Several years ago, my sister, my daughter and I all took a self-defense class together. Our class was run by a Sergeant on our local police force. It was a great experience. One that left me feeling empowered.
We learned several different techniques in combatting an assailant. We put these techniques to use when put into scenarios with our instructor.
It didn’t matter that it was our instructor. It felt very real in that moment. When someone comes up from behind and grabs ahold of you, that fight or flight response immediately kicks in.
Our instructor created scenarios for every individual. So whatever your concerns were, he brought that to life. Mine was being approached while out for a walk.
The class didn’t just teach techniques for fighting back. It taught us to listen to our gut. To stand up and say what we feel in those moments. It may not always be an assault but someone harassing you to test what you will do.
One thing that our instructor said that still resonates with me is the following, “a lot of women get a feeling before something bad happens. But they still put themselves in a bad situation because they worry about being perceived as a bitch.” He’s right.
When it was my time to face off with our instructor, I remember my heart racing. He grabbed me from behind. Wrapped his arms around me. I knew from his training that it was better to face the assailant head on. I remembered a technique he taught us. Grab that pinky finger and pull it out sideways. He immediately let go and I was able to turn and face him head on. My heart was beating a million beats a minute or so it seemed. Then he came at me. I started kicking and hitting and didn’t stop until he hit the ground. It was an amazing feeling!! I took a man that is much taller than me down!! I wanted to do it again but everyone hadn’t had their turn yet. Damn it!
Every person should be able to defend their self. I encourage you to check out the local classes available in your communities. It’s an empowering experience and one I would not hesitate to do again.