WOMEN'S SELF EMPOWERMENT
Aikido training for women and young girls emphasises a way of protecting themselves using a system that they can practice every day in almost any situation you can think of.
Learning specific fighting techniques can assist some women, but for many it can be very intimidating. When a situation does ocur many women may still tend to freeze or if trying to remember what they learnt could be too late to do something.
We teach a system of correct posture and movement that can, in many cases greatly reduce the likelihood of an attack without the need to learn many different techniques.
When asked about self-defence many people automatically assume its about fighting or a way system of defending yourself from a 'physical' attack. Unfortunately it is the hidden forms that happen to many of us everyday that we do not know how to defend ourselves from. Such as;
- verbal abuse
- mental and psychological abuse and
Aikido is an art of harmony and peace, one of conflict resolution. It teaches how to be confident and strong inside. If you try to fight someone bigger and stronger than you, the chances are you will not win, but real strength does not come from muscles it come from the mind. Even physically strong people still have their limits.
The mind can be developed like the muscles in the body and the results 'will be' hundreds of times more powerful. The beauty of this system is that you can practice it from the moment you open your eyes in the morning, throughout your entire day from talking on the phone to doing the gardening.
But weather you learn this system or not, there are still many things you can do to protect yourself and prevent a possible attack.
The three likely reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:
- Lack of Awareness. You MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.
- Body Language. Keep your head up, swing your arms, stand straight up.
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time. DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighbourhood at night.
Northside Aikido - Setsudo Dojo
Deloraine Performing Arts Centre - Deloraine 7304 - Tasmania.
Contact: Tony Deckers
Ph: 0419 77 84 86
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
Women can have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping and just sit (doing their cheque book, or making a list, etc.).
- Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
- If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Attackers can usually attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
- Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
- ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).
- If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
- Women are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or worse.
- Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
"Happiness depends on ourselves - Aristotle"