I have been training in Moh Pai for over 10 years and feel very strongly about women and teenage girls learning how to defend themselves. Many females feel uncomfortable walking alone or going anywhere alone. What if you are dating, that can be an uncomfortable situation as well. Women worry about sexual assault and being put in a position where they feel defenseless. Women’s self-defense classes can help build confidence and strength.
Assault and violence are on the rise
According to statistics, 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted. The city of Seattle is already posting 62 rapes, 364 robbery’s and 614 aggressive assaults so far this year. You can read more on these and other stats on their dashboard here. And, Tacoma has surpassed Seattle with a Crime Index of 2; with 100 being the safest. That means Tacoma, which is closer to us than Seattle, is ‘Safer than 2% of U.S. Cities’ (https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wa/tacoma/crime). That does not make me feel safe in any fashion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, and nearly half of all men and women have experienced psychological aggression from a partner. This means it’s even more important to be able to protect yourself.
Training in martial arts is great, I love the continuous learning and the confidence along with the fact that it keeps me in shape as I get close to 50. I have made a life long commitment to training, but not everyone has the time or the desire to dedicate large amounts of time to training. Between caring for loved ones and working, women feel they do not have the time to dedicate to caring for themselves. This is where women’s self-defense classes can be very useful.
What women’s self-defense classes offer
Women’s self-defense classes can help to fill many areas of need for women. First of all, you can make new friends as you lean techniques that will help you, if put in a defensive situation. You will also lean confidence and be more aware of your surroundings. Both of these help to reduce the likelihood that you will be attacked. Not only that, but you will get exercise and strength building while you learn these techniques.
Women’s self-defense classes are geared towards the average woman. There are short sessions that can fit into your busy schedule. You don’t have to be fit or have any self-defense knowledge. If you have the desire to learn to protect yourself then these classes may be for you. however, it is important to check out the class that you are thinking about joining. Women’s defense is different than martial arts but can still hold value for many women.
Information on our Women’s self defense class