Educate. Encourage. Empower. These are all powerful words that anyone can rally behind. However, we specifically chose these words to define what happens when teaching women self-defense. We want to educate them about how to defend themselves. We want to encourage them to be strong and forceful should the situation arise. And we want to empower women helping them to understand that despite their size, age, physical prowess that they CAN defend themselves against an unwelcome danger.
We hear about it in the news, whether it is locally or nationally, where women are assaulted in parking lots, at shopping centers, at the park, or even in their homes. The media could cause us all to believe one of several things: 1. That could never happen to me, in my town, in my subdivision, in my school, 2. That we should never leave our homes because danger lurks everywhere, or 3. That we should all run out and buy a gun! The Wicked Queen’s response to all of that, “Good grief!” Let’s just make this clear, no one is immune from savagery. Bad people do bad things and we just hope we are not in their way with the switch flips. You can live in the best neighborhood, have the security gates, the alarm system, etc. and if a “bad guy” wants what you have, he/she will try to take it. They are bad guys. They do bad things. To anybody. Secondly, I don’t know about you, but I can’t live my life within the same four walls of my isolated home. I have to live in the world, not be of the world. And lastly, “everybody go get a gun”. Great! So now you have a gun. Do you know how it works? Do you know how to shoot? Do you practice with it on a regular basis? Do you practice using it under stress drills (like someone attacking you)? No? Then it’s about as useful as a stick. The media would drive you to craziness, even companies are trying to jump on the fear bandwagon. I heard the other day about an app that you use on your phone to take the bad guys picture and record whats happening (sounds threatening-ooo). Great! After the attack is all over, you can share that with the police. Seriously. Let’s not all loose our heads with fear over what we hear or see in the media. Let’s do something.
While I know a lot of this sounds juvenile, it is honest. The only person who can defend you is YOU! Do not rely on a place, a person, or a thing to protect you. Learn to do it yourself! With that said…. here is a great opportunity to feed your need to defend yourself. We have another Educate. Encourage. Empower. Seminar coming up on Saturday, October 8th at 9:30AM. This is open to anyone (ages 13+) who believes they need to learn to defend themselves – that means YOU! It also means your daughter, your sister, your friend, your neighbor, your mother, even your mother-in-law (ok well, maybe not her – just kidding – yes, her too!). The cost is $30.
Our very own Professor André Mateus, a third degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, will be leading this 2 to 3 hour seminar. We will learn to use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grappling techniques involving leverage and positions to render a potential attacker ineffective. André’s jovial and sincere nature is a perfect combination to teach you some of the skills to defend yourself against an objectionable character. Come and spend some time adding tools to your tool belt that will aid you far longer than the few hours that you sacrifice on a Saturday.
General athletic wear is all that is necessary: shorts, sweat pants, yoga pants, and a sleeved t-shirt. No shoes please.
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email.
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