Everything you ever wanted to know about women’s self-defense but too afraid to ask
I remember listening to an interview on Oprah about celebrity Gabrielle Union’s account of surviving after being raped at 19. In it she talked about going to therapy which helped her ask herself, “Who in my life is going to encourage survivorhood, not victimhood?” While the Dallas police chief wants to talk about violent crime being down, there is a real likelihood that you may become a victim of a violent crime whether it be sexual assault, assault, murder or even domestic abuse. For most women the thoughts come to mind when you have to walk to your car and it’s dark. For me I get nervous when I’m putting my children in the car and get confronted by someone asking me for money. As much as I want to show compassion, I also want to protect my children. I remember the story about SMU student, Monica Korra who was raped in December of 2009 by three men while walking with her friends after a party near the SMU campus. For me personally, I was almost attacked while pumping gas at a gas station. I fought back.
Now you can be part of a FREE and interactive women’s self-defense seminar and workout led by Professor Nick Chamberlain. The seminar is this Saturday November 21 from 10 AM to Noon at St. John’s Episcopal School, Main Gym; 484 Harter Road, Dallas, TX. If you don’t know Nick he is a 10th degree black belt and owner of Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense. The studio has been around in Dallas for 35 years. On hand will also be the Dallas Police Department offering tips and Primo Brother’s Pizza. Free childcare for kids 4 and older will also be provided with a martial arts exercise provided by a Chamberlain’s instructor. Primo Brother’s Pizza will provide a complimentary pizza lunch for the women and their children.
Many women think they can be protected by someone else such as a spouse or family member but I have always known that with a little knowledge of self defense it can deter an attacker and you have a good chance of avoiding an attack altogether. Coupled with knowledge, taking a self-defense course and reading books like The Gift of Fear by Gaving De Becker can give you a fighting chance. What I like about The Gift of Fear is that it helps you use your intuition to spot danger signals before it’s too late.
The goal of the free seminar is to expand the way the public thinks about violence prevention, help tackle common fears and empower women. Participants will leave with greater awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies and physical techniques to help prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. Check out the event listing on Facebook or go to dallaskenpo.com
Break a Board for a Buck benefitting Genesis Women’s Shelter
Attendees can also ‘Break a Board for a Buck’ with an exclusive lesson on how to break a wooden plank with your bare hand. Each ‘buck’ benefits Genesis Women’s Shelter. Attendees are encouraged to wear fitness attire and to bring a donation of cash or gift cards for groceries, fast food or everyday items for Genesis Women’s Shelter.
Have you ever been in a position where you just felt something wasn’t right? Have you ever been attacked or almost attacked?