When we delve into the discussion of self-protection, while there are truths, each truth must be tailored to an individual's needs. While a jab is always a jab, a choke is always a choke, and a throw is always a throw, the ways and situations these individual tools end up being applied are vastly different for the law enforcement officer, the soldier, the young man out for a night with his mates, and the young woman watching Netflix with someone who had up and until this moment otherwise seemed like a friend and a good man. A police officer grappling with a suspect must always keep in mind that there is at least one firearm involved in the altercation, the soldier likely has his squad mates close by with multiple firearms to assist him, and the young man is more likely to encounter another young man who will grab and swing on him than slip a roofie into his drink. So these factors must all be kept in mind when the specific question of self-defense or martial arts for women is asked.
As a martial arts instructor specializing in women's self-protection, it's a question that has often been asked of me. Normally, my reply is a quick and easy one, recommending either Maryland Jeet Kune Do's Escape to Gain Safety program or Annapolis Defense & Security's Fight Like a Girl program. However, the other day a friend of mine from out of state asked for recommendations in her area. Unfortunately, I knew no one in her state I could recommend, so after some thought, I came up with these guidelines to recommend what she should be looking for.
We would love to hear from other women involved in teaching self-protection. What are your experiences, good or bad? What lessons have you learned that you want to share with other women? What can we do to help?
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