You were born to be extraordinary

And Kore can help bring that alive for students across the gender spectrum. Home to the #500Rising Project, we are the premier self-defense training center for women in the U.S. It’s not an idle claim, although it is a bold one and we stand confidently behind it. Specifically, our programming integrates the physical and psychological training that can reduce the risk of being targeted for types of violence particularly concerning to women (rape, abduction, sexual assault & partner-based abuse).

What sets Kore apart?

Kore was founded by one of the top ranked women in the United States. Beyond certification as an expert in Krav Maga, she is a court-recognized subject matter in violence dynamics with nearly 30 years as a psychotherapist working with survivors. Kore is backed by team of experienced instructors in women’s self-defense working alongside the founder creating innovative approaches in self-defense for women.

Fail the predatory interview

Most criminals who target women regardless of the crime, begin their attack long before you see them. This process is what we call the Predatory Interview. They look at how you move, how you walk, how you use eye contact, etc. Training with us will change all of those things. You will move with a level of confidence that will cause you to FAIL THE PREDATORY INTERVIEW from a distance.




With so many fitness options, why choose Kore Self Defense?

You have more fitness options than grocery stores here in Loudoun County. Training in a Krav Maga based self-defense program will do one thing the other programs can never do for you: remarkably decrease your chances of being approached as a potential crime victim.

Although Krav Maga is one of the best systemized approaches for self-defense training, Tammy understands no single system can be the sum total source of information. She has trained under other violence experts Including international expert & author, Rory Miller, with whom she has a collaborative working relationship.

Ongoing Events for Women: FIRST FRIDAYS!


The first Friday of every month we host a women’s only self-defense workshop.

  • Free to the public and open to even the newest beginner
  • No registration required
  • Classes are taught by certified individuals, the groundbreaking international women’s self-defense program that got it’s start right here at Kore
  • 7:00-8:15 pm

*Note: please check our Facebook page for any possible cancellations, particularly around holiday weekends.


First and most important: Training in Krav Maga changes how you walk, move, & generally manage your body in all aspects of life.

Women who train in Krav Maga hear the following remarks:

  • “What are you doing? The way you walk has changed.”
  • “Wow, I don’t know what you’ve been doing…but if I was a mugger I wouldn’t come within 10 feet of you.”
  • “You are one of the most confident women I know. How’d you get there?”

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Kore is the birthplace of the #500Rising Project.


We stand on strong shoulders of women who have gone before us.

500 Rising started as a face-palm blog post. A personal rant about strength and power with the #METOO movement. The METOO movement helped bring activation for social awareness in the entertainment industry and it had some impact. What no meme or hashtag can do (and yes we have a hashtag too), is give Target demographics the skills necessary to change the statistics in sexual violence.

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