“In a perfect world, women wouldn’t need self-defense because men wouldn’t perpetrate these crimes” These are the introductory words to a powerful video by Eve from the Gracie Academy.
She runs the very popular “Woman Empowered Program” that teaches Jiu-Jitsu self-defense. She explains how your ability to assert your boundaries, not just physically but also verbally and psychologically, is vital in order to avoid or fend off an attack.
While out on a hike in nature, or in the urban jungle, you’ll be much safer knowing your way around the dynamics of an assault before it happens.
They have identified the 15 most common threat scenarios which the program is built around. During training you’ll progress through the scenarios, building faster and more instinctive reflexes.
Boundaries are Everything
Understanding the psychology of an assault is key.
One can read the situation and the actions of people around you to pre-determine whether they have bad intentions. This gives you the benefit of preparation before the assault. But this can only occur once you have set a definite boundary. If a person was walking directly towards you while alone in nature, you should assert yourself and tell him to “STOP”. If he ignored this demand, you know he’s intentions are to invade your space.
Victory is Getting Home Safely
The Woman Empowered Programs equips you with the ability to neutralize an assault before it occurs to allow for an escape. If an escape isn’t possible, it gives you the ability to incapacitate the attacker with a joint-lock or choke-hold.
The program allows you to scale your actions depending on the situation. From simple de-escalation techniques to the use of deadly force for worst case scenarios.
Woman have regained confidence in their ability to protect themselves. There is a great sense of support between the participants. There is a collaborative working environment.
Ride Sharing While Travelling
Here’s a great video showing how to deal with an assault while using a ride sharing service like Uber or Grab Car (Asia).
I hope you found this article helpful and that you understand the dynamics of staying safe while travelling or at home a little better. Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Remember to be vigilant and don’t stand out like a sore thumb with your rolling duffel bag when traveling internationally.