Chances are one in four women will be attacked during her lifetime.
Chances are she will know her attacker 75% of the time.
Chances are women who resist effectively are twice as likely to escape injury as others.
Are you willing to take a chance?
A Fighting Chance!
Although no one, not even men, are exempt from a violent or sexual assault, A Fighting Chance is for women only. Women have a particular disadvantage being typically lesser in size, weight, reach, and strength than most men, so A Fighting Chance teaches women techniques that emphasize a woman’s strongest “weapons,” against an offender’s weakest targets. Studies have shown that 50% of attackers fled from a woman who was willing to resist. The key; however, is to fight effectively before becoming exhausted.
This is not your typical safety course. We understand that learning self defense is a very personal and emotional experience. With the prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault, many women seek out safety programs after being victimized, experiencing a “close call,” or knowing someone who has. The instructor is prepared to assist those who need extra emotional support during the class. Woman are able to gain a sense of and strength and confidence that comes with learning to protect themselves.
Our rape prevention and self-defense program best suits women ages 12 and up due to modest sexual content regarding the most common rape scenarios, escape techniques, and emotional effects that may be experienced; however, the program may be modified to suit a group of younger students. The classes are taught by a woman; but to allow participants to exprience and practice using physical force against a stronger, larger attacker, our male “bad guy” wears a protective padded suit to enable women to experience kicking and striking using full-force.
The program addresses ways to avoid an attack; escape if you can’t avoid it; and survive if you can’t escape. Participants will learn what steps to take in the event of a completed attack, as well as, understand factors that influence trauma and recovery.
Complete each phase at your own pace, depending on your interest and desire to learn more defensive techniques. Each phase is scheduled independently and is approximately 4 hours in duration. You may purchase a Gift Certificate or register for a scheduled class date on the page with that name, or use the Contact page to request a private group session.
Phase 1 Includes self-defense techniques against the most common sexual assault scenarios, beginning with you pinned to the ground. Ways of avoiding an attack, and preparing yourself mentally and emotionally to resist an attack are also presented.
Phase 2 Covers additional assault scenarios and techniques for escape, adds hammer and elbow strikes and addresses the myths and realities of “acquaintance” or “date” rape. Warning signs of abusive personality types, and information about “date rape drugs” are also presented.
Phase 3 Presents simple effective ways to defend yourself against an attacker who is armed with a cord, club, knife, or a gun. Various defensive weapons, such as pepper sprays, combat key-chains, guns, knives, etc. will be introduced and the pros and cons of their use will be discussed.