I had the chance to enroll in a woman’s self-defense class this past weekend and I have to say it was an amazing experience. It was through a program called IMPACT in Malden mass. When I went into it I though this should be interesting and very similar to my martial arts training. It was an intense class that gave me a reference point to what I could do to get away if I ever found myself in a threatening situation. It also taught me threat assessment because sometimes how you react to a particular situation at first can make a world of difference. The physical training was taught full-force in an adrenalized state it was done this way because it teaches you to react instantly and automatically.
At the end of the 20 hour training I had a stronger strength inside me that felt if I ever was in a threatening situation I had the tools to get myself to safety. I now have more awareness to my surroundings and skills that I could use in an instant if needed. As a woman with a disability it is helpful to know what to do in a situation because unfortunately people with disabilities and women are often seen as easy targets. This program worked with all the women and all our differences. They helped use find what strengths we had that could be used in a threatening situation.
I so recommend this program.