About Lori Lara

Always listen to your intuition. 

It's your superpower of

self- protection. 

Lori Lara teaches students how to protect themselves from unsafe people - from dangerous predators looking for a victim to boundary-crashing loved ones that add stress and anxiety to every day life. With a third degree black-belt in mixed martial arts, a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and master's degree in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in prevention (April, 2022), Lori teaches a unique blend of effective self-defense/offensive skills while also building the mental and emotional foundations of self-protection, strength, and peace of mind.


With a positive and engaging teaching style, Lori teaches how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and how to fight back if you find yourself in one. Whether she's teaching high school or college students, a Girl Scout troop, sports team, high-risk youth or sex trafficking and domestic violence survivors, her message is the same: "No matter who you are or what you've been through, you're worth protecting and you can heal and overcome anything."


 Everywhere she goes, Lori shares her personal story of overcoming major depression and post-traumatic stress, resulting from childhood trauma. She loves sharing the message of hope and freedom found in working through mental health struggles in God's healing power.


In addition to teaching self-defense and empowerment both locally and on the road, Lori’s a contributing author of Hope in the Mourning (Zondervan), A Fierce Flourishing, Becoming Starry Eyed (MOPS International), Chicken Soup for the Soul, and numerous recovery sites. She enjoys recording podcasts and being a guest speaker for MOPS International, Saving Innocence, Brave Global, Yellow Ribbon Fund, and working with churches and other non-profit and empowering organizations.

Lori lives in California with her husband Robert and their two sons. When she isn’t writing and teaching, Lori enjoys meaningful conversations around the kitchen table, spending time with family and friends, and collaborating with others to bring goodness and healing into the world.