As hard as it is to believe, August is here. Back to school preparations have started, and many daughters are gearing up to head off to college. While they have worked the skills needed to be successful in the classroom, are they equipped with the tools necessary to handle situations around campus and in the towns and cities they will be living in?
Women should have, at the very least, a basic understanding of the potential tactics and solutions required to deal with both social aggression and asocial violence. Knowledge of these situations will allow them to de-escalate when de-escalation is possible and fight back when it is their best and only option. While you can talk to your daughters about these situations, learning these skills through training will give them the ability to act.
Research proves women’s self-defense classes give women the skills necessary to physically defend themselves as well as the confidence and ability to use the appropriate language and de-escalation techniques to help establish firm boundaries around behavior they believe to be appropriate and acceptable. For while it is important to teach boys and young men how to treat women, we cannot wait for those lessons to provide the cultural shift necessary to protect the women in our lives. Women’s self-defense is the best tool to stop those who wish to exert dominance or those who seek only to destroy.
-Cynthia S., Assistant Director of Martial Arts at Dedham Health