About Us

Empowered Strategies, LLC provides effective, empowerment-based self-defense training to small businesses, corporations, schools, not-for-profits, community groups, churches, and private groups. We believe effective training and skill building can give you the knowledge you need to feel safer and more confident in your relationships and daily life. We strive to offer our services at a reasonable cost – Our priority is to reach people of all backgrounds to provide high quality services to empower and inform.

We teach Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) and Krav Maga techniques to provide a comprehensive strategy for increasing your safety. ESD is the only method of self-defense instruction that has been shown to be effective not only in giving women the tools to defend themselves, but in reducing rates of attempted assault. Krav Maga is a system of physical self-defense skills that the Israeli army teaches to its soldiers. It has gained popularity among law enforcement and military around the world. It has also been recognized as an excellent resource for civilian self-defense due to its simplicity and effectiveness against larger and stronger attackers.

Lead Instructor

Juli Brown is the lead instructor and owner of Empowered Strategies, LLC. She has been teaching self-defense classes since 2009 and has worked for over 20 years to empower women. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Karate, and a certified Full Instructor in Krav Maga. She is a member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, and a Certified Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor. She also competes on the regional, national, and world levels in sport karate competitions in sparring and forms; and was a 2-time Gold Medal winner at the WKC World Championships in 2019.

Juli worked with women and children as a counselor and advocate for 10 years in the sexual assault and domestic violence fields. After she began taking martial arts classes, she saw the empowering effects that learning self-defense can have – and the practical benefits to help women live free from violence. After joining the staff as an instructor at National Karate, where she trained, she began teaching self-defense classes to a wide variety of groups including area women’s groups, churches, social service agencies, high schools, and businesses. In 2019 she founded Empowered Strategies to continue pursuing her passion for women’s empowerment.

Contact info
Bartlett, IL 60103
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