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Learn Self Defense with PlayItSafeDefense

Every parent fears that their child will be bullied, abducted… or worse. In 2003 Tracie Arlington, a mother and a black belt in Taekwondo, realized there was a need for self defense training for women and children that were not in the martial arts. So PlayItSafeDefense was born! Since then, PlayItSafeDefense has empowered hundreds of thousands of Boy and Girl Scouts, children, teens, women, and men by teaching them self defense skills. We use a fun and age-appropriate one-session class to build self-confidence and increase awareness skills that help prevent potential danger.

Our self defense techniques teach kids to respond appropriately to unique challenges they might face such as: Bullying prevention, friendship-drama, stranger danger awareness and safety, inappropriate touch from someone they might know, and abduction defense. We have taught hundreds of thousands of people to “Go Chihuahua Crazy!”™ and have seen first-hand how our unique teaching philosophy changes lives. Even a small child knows it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. We can travel to your location or check out our Classes page to join an open class today!




1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys were sexually assaulted before the age of 18. (National Center for Juvenile Justice, 2000)


27.8% of students report being bullied during the school year. (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2013)

Missing Children.

There were 424,066 entries into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center for missing or abducted children in 2018 alone. (NCMEC)

About Tracie Arlington.

Tracie is a mother of two sons and a strong advocate of child safety and self defense training. She has her black belt in Taekwondo, has been teaching self defense since 1998, and is a certified national instructor for the Women’s Self Defense Institute. In 2006 USA Freestyle Martial Arts voted her Instructor of the Year. Tracie has conducted thousands of classes for colleges, high schools, local businesses, mother groups, children’s camps, places of worship, community centers, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, and teen groups. She also speaks regularly to mom groups and women’s organizations throughout San Diego County on the importance of learning self defense.

Empower children.

Empower children to handle the myriad of challenges they face on a daily basis, know how to take control of a situation, and maintain that control as they get older.

Display confidence and boundaries.

Display confidence and boundaries through body language and to react quickly if necessary.

Increase awareness.

Increase awareness through fun and interactive awareness training.

Build self-esteem.

Build self-esteem by helping them become as self-reliant as possible in the face of danger.

Fighting should be avoided.

Reinforce that fighting should be avoided at all costs. However, if fighting is unavoidable, know that self-defense is not a game.

Relax parents fears.

Relax parents fears once they see their children’s capacity to respond in difficult circumstances.