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Self-Protection and Defense Training for Women

Learn to develop awareness, breathing and communication strategies as well as defense skills.  


Battle Woman® is the leading personal safety training program for individuals, specializing in assault prevention, stress management, and trauma recovery. Our scenario-based training features interactive discussions, practical demonstrations, and hands-on exercises focused on the ABC’s of Prevention: Awareness, Breathing, Communication as well as Defense Skill development.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (9NEWS) — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday that deputies arrested a 20-year-old man accused of being a "high-profile sexual predator" targeting women who were hiking.

Deputies responded around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday to the 27500 block of Stapleton Drive after receiving a call from a woman who was hiking in Stapleton Park near Beaver Brook Trail.


BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspected sexual predator wanted for targeting female hikers

 “I hate to say it, but I’m not altogether surprised,” Rachel Mahloch said. “I have a lot of runners who come to me for training. These things do happen on the trail.”


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Rachel Mahloch is a personal safety expert and founder of Battle Woman® self-protection and defense method.
She is devoted to helping women tap into their inner strength and providing them with the tools they need to feel secure in their lives. Rachel spent 20 years developing her skills in NYC, but her roots trace back to an Iowa farm. With a background spanning corporate business, operatic vocal performance, and martial arts, she brings a profound and diverse perspective to women’s safety and wellness.
Rachel boldly advocates for a proactive approach to violence prevention. She believes that personal protection extends far beyond the study of traditional self-defense and emphasizes the importance of risk mitigation through planning and practice to foster a mindset that empowers others to develop resilience, strength, and determination.
Battle Woman® focuses on developing awareness skills and providing women with tips on how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations, as well as providing women with practical self-defense skills that can be used in various situations. This includes identifying potential threats in different environments, such as parking lots, hiking trails, public transportation, and college campuses.
With an unbeatable fusion of strength and wit, Rachel serves as the ultimate source of inspiration for those who want to live a life that is free from fear.

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Everyone is affected by sexual violence.

Violent situations happen more often than you think. We can change these statistics by preventative practices and real-time defense skills and strategies to remain calm and controlled in the face of physical and mental harm.


One in three women globally, around 736 million, have been subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, according to new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Campus Sexual Violence:
Women ages 18-24 are at an elevated risk of sexual violence.



1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted). 


Voices from the Community

See how others are transforming their lives through self-protection and defense training. 

Jamie Taylor

This class is AWESOME!! You will learn some great self defense techniques that can be used in common real life scenarios. You'll also walk away feeling empowered, confident, and able to de-escalate situations and set boundaries to prevent them from happening. This class has it all!

Kelly Donovan

Rachel makes self-defense accessible and fun! We did 3 months of classes and it was such an empowering experience. Rachel did an amazing job teaching the building blocks then having us apply them in practical scenarios. The classes are also a great workout. I recommend her classes to any and all women!

Paola Barajas

Rachel’s class is exactly what I was looking for in self-defense, she teaches real life scenarios, what could happen, and what you should do. Rachel also teaches you how to find your voice to speak up in those scary situations and build confidence in yourself. Not to mention it’s an amazing work out each time, so you’re getting fit at the same time!

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