“In the fall of 2000, a teenage girl named Wendy (her name has been changed to protect her identity) was riding on a bus with her church band. The bus stopped at a mall, and Wendy got out to use the restroom. As is the case in may malls, the public bathroom was located far from regular foot traffic, through a steel door and down a lonely hallway. Wendy walked down this corridor and found the restroom. As she exited the room into the long hallway, a man grabbed her from behind, his huge arms wrapping around her body. Before she could even think, Wendy twisted in place, sending back one elbow and then the other, striking him in the face. Startled, her attacker let go. Wendy spun around and, as blood poured from her attacker’s nose, she punched him one more time and then ran.
Wendy wasn’t just a member of her church band. She was also a student of Krav Maga.” ~ Complete Krav Maga, Darren Levine, John Whitman
What currently keeps you safe? The military, police, societal structure or order, and social norms help to keep you safe and secure. But unfortunately we are now in a society which has become so uncertain that we need to develop a self-reliant form of self defense. As a woman, this can seem daunting… at first. Thank God that there is an effective system that is easy to learn! There is an option so that you do not have to live in fear.
My motto is F.E.A.R.: Face Everything And Rise! For personal self defense, my answer is Krav Maga (pronounced KRAHV muh-GAH), which means “contact combat” in Hebrew. Krav Maga is simple, easy-to-learn, easy-to-remember, aggressive self defense. You will learn how to escape from someone attempting to choke you. You will learn what to do if you are pinned to the ground. You will learn
how to disarm a gunman shoving a gun in your face. You will learn all sorts of techniques which are designed to keep you safe, even when you are being aggressively attacked.
It doesn’t matter if you are a 95 lb woman, a 40 lb child, a senior or a man who doesn’t go to the gym often. You too can learn Krav Maga techniques to keep you and your family safe, even when the situation would otherwise seem impossible to escape alive.
Krav Maga is self defense, not a martial art or a sport; it is closer to street fighting. Krav will teach you techniques to keep you safe the very first lesson. Krav is practical, efficient, and easy. Krav is definitely aggressive and very physical. Ladies, you will notice this the first class you take. It will feel violent; it absolutely needs to be — just remember it is there to keep you and your family safe in the worst possible circumstance.
Please do take it upon yourself to learn Krav Maga. My preference is Krav Maga Alliance which tends to give a supportive and friendly class, while still teaching in a high-stress environment and being all about Krav Maga.