Friday, February 15, 2013

5 Reasons We Teach Women's Self Defense

One of the fastest growing aspects of Krav Maga is Women's Self Defense.  This is not surprising since  violence against women remains a pervasive problem in Toronto, Canada, and the world at large.  Along with education, legal reform, and other efforts, learning self-defense offers another means to combat this ugly reality.

Here are 5 main reasons we teach women's self-defense.
  1. Violence against women remains a very serious and widespread problem - locally and globally.  Women are targeted more often than men.  
  2. Assaults against women are a specific problem that requires the focused approach of a specialized class.  
  3. Some women prefer to learn in a women-only environment. 
  4. Women-only classes can be a nice introduction to self-defense and lead to participation in mixed gender groups.  
  5. A comprehensive self-defense program that develops awareness, confidence and effective techniques can help women avoid, prevent, escape, and survive assaults.   

At some point, we suggest, it is beneficial to train with men - at least periodically - to adapt to the generally larger size and to develop more confidence.   This is not something we push but something we encourage - when you are ready.

We are now offering ongoing women's self-defense classes on Saturdays 11:45 am to 1 pm at our new location, 2156 Yonge St. (just south of Eglinton).  Visit us for a free class!

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

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