Statements such as: “A woman’s boundaries must be respected no matter what” should be considered redundant in the 21 Century. Sadly, we live in a reality where the prevalence of violence toward women is alarming, and in order to make a significant change we must acknowledge that this is a serious problem that concerns us all. If we strive for a healthy society, we have to do everything in our power to stand up against perpetuation of a culture that objectifies and dehumanizes women. The first step, in tackling this complex issue, is making it clear that Under No Circumstance should a survivor be held accountable for having been subjected to an assault.
Although by no means a complete solution, as a martial arts school, our most effective contribution is empowering women by providing the knowledge and skills for increasing personal safety. Our women’s self-defense classes are taught by a professional martial artist; aside from addressing this growing need at the dojo since 2014, our chief instructor has also been teaching self-defense at Washburn University (to both non and criminal justice majors), and has taught numerous self-defense workshops in the community over the past 15 years. There are two basic, but equally important, aspects of self-defense. The mental aspect addresses the development of awareness of the surroundings, and mastering and channeling emotions during a potentially life threatening situation. The second aspect consists of physical techniques. When combined, these two can help turn fear into power and can prepare a woman to effectively respond in virtually any situation. It is a fact that studying self-defense will not guarantee 100% safety; however, women who study these skills are simply better prepared.
As with any other skill, it takes time and effort to master the physical aspects of self-defense. Our program is divided in four courses – one course per trimester. The material provided in each course is complementary to that of the other tree courses; therefore a student can sign up for one or all four courses, and can join any time of the year. The exact dates of each course will be announced. Each course contains four consecutive classes, meeting on Wednesdays from 8-9PM. There are no specific attire requirements other than comfortable clothes that do not restrict movement; no prior skills or particular physical fitness level necessary; all you need is a positive attitude and a desire to learn.
Our second trimester course will begin on June 12th, at 8PM. This course will meet on June 12th, June 19th, June 26th and July 10th, from 8-9PM.