Our Founder & CEO

Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO & Founder of Women's Self-Defense Institute and has been teaching women's self-defense programs for over 20 years. She is a tireless advocate of self-reliance and responsibility, encouraging women to actively protect life through awareness and education.

Angie holds the following certifications:

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in Kenpo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor in Combat Hapkido
  • Certified Instructor in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Certified instructor in International Police Defensive Tactics
  • Certified Workplace Violence Prevention Specialist
  • Certified Kid-Safe Network Agent
  • Certified Woman-Safe Network Agent
  • Professional Speaker
  • Published Author -
  • -"Practical Self Defense & Safety Tips for Today's Busy Female"
  • -"5 Simple Steps to Becoming a Reiki Master"
  • Reiki Master

    Angie created Women's Self-Defense Institute to share information, resources, products, training and advice about safety and survival to women nationally & internationally coping with a dangerous world. Angie brings humor and real world examples to her training empowering women to tap into their own strengths and become their own best self-defense advocates.

    Here are just a few things our clients are saying about Angie's training style:

    "Very knowledgeable about crime, prevention, defense and the law. Angie gave a sense of not feeling helpless and more empoyered to protect myself." - Sharon L.

    "She is sincere about informing and empowering women on how to defend themselves." - Tameka S.

    "Angie is extremely passionate and knowledgeable." - Leah M.

    "Angie is very animated and knowledgeable. She is very enthusiastic about teaching." - Erika K.

    "Angie is passionate, knowledgeable and personable." - Aylin T.

    "Angie is very enthusiastic and friendly. She made the class very comfortable." - Tara L.

    "Very Cool!" - Hina T.

    We offer various self-defense-programs for the individual, employer, group, or organization to increase their awareness and reduce their risk of becoming a crime victim from simple Lunch & Learn sessions to extended self defense programs.

    With the help of Women's Self-Defense Institute, women replace fear with skills, knowledge, training and confidence.