A student and observer of violence dynamics, Beverly Baker began her education as a girl with wanderlust undeterred by tales of the boogeyman. She has dodged peril and outwitted threats on the streets of major American cities, Europe, the former Eastern Bloc and Southern Africa.
She has developed and taught personal safety courses for LAPD's Community Police Academy, corporations, LA's Skid Row, women’s shelters, colleges/universities, public school districts and the general public for 20 years.
She holds a 2nd dan black belt in Cha Yon Ryu martial arts, and over the past 30 years has studied various martial arts including traditional Asian arts, Krav Maga and boxing. She currently trains in judo.
Beverly is a volunteer escort at a healthcare clinic where she observes and physically manages the principles of conflict on the front lines where politics and religion collide.
She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with a focus in digital media management.
Understanding Violence, Emory University
Law of Self-Defense, Level One (for educational purposes only, I am not a lawyer)
CERT: Community Emergency Response Team (via LAFD)
American Red Cross: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Conflict Communications, Rory Miller (Chiron Training)
R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense
90 Hours of Conflict Resolution, Texas Association of Mediators
What People Are Saying...
I've been telling my female neighbors about your class. The tactics and thought processes you discuss are so invaluable, I describe your class as empowering individuals for city living by filling in the gap between what people may think is common sense, and that unwanted situation of using physical self defense. The gap in between the two is larger than people realize, and your class provides ways to avoid that most unpleasant physical situation
- Debby Z, DTLA resident
I use the "magic elbow" almost everyday at least once! It's amazing how effective this simple tool is in an urban setting. Thanks for that. Also, your teachings have made me more aware of my surroundings in a different manner than I was previously. I was always aware but now I notice people and situations in a more predictive way. I liked, also, that your seminar isn't about fear but instead about the sociology of human interaction. That's how I've been explaining it to people that have asked about it.
- Roger Gendron, DTLA resident
Beverly has tapped into a whole new way to think about personal safety. It's an approach accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender, size or physical training. Truly eye-opening and worth every minute of insight she has to share. - Elizabeth O.
I cannot thank you enough for your valuable insights! The elbow is my go-to confidence move when I'm feeling unsafe.
So I did have another minor situation with a homeless man a few weeks ago, he tried to grab the front of my shirt (maybe for my crossbody bag) but I was already watching him so I saw his hand coming. I was able to jump into the bike lane and avoid him.
- Megan Siegfried, DTLA resident
There are few things in the world that can completely change your perspective and immediately improve your daily life in just a few hours. This is one of those.
This class should be a mandatory prerequisite to being a city dweller. Beverly brilliantly breaks down the psychology of predatory behavior and teaches us how to see them from a mile away. And if we can identify the dangers, then we can put ourselves beyond their reach.
- Lance S.
There's so much gold packed into this class that it's amazing how easy Beverly makes it to understand. You could see people's minds being blown as she unpacks the situations that everyone's found themselves in at one point or another.
- Stephanie S.