AWSDA's four-hour beginning self-defense class is designed to introduce
students to the strategies, tactics, and techniques needed to win a
possible life and death confrontation against a bigger, stronger, and
A good self-defense program should teach you about situational
awareness, assertiveness, powerful communication skills, and physical
techniques that are easy to remember and easy to perform. A woman who
is properly trained and has the mindset of a survivor can protect herself
quite effectively. Women who fight back against an attacker are actually
able to successfully get away four times out of five.
Considering the high prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence in
our world today, many women don't seek out a self-defense program until
after having been victimized, having a close call, or knowing someone who
was assaulted. Our classes are designed to help women increase not just their knowledge base, but their confidence in their own ability to keep themselves safe.
Self-defense is an important priority for women; when a woman's safety
is in jeopardy, defending herself physically is an ethically-sound choice. We want
women to know that they are worth defending, that they deserve to live a life free from violence, and that they have the skills to keep themselves safe.