This time of year people look for ways to show their loved ones how much they care and why. We call it “Valentine’s Day.” Some will propose marriage, some will give lavish gifts, and the card store shelves will be bare. Be thoughtful and kind to the people you love. And, at the same time, we have an idea for a gift that will say, “I care about you and want you to be safe.”
Give someone in your life the gift of self-defense. Don’t let her be the next victim.
The sad facts of violence against women
It is an unfortunate fact, but 20% of all women will be victims of a sexual assault at some point their lives. That’s 1 in 5 mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and girlfriends. As adults, we can look around at the people we know and do the math, and realize that this is an appalling statistic.
It becomes much more common when looking at issues like verbal, physical, and cyber- harassment. As many as 80% of women have been victims of sexual harassment, unwanted touching, cybercrimes, and other related offenses. That’s 4 out of 5 mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and girlfriends. That’s most of the women you ow.
Kung Fu works for Everyone
The wonder of Kung Fu is that it works for everyone, regardless of size, body type, or condition. Students learn to use their opponent’s weight and energy against them and to maximize their size and strength to their advantage. It always surprises students when they discover how many techniques provide a benefit to the smaller of the two fighters.
Over the months and years of study, students develop fitness and strength. It improves both the quality and length of our lives. Nothing says “I love you” more clearly than adding the thought, “and I want you to be with us for many years to come.” A lifelong study of the martial arts will have a profoundly positive impact on a person’s health and well being.
No Longer A Victim
Martial arts empower us. They help build a mindset in which we are no longer victims. Students who study develop confidence without arrogance. They build awareness without hubris or paranoia. We teach students to be alert and respond effectively, aware of what an attacker might do. Students also learn to believe in their ability to fight back and not be a helpless victim. It may be confidence, or peace, or both, but no matter what we call it, we go through life with the mindset that we’re worthy of respect, and we don’t have to be victims anymore.
Our students come from all walks of life. Wealthy and not, women and men, young and old, gay and straight, big and small, we’re all equal on the dojo floor. Our black belts are the first people to help the white belts, and often are the ones cheering loudest for each belt advancement. We’re all in this together, pursuing a black belt, but more importantly, making our lives better. We will teach you in a class of your peers, in a positive, encouraging, high-energy and fun learning environment. You’ll find your inner dragon and build strength and power you never knew you had.
Give the gift of self-defense
It would be wonderful to live in a world where self-defense wasn’t necessary, and where women and men of all ages were treated with respect and kindness, but we don’t. Not yet. Perhaps the respect and compassion we learn in the Martial Arts will begin to spread those ideas in our communities. But for now, we can take care of business in our little corner of the world. We can show respect and compassion, and we can give our loved ones the gift of self-defense.