FIGHT LIKE A WOMAN
For us, “fighting like a woman” means that a woman brings her particular strengths to the conflict. She should not attempt to fight directly into the “strengths” of the man who is attacking her. The techniques presented in our courses are simple to perform and easy to remember under times of stress. They were designed to address the most common sexual assault scenarios. Just because they are easy to learn doesn’t mean that fighting off an attacker will be easy. In fact, it will probably be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. But it is absolutely necessary to be prepared because, in today’s environment, you may literally be fighting for your life!
STATISTICS AND REAL-WORLD APPLICATION
Our courses are taught by instructors who have been certified directly by the course originators at defenduniversity.com. The course was developed over a period of several years with hundreds of women in a sort of living laboratory that dealt with the most common sexual assault scenarios researched from real life attacks. The techniques were refined using full contact responses to full power attacks from male role players. And the program continues to evolve.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, one out of every four women will be attacked or raped in her lifetime. Look at these alarming statistics:
- 83% of rape victims are between the ages of 12 years and 25 years of age
- 90% of women assaulted knew their assailant
25% of college women surveyed are victims of rape or attempted rape.
- 85% of rapes on campuses are acquaintance/date rapes and most happen in the first three months of college
- 90% of all campus rapes involve alcohol
Women who resist are twice as likely to escape injury as others. According to the Women’s Self Defense Institute, an analysis of 3,000 actual assaults showed that half of the attackers fled from a woman who was willing to resist! The key, however, is to learn how to effectively resist.
If we can save even one girl or woman from a sexual assault, all of our efforts will have been worth it! This class is for women and teens and is taught in a 2-hour format.
GIRLS ON GUARD
Girls on Guard is a method. It is intended to be concept-based and use gross body movements that are easy to learn, easy to retain, and applicable to a wide variety of scenarios. Normally, programs are taught to avoid or evade the first contact. “Then what to do if he grabs your wrist…. Then what to do when he grabs your shoulders, etc…” The Girls on Guard method is taught in reverse: techniques start with a common sexual assault position and then back out. We certainly cover avoidance and evasion but one of the core principles is that you always know you can escape the worst position possible, so any of the others are relatively simple to handle by comparison.