The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of those that do evil, but because of those who watch it and let it happen. - Albert Einstein
Violence against women is an everyday reality. It can cast a shadow over many women's movements in public and private settings. The possibility alone is enough to terrorize women to the point where many feel unable to do everyday activities or even wearing certain clothing. One answer to this threat is Women's Self-Defense.
Since violence against women does not discriminate against age, class, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, it is important that all women, no matter how young or old, are taught the basic means to defend themselves. Women's self-defense offers possibilities for both reacting to and preventing violent situations. It gives women both physical and critical tools to respond to potentially harmful and life threatening encounters.
This seminar addresses self-defense education in two ways: through awareness and fighting back. We signify confidence in several ways. One of the first things we teach is how to present yourself as a "hard target" and making yourself appear confident and aware.
According to statistics, eighty percent of women who yelled and ran from an attacker were able to get away without physical harm. Sixty percent who either yelled or ran… got away. Therefore, the second step we teach is a woman’s ability to act for themselves and the ability to fight back. Each class is taught that her voice is a weapon and can be just as harmful to an attacker as any physical technique she might use.
The third step is physical technique. We begin with the basics, using your keys, purse or shopping bags as weapons, striking vulnerable body parts (e.g., knees, throat, eyes, nose), to kicks and punches taught in the schools regular martial arts curriculum. Each student is given an opportunity to practice these techniques hands on by combining both verbal and physical techniques on padded targets.
Self-defense education has both immediate and long-term effects. Students will leave this seminar with the necessary skills and information to decrease their chances of becoming a victim.
Sidekicks Martial Arts has been providing quality martial arts instruction to adults and children in the Carrollton, Little Elm and McKinney communities since 1994. Master Rine and his qualified staff are unsurpassed in providing individual attention, leadership, and patience.