Women’s intuition is very strong. Empowering them with basic self-defense skills will help protect them from any form or acts of violence.
I was once mobbed by a group of drunk men in downtown during my early years in Canada. Just lucky enough to use my speed sonic skills in running to get away unharmed.
I use public transport, walk, run and bike by myself even in the wee hours.
Thought some skills will come handy when the need arises.
Recently, I stepped out of my comfort zone and enrolled in a women’s self defense course with my sister Antonette.
From the class, I learned that being alert and being aware of our environment is the first consideration in keeping ourselves protected.
It’s as simple as “not” being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Know your boundaries and find courage to say no or enough, combat and break away.
At first, I was unsure if I could finish the eight week program.
I am clumsy and not really strong. Sometimes I even use my being left-handed as an excuse for my being miscoordinated.
Our teacher, DaiSiJay Tammy told us that regardless of our size, height or strength, we can defend ourselves if we know how to properly throw out or use our bodies.
She provided a professional, respectful and fun environment where everyone was supportive of each other.
DaiSiJay was very patient with me. Her passion is astonishing.
The girls in my class were all friendly and driven.
It was like, we were all just having fun while learning some practical life saving tips.
Sometimes I would go to bed with sored muscles or injured wrist.
But I have enjoyed all the small and big physical challenges we had. Sometimes I would think I was playing a role in an action flick or defending myself against real life
bullies so I stay pumped up and focused.
As weeks went by, I found myself looking forward to our next sessions.
Our last two meetings were spent doing one-on-one sparring. We applied all the moves we learned with actual opponent played by some volunteer Master Shifus and Shifus from Plum Blossom Martial Arts Academy.
They selflessly imparted valuable inputs and wisdom that widened our appreciation of the discipline.
As Confucius put it, “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”