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When we are empowered to live our lives confidently and freely…

There is no limit to what we can do

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Speaker. Self-Defense Expert. Facilitator. Advocate. Adventurer.

My mission is to uplift women and empower people around the globe with personal safety, self-defense, violence prevention and boundaries education. I'm the CEO of Girls Fight Back and a dynamic international speaker who has traveled around the world to audiences of various demographics from diverse communities because I believe that giving people the tools and skills to address their fears can help them live their lives freely, without limits and confidently no matter where their life journeys take them.

Let me help your group reclaim their voice and power!

My high energy, engaging and interactive self-defense and personal safety programs are inclusive, trauma informed, evidence based, victim centered and grounded in empowerment self-defense strategies. I teach simple and practical techniques that are immediately useful for managing your boundaries and personal safety. I want to help people of all genders, races, ages, sexual orientations and ability levels open up their world and feel self-reliant. Instead of giving you a list of "don'ts", which is often misguided advice, I will teach you how to live your life limitlessly. Self-defense gives you a choice in how to respond to a situation and recognize danger so you can decide what works best for you.

My programs are available as Virtual or OnSite events. I can travel to you!

VeryWellFit voted Girls Fight Back

 2021 Best Online Self-Defense Class for Groups & Organizations!

Whether you want to feel more confident handling verbal or physical encounters on the street, on campus, on a run or hike, in the office, on base, in your online meeting, with friends, at church, during a night out, at home, on the road or on the trails, I can show you options for dealing with situations in a safe and empowered way. You will walk away with immediately useful life-skills that are invaluable. You are worth fighting for!

"I love that her skills are so simple, effective, and practical, and can be applied even if you don’t have a self defense background."

I deliver keynotes, speak on panels, facilitate discussions, lead workshops and more!

I have self-defense programs available to address safety concerns for AAPI Communities amid the recent increase in hate crimes and violence.

I serve a variety of groups including but not limited to:

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My Self-Defense for Solo Travel Video is Now Available!

Are you ready to be empowered for your next solo trip?

Self-defense is about claiming personal power and developing confidence in your own ability to protect yourself.

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Girls Fight Back

Girls Fight Back is the world-renowned personal safety and empowerment self-defense program for women and girls since 2o01!

As Seen On:

CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Glamour, VeryWellFit, Runner's World

Gender Inclusive Programs Available!

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International Speaker

I have facilitated workshops, delivered keynotes and led seminars at over 90 military installations and at universities, high schools, corporations, conventions and private groups worldwide.

Self-Defense Expert

In addition to running Girls Fight Back, I am a lead instructor at IMPACT Personal Safety, where we teach full force self-defense skills using adrenalized, realistic, scenario based training.

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Outdoor Defense

I created #OutdoorDefense to empower people to enjoy outdoors activities solo with basic self-defense skills!

Speaking programs available!

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Self-Defense is So Much More than physical skills.


"If you're looking to spur positive change, inspire hope, and motivate courage in people's lives then look no further. Nicole delivered an impact filled presentation on the importance of boundaries, using one's voice, standing up for ourselves and others. She also presented thought provoking information on personal safety, awareness and other facets of human psychology. Her compelling training sparked stirring discussions and helped all of us understand the significance of our emotions, our interactions with others and intuition. "

Teresa Loya, Vandenberg Air Force Base, SAPR Victim Advocate

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"Her enthusiasm and her warmth are contagious; students invariably come out of her classes feeling stronger, happier, and more confident than when they came in. Nicole makes self-defense training fun as well as informative."



Certificate of Appreciation from SgtMaj Fields at Camp Hansen, Okinawa

Certificate of Appreciation from Lieutenant General, William M. Burleson III, Commanding General for 8th Army, Seoul, South Korea



Voted Best Online Self-Defense Class 2021 for Groups or Organizations- by VeryWellFit

NACA Conventions

Showcasing Lecturer

Educational Session Leader



NACP Credentialed Advocate

PADI Open Water Diver

Wilderness Survival & First Aid



Difference Makers (10 Strong)




IMPACT Personal Safety

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