About Lori Lara

Always listen to your intuition. 

It's your superpower of

self- protection. 

Lori Lara teaches girls and women how to protect themselves from unsafe people, so they can live with confidence and peace of mind. From dangerous predators looking for a victim to boundary-crashing loved ones that add stress and anxiety to every day life. As a third degree black-belt in mixed martial arts and creator of The Strong Girl Self-Defense Program, Lori teaches unique blend of effective fighting skills while also building the mental, emotional, and spiritual foundations of self-protection.


With a positive and engaging teaching style, Lori teaches students how to recognize and avoid dangerous situations and how to fight back if they find themselves 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 can overcome everything. You are worth protecting and you don't have to be a black belt to learn how to protect yourself and live in peace."


 Everywhere she goes, Lori shares her personal story of overcoming major depression, PTSD, and addiction, resulting from childhood trauma. She loves sharing the message of hope and redemption through God’s love and 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, and working with churches and other empowering organizations.


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

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