Women’s Self Defense
Unfortunately, we live in a world where self defense is necessary. We believe everyone should be armed with the knowledge on how to defend themselves – men, women, everyone. The National Institute of Justice concluded “In assaults against women, most self-protective tactics reduced the risk of injury compared to non resistance. According to the researchers, the only self-protective tactics that appear to increase the risk of injury significantly were those that are ambiguous and not forceful. These included stalling, cooperating and screaming from pain or fear.”
According to Psychology Today:
- Self-defense can work. There are decades of data, referenced by the National Institute of Justice, that support the effectiveness of self-defense, verbal and physical, in stopping rape and sexual assault.
- Self-defense advocates and instructors know that rape and sexual assault is always the fault and responsibility of the perpetrator, and never the fault or responsibility of the target, victim, or survivor.
- Self-defense offers women an option for risk reduction and maintaining their safety in ways that increase their freedom to the world, rather than limiting their freedom and options the way that relying on avoidance strategies and male protection does. In fact, the reliance on the men in our lives to maintain our safety is problematic; according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost 80 percent of the perpetrators of sexual violence against women between 2005 and 2010 were family members, intimate partners, friends, or acquaintances.
- Self-defense is a legal right open to women just as it is to men.
- Self-defense challenges the notion that women’s bodies are inherently vulnerable to men’s and the notion that men’s bodies are unstoppable.
- Self-defense challenges the belief that rape is thwarted only by the perpetrator “coming to his senses”, through bystander interference, or divine intervention.
- Self-defense training changes the broader culture that supports rape culture (or did you think it was just coincidence that so many guys think assertive women aren’t sexy?).
- Self-defense training teaches women the skills that facilitate the setting of healthy emotional and physical boundaries.
- Self-defense is empowering, and can change women’s beliefs about what they are capable of and what they are entitled to.
The excuse that “My man will protect me” and “I don’t go places where I need it” are not valid. Is your husband/significant other with you 24/7? Maybe they have been incapacitated? What happens if they are the one involved in the attack? Are attacks only limited to certain locations?
Level 5 Combat Systems presents a hands on Women’s Only Self Defense/Personal Protection class designed for women and teen girls. This is not a martial arts program, but it draws from 20+ years of experience in various martial arts. The techniques are easy to learn and retain as well as very effective. Classes are taught by highly qualified instructors certified in Use of Force, Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Defensive Aerosol (pepper spray) and more. Take back your life and help conquer the fear!
This class will help you:
· Improve Confidence
· Increase Awareness
· Learn to defend yourself
· Learn to protect yourself and those around you
Classes held on a Saturday from 9AM – 1PM in Boulder. To register please contact Boulder Valley School District Lifelong Learning at http://bvsd.org/lll/Pages/default.aspx or (720) 561-5968
Classes already scheduled for 2017:
- Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Women’s Self Defense Class
- Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Mother & Daughter Class
- Saturday, November 11, 2017- Women’s Self Defense Class
- Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Level 2 Women’s Self Defense
Class is limited to 20 people per session – minimum is 4-6
Minimum age: 11
What to wear – sweats or workout clothes.
NOTE: Pre-registration is mandatory.
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