Arizona's premier self-defense and empowerment program for women and girls, and leading educators in teen and college safety. We provide information and classes to give our students the tools necessary to take charge of their own safety.

Our workshops are designed for women, by women. They address the range of concerns we have about our bodies, our safety, our lives. While the issues are life-or-death serious, the classes are fun. Our high energy approach makes learning this sensitive material both enjoyable and comfortable, and provides a safe environment for discussing difficult topics. We teach girls and women of all ages and w

11/11/2020

Thank you those who have served to preserve democracy for all of us. 🇺🇸

[10/21/20]   As businesses begin to reopen, we have been receiving an increasing number of training inquiries. I am returning them as fast as I can, but thought it best to publicly give an update. Because of my work in the community, and periodic Covid exposure, I concluded the only responsible action is to extend suspension of in person classes and trainings for the fall/winter sessions. After getting a sense of its direction over the coming months, we will reassess resuming trainings after the first of the year. As always, I am happy to continue advising and consulting on safety issues via email, phone, or online. While I miss teaching all you strong Phoenix area girls and women, and hate having to turn down requests to train, your safety and the safety of our community are of course more important. Please stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy, and I look forward to working with you all in the near future!
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While I don’t personally recommend in-person group trainings right now, if you would like to find a class, feel free to contact me and I will be happy to discuss referrals in your area!

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[09/12/20]   9/11/01. We all remember where we were when the first plane hit, and how we felt as the morning’s horrific events continued to unfold. I had a 3-year-old and 6-month-old twins, and wondered what kind of world I’d brought them into. That 3-year-old now lives and works in NYC (with a clear view from his home of lower Manhattan), and this year I think more about the parents, spouses, children, friends, with loved ones living and working in NYC, who had the added fear for the safety of their people. Never forget. 🇺🇸And add prayers for the currently 1,000 American souls dying daily (that’s a 9/11 every 3 days) in this horrible pandemic. 🙏 We pulled together then, we can do it again. 🇺🇸
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#september11 #neverforget #NYC #newyorkstrong #USA #strongnation #strongcommunities #strongfamilies #strongandsafeaz

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09/04/2020

Thanks, Mike Chavez, for digging up and sharing this old clip! Working the body in the old gym on 7th Ave. 🤜💥 Denise Rejent-Lee

07/29/2020

Challenge accepted. Strong women empower strong women. 👊💪❤️ Thank you, Emily Doell! #challengeaccepted

[07/28/20]   UPDATE: We are trying to return all class requests, but in the mean time, we want to give an update on plans to restart. The health and safety of our community is our first priority. It is the absolute focus of our mission. For this reason, in light of Arizona’s continued increases in Covid rates, Gov. Ducey’s closure mandates, and my work with the Phoenix Fire Department which is experiencing high numbers of Covid cases, we are continuing suspension of class offerings until further notice to minimize risk of exposure to our students. This was a difficult decision to make, and we are eager to get back to training girls and women to stay safe, but these are unprecedented times, and we must act out of caution and in the interest of protecting public health. At Strong and Safe, we aim to be part of the solution, not part of the continued problem. We miss you and look forward to training together again when it is safe to do so. Stay strong. Stay safe. Stay healthy ~ Denise Rejent-Lee
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04/21/2020

Still working regular shifts, but self-defense classes temporarily suspended, and all three “kids” home from college, testing the limits of our WiFi with online classes. We are doing our best to stay sane (and healthy) while we #staythef**khome with a makeshift gym - erg and weights inside, heavy bag outside. How are you adapting?
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#covid_19 #quarantine #covidlife #staythef**khome #adapt #longgame #strongwomen #strongfamilies #strongcommunities #stayfit #wegotthis #beadecenthuman #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

03/17/2020

Please be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We are in this together, and progress depends on the participation of ALL of us. Experts have requested that anyone not carrying out essential tasks or activities (markets, fire, police, medical facilities, banks, etc), please stay home. Connect (or reconnect) with your family, read, binge watch, create at-home workouts, sit in the sunshine, and know that we will be back to business as usual before we know it! Until then... #staythef**khome #flattenthecurve

Strong and Safe will be contacting private groups about rescheduling classes, and hope to be back up to full speed by summer! But we will do #WhateverItTakes to help our community stay healthy.

03/17/2020

The important things are not cancelled.
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#exceptmarchmadness #nohoopsthisyear😢 #livelife #priorities #staysafe #strongfamilies #strongcommunities #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz
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THANK YOU to all of the gyms, restaurants, bars, and other service providers who have made the selfless decision to close their doors to protect the public. Please join me in finding out who they are, and pledging to patronize their businesses when they can safely reopen. #staythef**khome

03/08/2020

Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner, and Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.
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Proud to live in a city, and work for an organization, that celebrates women in leadership everyday. Phoenix, a city of 1.5 million, is the largest municipality in the country to have both a female police and fire chief. .
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#internationalwomensday #phoenixfiredepartment #phoenixpolicedepartment #pfd #ppd #womeninleadership #femalefirstresponders #femalefirefighter #femalepoliceofficer #strongwomen #strongcommunities #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

01/01/2020

And those of us working on the roads tonight - Fire, Police, and others - want to make it home and want you and your loved ones to make it home too. Celebrate safe! #dontbeanidiot

12/02/2019

Phoenix area friends: This Saturday, Strong and Safe AZ teams up with Athleta for an hour of self-defense training! Don’t miss this fun free event - learn, train, and stay to shop!
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#athleta #strongandsafeaz #womensupportingwomen #empoweringwomen #selfdefense #strongwomen #holidayshopping

11/25/2019

As someone who just started drum lessons — at 53 — and REALLY sucks, this quote jumped out at me. While I struggle to master even the most basic tasks, I like the idea that it’s “brave”, rather than “stupid and hopeless”. 😆
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#newskills #bebrave #ditchtheego #mybrainhurts #neverstoplearning #justdoit #strongwomen #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

12news.com 11/09/2019

How can you protect yourself in dangerous rideshare situations?

We're all using ride shares (and so are most of our older kids). So I talked with Tram Mai at 12 News, following a Tucson woman's very scary ride share experience, about how to stay safe while continuing to enjoy the convenience of these services.

For a full list of the tips, scroll down in the article. If you or your kids use ride sharing, print it or jot it down and keep it with you as a checklist.

12news.com A Tucson woman was injured after the driver of the rideshare she thought she was in wouldn't let her out of the car and then robbed her.

12news.com 11/07/2019

How can you protect yourself in dangerous rideshare situations?

We team up with Tram Mai and 12 News, to give you tips to stay safe when using ride share services!

https://www.12news.com/mobile/article/news/local/valley/keeping-you-safe-rideshare-dangers/75-eb9c7454-100c-4063-b5ee-6edf67a5cb00

12news.com A Tucson woman was injured after the driver of the rideshare she thought she was in wouldn't let her out of the car and then robbed her.

houstonpress.com 11/05/2019

Teach Your Daughters to Hit People Who Touch Them

Rerunning one of my favorites. This is spot on, and beautifully articulates our perspective on the need for self-defense training.

"Is violence the ideal answer to sexual harassment? Of course it isn’t. The ideal answer is living in a world where this sort of thing is swiftly dealt with at all levels of authority with a zero-tolerance policy. Anytime y’all want to make that happen, you let me know. Until then, I’m teaching my daughter the proper way to throw a punch, and if you don’t like it, teach your kids the proper way to act."

houstonpress.com If you don’t like it, teach your kids the proper way to act.

09/26/2019

Today it is #NationalWomensHealthandFitnessDay AND #NationalDaughtersDay. I am blessed with this amazing daughter; a young woman who exemplifies commitment to health and fitness. From begging to play t-ball the first time she saw her older brother play, to a D1 college athlete, this girl just doesn’t stop! .
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#nationaldaughtersday #nationalwomenshealthandfitnessday #strongwomen #stronggirls #proudmom #healthyhabits #mygirl #womensfitness #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

09/18/2019

“The desert tells a different story every time one ventures on it.” ∼Robert Edison Fulton Jr., One Man Caravan
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I caught these storm clouds brewing on last week’s hike in the north valley. Beautiful Arizona. .
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#getout #hikeaz #arizonahiking #hiking #fitness #womensfitness #strongwomen #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

09/10/2019

• RAISE AWARENESS NOT STIGMA • Su***de victims are not “weak”, or “selfish”, or “cowards”. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, and friends who were in great pain and are missed and loved every single day. Choose your words wisely and do not judge what you cannot possibly understand. .
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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Su***de Prevention Helpline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

08/23/2019

This year’s school send off post hits especially hard around our house. Launching the last two, we are ... excited, sad, proud, nervous, and just about every other feeling. Bottom line: They are ready, and so are we. To everyone else watching their babies go out into the world, you did it! Give yourself a little pat on the back (maybe shed a tear or two), and watch them soar!
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#rootsandwings #raisingindependentkids #resilience #strongfamilies #strongkids #parenting #grownandflown #college #itstime #emptynest #newbeginnings #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

08/20/2019

This Saturday, 9:30-11:00am, at Jabz Via Linda — don’t miss out! Contact the gym directly to ask about availability and to register. .
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#jabzboxing #womensfitness #womensboxing #womensselfdefense #azselfdefense #phxselfdefense #strongwomen #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

08/03/2019

Due to demand, we are offering one last college safety class — condensed down to the essentials. In this 75-minute class, we’ll cover topics related to campus (and off campus) security, social/dating safety, and basic striking skills. If you know a young woman on her way to college for the first time, returning to college, or a recent grad, don’t miss this! Register online at www.strongandsafeaz/signup, or email to [email protected] and we’ll put you on the list!.
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#collegesafety #collegeprep #selfdefense #womensselfdefense #azselfdefense #phxselfdefense #stronggirls #strongwomen #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

07/25/2019

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Credit @wordporm #pirateship #pirategirls #piratemoms #mycrew #parenting #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

[06/03/19]   GREAT group of moms and teens at today’s college/teen safety class!! So proud of our girls heading off to college. ❤️ Up tomorrow: Jabz Fit and Fun Summer Camp at Jabz Scottsdale Thunderbird. Can’t wait to train with these strong girls! .
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#collegesafety #teensafety #strongwomen #stronggirls #womenhelpingwomen #empoweringwomen #whateverittakes #phxselfdefense #azselfdefense #womensselfdefense #teenselfdefense #girlscamp #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

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05/27/2019

One week left until our only open college/teen safety class of the summer! Grab your spot and give your daughter the tools to navigate safety challenges next school year. (Registration link in bio 👆).
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#collegesafety #campussafety #teensafety #teenselfdefense #sororitysafety #daughters #stronggirls #strongwomen #selfdefense #womensselfdefense #azselfdefense #phxselfdefense #womenhelpingwomen #empoweringwomen #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

05/17/2019

It’s that time of year! We’re all looking to keep our girls safe as they head off to college. Here’s our one and only open College Safety Send Off this summer. Don’t miss it! Registration is now open (link in bio ☝️). Moms (sisters, aunts, etc) welcome too!!
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#collegesafety #teensafety #daughters #campussafety #strongwomen #stronggirls #womenhelpingwomen #empoweringwomen #phxselfdefense #azselfdefense #womensselfdefense #collegeselfdefense #teenselfdefense #collegeprep #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz @ Phoenix, Arizona

05/04/2019

Phoenix Indian Center

I'll be HERE today. Please join, if you are able, and learn about this important topic. Then stay for some self-defense training!

Today is our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Convening. We know it is going to be a tough day for us and the attendees but together we will support, educate and discuss next steps for this issue concern. We thank you in advance for joining us today. Through prayer and community support, we will be stronger and honor those loved ones passed and missing.

Here is the address if you didn't pick it up in an earlier post: 930-430PM at the Town of Guadalupe Tribal Offices - 9241 S Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, AZ 85283. There will be signs outside the building.

Here is a few notes about today: Informational sessions (data/stats update, human trafficking presentation, LGBTQ2S and domestic violence presentation and talking circles will occur between 930-330; lunch is provided; A Women's Self Defense training will occur between 330-430.

Two projects will also occur today: Wall of hope and remembrance for those we are thinking of (we know some tribes should not speak of those passed and ask for messages of hope and strength) and, if you can, bring an earring - one side of a pair where you have lost one. These two items are our community's way to show how vast this issue is, pay honor and remembrance and build strength amongst ourselves.

One last thing...we have a limited number of t-shirts that will be given to attendees today. We will have more produced and they will be for sale at the Phoenix Indian Center - 4520 N Central Ave. Ste. 250 Phoenix, AZ 85012. Give us a week to produce more, watch our posts, and we'll let you know when they are available.

04/28/2019

Great to be back at Phoenix Country Club! Thanks to all who came out and trained hard today! 💪
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@phxcountryclub #stronggirls #strongwomen #empoweringwomen #whateverittakes #womensselfdefense #phxselfdefense #azselfdefense #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

positivelypositive.com 04/26/2019

How to Set (And Keep!) Healthy Boundaries

Boundary-setting is the key to staying safe and - bonus - it makes it easier to w**d toxic people from your life! Great read ...

positivelypositive.com Remember: being loving is being real, authentic and courageous. It is not all words of affirmation and rosy language. Consider what boundaries it may be time to set to grow yourself and your relationships.

[02/23/19]   Quick escape to the mountains then back to work this weekend training a women’s group and boxing gym! Getting out of the city and into nature never disappoints, even if it’s a short trip. This was my actual view on this morning’s hike between rain storms. 🌧🏔🏕 I ❤️ Arizona.
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#getoutside #nature #travelsolo #wander #wanderlust #escape #adventure #adventureiscalling #gowild #stronggirls #strongwomen #hiking #hikeaz #arizonahiking #azwinter #arizonawinter #ilovearizona #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz

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[02/12/19]   A very very tired pirate. With a sore hip. But I can still do pirate s**t... tomorrow. 😆⚓️☠️⚔️
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#pirateforlife #tiredpirate #ageisjustanumber #keepgoing #butsleepisgoodtoo #motherhood #momlife #strongwomen #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz
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[02/06/19]   National Girls and Women in Sports Day! This is one we can definitely get behind at our house. 👊🏀⚾️🏸⛳️🥊🥋⛸🏋🏻‍♀️⛹️‍♀️🏄‍♀️🚣‍♀️ ⛵️etc, etc .
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#nationalgirlsandwomeninsportsday #stronggirls #strongwomen #fitwomen #womeninsports #girlsinsports #adventure #strongdaughters #likemotherlikedaughter #womensboxing #womensrowing #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz
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[01/31/19]   Upcoming trainings: Some of these groups we’ve had the pleasure of training before, and some we welcome to our Strong and Safe family! Our next public class is through the City of Scottsdale. Here is the link to register on the city’s recreation page:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/scottsdale/activity_search

#womensupportingwomen #empoweringwomen #selfdefense #azselfdefense #phxselfdefense #strongwomen #stronggirls #teensafety #whateverittakes #strongandsafe #strongandsafeaz
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12/15/2018

Group photo from the first of two trainings this week with Project Access. Phenomenal organization and phenomenal young women!

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Loved watching the "I can't" turn into "I can" tonight. @strongandsafeaz thanks for coming out and empowering these wonderful ladies!
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