- Aug 3, 2015
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That's why I put what I was joking about. Not about the my female students getting attacked, but the getting 200 new attendees that joined because they saw another woman was successful in fending off an attack. Kelly (the lady that was attack) is not the only woman in Seattle that has successfully defended herself against an attack or attempted rape. Much of Kelly's appeal comes from social media and what she posted about what happened to her. The only real technique that Kelly claims to have learned from her self defense class was to fight back.Not even slightly funny, in fact it's bang out of order.
I know through my own life experiences I have seen girls and women physically defend themselves against boys and men, right before my eyes, so I know there's no way I'm the only one witnessing this natural ability in women and girls.
This is the other part that my comments touch on. 200 new women enroll into a self-defense class (free one at that), where the majority are only taking the self-defense from the same class that Kelly took, thinking and believing that the same self-defense class will produce the same results. This is where the danger comes in. The mentality of "Kelly took this class and it worked for her, so I can take this class and it'll work for me." is the worst mentality to have about anything. Basing my chances of survival on the success of others and not actually on my ability or lack of it. I would think that if they were honestly inspired that these same women would be joining martial art schools that have sparring and conditioning available on a regular. I always tell students both men and women that it's important to know and understand their limitations, because that's what helps people to make better choices when it comes to self-defense. Denial about these limitations will cause a person to be over confident and to make choices that aren't realistic the person's conditioning and ability. Running isn't always a solution and sometimes winning is not a possibility and when that happens, a person better have a really good plan that will give them the best possible outcome. Sometimes the ability to delay or draw out an attack is the next best thing.A self defence seminar which empowers women, doesn't, it gives them a false sense of security that they can fight their attacker off easily.