As much as I like to believe the best in humanity, it’s really not realistic. Some of you who have met me in person know I’m a very tiny-statured female; a lot of the time, it’s hard for me to feel safe in this world. I’m small, not that powerful, and it makes me feel extremely vulnerable a good chunk of the time, especially at night.
Finally, a few months ago, I decided to do something about it. I don’t want to feel like prey for possible creepers anymore.
I looked up a lot of places online that offered self defense courses (specifically for women). Thanks to Google, I found the Warrior’s Edge dojo in Naperville! It was $150 dollars for 8 weeks of courses and I am so glad I went for it. (Quick note: all these opinions are my own and I wasn’t paid to write this!)
I learned a lot of different things in the class such as how to throw a punch properly, fall without hurting yourself, get out of different types of choke holds, what to do if someone is holding onto your hair, and so much more!
It’s amazing how, after repeating the moves enough times, you start to actually remember what you’re doing. I have absolutely terrible brain-body coordination. It takes me several times watching something and then trying and failing even more times before it starts to click in my head. Dextrous, I am not. Happily, my instructors and their aides worked with me (and the others who needed it) until I was finally able to get it! It was really a rush when I realized I could do it right on my own.
The final (we weren’t graded or anything, don’t worry!) for the class was to “take down” one of their martial arts students who was geared up in padding. Our goal was to get him to the ground. It was a lot easier than you’d think! Even teeny, tiny me was able to. Me! Omigawsh! Talk about empowering. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I’ve come a long way from the beginning of those eight weeks.
Once I have more time again, I’d love to take their advanced class and eventually try their normal martial arts courses. I loved learning more about my body and how to defend myself while having fun too! I definitely feel less vulnerable now than I used to. My fears aren’t completely gone, but it’s a start! Warrior’s Edge was great, and I can’t wait to go back!
I’m gonna share one piece of valuable advice they gave us I think everyone should know. In the moment if someone is trying to hurt you, they’re no longer the person you love be it a brother, boyfriend, sister, etc. They are a predator and they are trying to hurt you. Don’t hesitate to defend yourself and get out of there. Be safe. Your life is important.