Injury and illness left me feeling horrifyingly vulnerable and caused me to rethink everything I had learned about martial arts, self-defense and fighting.
When had I ever trained with a baby attached to me or while pushing a stroller? How would kicking, punching or grappling even work with a kid in the mix? What were the survival answers to any number of disturbing scenarios and why had they never come up in thirty years of training? Didn’t lots of people have kids? Injuries? Extenuating circumstances?
It struck me that teaching a pregnant woman with a toddler in tow how to fight off two attackers with knives was rather like teaching someone how to survive a driving accident without ever teaching them how to drive. There just seemed to be so many precursor skills that weren’t being taught.
I’ve been working these particular questions for more than ten years now. My quest is to find the place where self defense meets common sense, where self awareness, situational awareness, strategy and problem solving coincide; to create a paradigm of empowerment for women who want to dismantle anxiety, see conflict as opportunity and most importantly raise productive, resilient children who won’t become victims (or criminals).
So now, I blog and create courses to fill a gap and to help women explore their own empowerment. Join me!