Did you know every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted? Which means 1 sexual assault every 107 seconds.
And that is sexual assault. Sometimes a perpetrator isn’t after you, but is after your purse, your phone, or just to hurt someone.
Sad to think those are the facts, but in the world we live in we all should be able to defend ourselves if you ever have to face it. And with a little preventative measures, you can keep try to yourself from getting into a bad situation.
As part of a special women’s only defense class with Black Belt Nick Chamberlain at Chamberlain’s Studios in Dallas, I was able to not just learn a few tactical moves to be able to handle myself if I was assaulted as well as as real easy tips that put into place will keep me ever safer no matter where I’m at or what situation I’m put in. A few of us even threw down a few moves and even split a board in half with “break a board for a buck” for the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas.
The Genesis Women’s Shelter provides shelter, safety, counseling, and expert services to battered women and their children. A Dallas organization that began in 1985, their mission is to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children and raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence.
5 Easy Tips to Keep You Safe
- Prevention is always the best form of defense. Keep intruders out by having good locks on all doors and windows. Drive with doors locked. Stay away from deserted areas (day or night) and travel with friends.
- Train yourself to be alert and aware of potential dangers. Learn to notice things out of place (someone following, for example.)
- Surprise is a valuable weapon. Your attacker does not know that you are capable of fighting back. Striking first without delay will give you a definite advantage.
- Be sure and aggressive in your response. Don’t worry about injuring your attacker, they have made a commitment to do you harm so you must make a commitment to stop them – whatever it takes!
- Remember, the attacker is not looking for a fight. He preys on the easy target. Learn to walk tall and be confident in everything you do. If you are confident, assertive and determined they may well look for easier prey.
I personally believe that this class should be a part of the college curriculum, especially for women. It’s such a fundamental need to be smart and protect yourself especially in this age of technology where everything is shared and everything can be tracked.
You also can take advantage of this important opportunity with an upcoming free women’s defense course with Chamberlain’s Studios on Nov. 21. While the class is free, donations will benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter. Women will receive a free two-hour interactive self defense course and work out including self defense tactics and safety tips. Women can also ‘Break a Board for a Buck’ where each dollar will benefit Genesis.The Dallas Police Department Northwest Substation will also have an officer there to cover general/holiday safety and awareness topics. Best of all, free child care (for those 4 and up) is provided by the Chamberlain trained staff in neighboring gym where kids (potty trained and up) will experience martial art school activities and exercises. After class free pizza by the great Primo Brothers Pizza (32 yr old Lake Highlands establishment.)
Free Women’s Defense Course with Chamberlain’s Studios
Nov. 21, 10 am – noon
St. John’s Episcopal School
484 Harter Road
Dallas, Texas 75218
Comfortable clothes recommended.
Participants should follow the drive way to the back part of our campus and the Main Gym will be located on the far east side of the building and down the stairs.
In addition to being kind and easy to learn from, the Chamberlain’s team knows how to host an event including the upcoming Brewhaha, Free Family Fitness Day (every last Saturday of the month), and Parent’s Night Out (second Friday of the month.) Learn more about this studio and its offerings for the whole family by visiting http://www.dallaskenpo.com and connecting with them on Facebook.