Every day we hear statistics about sexual assault and other attacks on women, how walking alone in an empty parking lot or going for a run while wearing headphones are dangerous habits to be avoided at all costs.
Many of us can pull numbers out of our back pocket — such as 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, or that 8 out of 10 sexual assaults were committed by an acquaintance — as we are inundated with information meant to inspire women to be more cautious and to take steps toward protecting themselves. And while these numbers and facts are meant to encourage women to take proactive steps toward safeguarding themselves, frequently these statistics are more intimidating and dissuading than anything else.
At Norfolk Karate Academy we certainly embrace the truth behind the numbers, but also recognize that instilling fear in women is not the most productive way to encourage them to take charge of their own safety. When faced with the reality of potential assault, we feel that a positive, proactive approach is a more empowering. We encourage women to add skills to their personal tool kits that will allow them to feel safe and confident in any situation.
Our women’s self defense program focuses on how any woman, short or tall, strong or weak, regardless of fitness or ability level, can learn techniques that can take a negative, potentially devastating situation from scary to empowering. Rather than relying on strength and complexity, the techniques we teach focus on using easy, leverage-based moves to allow a smaller, weaker target to escape. Presenting these techniques in a light-hearted, fun environment allows the students to learn invaluable skills in an enjoyable setting, rather than centering on the harsh reality that creates the necessity for such skills.
In collaboration with ODU’s Women’s Center, each school year we offer a series of women’s self defense seminars aimed at educating and empowering women to take charge of their personal safety and welfare. These seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Our next free women’s self defense seminar is on March 18th from 12:30 to 2:30pm. If you would like to attend please RSVP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (757)623-8997. No experience is necessary and we encourage all women to take advantage of this opportunity. Bring your mother, sister, roommate, friend, coworker—we want all women to be and feel empowered.
Unable to attend our March seminar? The last seminar of the 2016-2017 school year will be on Saturday, April 1st, running from 12:30-2:30pm. We also offer classes weekly, Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:30pm and Saturday mornings from 11:00am to noon. We offer a free consecutive ten day trial to all new students and would love to see you on the mats.
Join us to learn how to defend yourself and have fun while doing it.
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