Women's Combat Alliance
Classes For Women, By Women
The ugly truth is that in 8 out 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics). And, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (https://ncadv.org/statistics), “On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.” As the #metoo movement has highlighted, many women have stories of sexual abuse or harassment from people they know through their families, schools and workplaces. I have heard so many stories, and experienced so many times, unwanted attention that I didn’t know how to respond to.
“That is how men are,” my mother would tell me and shrug her shoulders. I was 11 years old and had been made uncomfortable by a schoolmate groping me during recess. The action left me frozen and I didn’t know what to do. Later in life, I dealt with catcalls and unwanted hugs or kisses that left me feeling threatened and demeaned. What I recognized even at that age was that this kind of attention was meant to throw me off what I was doing or to belittle it – that it basically was hostile in intent. Many men see this type of behavior as harmless. Most women deal with this sort of stuff on a continual basis throughout their lives and it leaves us feeling diminished. I am glad to see that women are speaking up and saying that this type of behavior is not okay.
I am now a black belt in Jiu Jitsu and have studied self-defense for over 12 years. When I started Jiu Jitsu, it immediately became apparent to me that this was the missing piece in self-defense. So many self- defense seminars focus on violent attacks by strangers and that is a vital element of any self-defense training. However, I have not seen other training that provides strategies and tools for dealing with day to day issues or with perpetrators we know.
We offer at our Women’s Combat Alliance classes strategies and techniques that are simple and effective to manage your space but also to deal with violent attacks from strangers. Someone may grab my wrist. If I am at a party, I may only need to get their hand off my wrist. If I am being pulled somewhere on the street, I may need to get their hand off my wrist but also deliver a strike to give me time to get away from the perpetrator.
We also offer a community of women that can provide support and perspective. Our classes are positive and empowering. The classes are taught by women and attended only by women. It is an opportunity to ask questions that you may be uncomfortable asking in a coed situation. We are a safe space for you to learn and practice techniques to help you protect yourself in life.
Here’s to Strong Women:
May We Know Them
May We Be Them
May We Raise Them