The world can be a scary place for women. Every day it seems there’s a new story about a woman being victimized in some form or another.
Women are constant victims of violent crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence on a daily basis. A statistical analysis conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that U.S. residents ages 12 and over experienced an estimated 5.0 million violent victimizations in 2015. These violent victimizations include rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.
When we think about self-defense classes, we think of Karate or some form of Tae Kwon Do, and rarely do we think of a woman partaking. The truth is women are not thinking of attacks enough because a lot of them want to believe the world is inherently good.
However, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and the alarming violent victimization statistics, it’s more evident than ever that all women should learn self-defense in order to protect themselves against violent situations. Martial arts classes are a place where women can develop the mental and physical skills to defend themselves against attacks.
Benefits Linked To Women Taking Self-defense Classes:
Self-defense allows you to protect yourself and your family. Self-defense isn’t solely about fighting your attacker. Rather, it shows you how to disable your attacker quickly and to get away safely.
Not only will you feel more robust and powerful, but self-defense also teaches you to have a greater awareness of your surroundings making you more confident to defend yourself in any situation.
Discipline & Focus
Self-defence requires strong motivation and dedication. Classes will teach you the importance of control. These controlled movements coupled with your new level of self-awareness will naturally make you more self-disciplined and focused.
Stronger & Healthier
Self-defense improves your physical and overall wellbeing. It helps to strengthen your muscle tone and cardiovascular health which will give you more energy during the day and help you sleep better at night.
Meet Emelia Holden
Emelia Holden aged 21, had just finished taking an order at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Georgia when a man walked past and groped her.
What Emelia did next was surprising! Taking matters into her own hands, Emelia turns around and grab the man before throwing him against to the ground. Police were then called to the scene and arrested the predator right away. Customers who were sitting nearby gave Emelia high fives.
“I just did what I felt was best. I took the guy down and had my co-workers call the police.”
She tells PEOPLE Magazine, “I looked at him, and I said you don’t touch me, motherf—–!.I didn’t even think, I just reacted. I don’t know how I reacted the way I did. I’ve never done that before.”
Emelia also expressed her initial thoughts after the man groped her: “when I felt that happen, my first thought was that it was one of my friends … it was a really intimate touch, his hand went further than it should have, so I was thinking..there’s no way a stranger just did that.”
A Savannah Police Department spokeswoman says that Ryan Cherwinski, of Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested and charged with sexual battery.
Emelia’s Message For Other Women Who Suffer Sexual Assault In The Workplace
‘All that I want from my experiences is for women to know that it’s okay to stand up for yourself. You have every right to wear what you want, and you most certainly have every right to defend yourself.’
She adds: “It’s nice to know that I have empowered other women.”