I come from a family where the girls greatly outnumber the boys. I have more aunts than uncles, more female cousins than male cousins and I have a wife with two children…..both daughters. So as you can imagine I am very conscious of women’s safety and I am inherently protective of women.

If caught in a threatening situation I desire for all women to at worst be able to defend themselves enough to get away and yell for help and at best give somebody a well-deserved beat down.  Tragically throughout the world violence against women is very common place as indicated by the very sobering statistics below:

  • Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime – United Nations Secretary General’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women 2011
  • Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data
  • One out of every five American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. – The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010
  • Approximately 1,270,000 women are raped each year. Another 6,646,000 are victims of other sexual crime, including sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual experiences – Department of Justice 2010

Much of the violence is due to cultural views steeped in notions of inequality and more times than not violent acts are perpetrated by intimate partners or acquaintances. Now I know we cannot unpack this in one blog post however I can say there is no time like the present for women of all backgrounds to learn how to defend themselves.

In the United States many women have access to various forms of self-defense training whether it is some type of basic hand to hand combat class or firearm proficiency. Not all jurisdictions are gun friendly so some type of hand to hand combat self-defense may be the best available option in a lot of cases.

As a Krav Maga practitioner – now here is my shameless plug – Krav Maga is an excellent option for self-defense. It is real world applicable and not size or strength dependent.  Krav Maga was designed so that all who train whether they are male or female, big or small, athletic or not,  can be functionally competent fairly quickly.   However, no matter if it is Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Judo, Mixed Martial Arts or something else I encourage all women to explore some type of self-defense training.

In addition to personal safety of course there is an added benefit, self-defense training is a GREAT WAY TO GET FIT!!! Combat fighters are some of the fittest people on earth! Obviously you won’t be training to perform at the level of a professional combat fighter (or maybe you will!!) however I can tell you from experience throwing kicks and punches for an hour is a CRAZY CALORIE BURN!!!!!!!

Some of you may feel intimidated by the thought of self-defense training or maybe you have never been in a physical confrontation in your life. Well today a lot of self-defense oriented programs cater to women and have basic or introductory classes so you shouldn’t feel intimidated.

You can’t beat getting a great cardio workout, losing pounds and day by day gaining confidence that you can give yourself a fighting chance to get away if you find yourself in a situation where your safety is threatened.     So go find a school or gym that teaches self-defense or conducts a self-defense seminar…You owe to yourself to be FIT and SAFE!!!

 

“It is perfectly fine to be Not PerFIT”