Boise women and teens can feel a little more confident in the face of violent crime. Women ages 13 and older are invited to take part in a free self-defense seminar put on by Throwdown of Idaho, on Saturday, January 22. The session runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is now open, but spots are limited.
According to the Boise Police Department’s quarterly report, there were 67 reported rapes and 74 reported sexual assaults (not rape) between January and September 2010. That’s a total of 141 women if you’re doing the math. And sadly, both numbers are increases since 2009. Although it should be noted that Boise’s violent crime rate is not considered high compared to other cities its size, any increase is always a cause for concern.
Someone who understands that is Christie Hodge, who is a wife, mother, and owner of Throwdown of Idaho, a martial arts training gym located inside Treasure Valley Fitness. “It has been of great concern to me as a woman and mother to see the repetitive news stories of rape occurrences and assaults on women in our community this past year,” she says. “That is why I, along with the staff at Treasure Valley Fitness/Throwdown of Idaho, are so passionate about utilizing our facility and training to equip and educate as many women and teen girls in the community as possible in basic self-defense tactics on a quarterly basis for free.”
This empowering course is a workout, and it may push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s the idea. (The Boise Healthy Living Examiner has taken this course and highly recommends it to every woman and girl she knows.) Krav Maga is no nonsense, hand to hand, street self-defense. This is survival fighting, so to speak. There are no rules of engagement or professional courtesies for your opponent. The goal is to do whatever necessary to disable him long enough to get away and call police.
Many of us wrongly assume that we will never be a victim of an attack, because those kinds of things just don’t happen to us. But that’s not realistic. Ask any of those 141 women who were attacked between January and September 2010 and they will surely tell you differently. The truth of the matter is that danger can strike at any time. Your attacker will not care what kind of neighborhood you live in, what kind of car you drive, or how safe you think you are. None of that matters to him. You may only have a split second to react, and it’s imperative that you know how to defend yourself so you can escape before you become a statistic.
The Krav Maga Women’s Self Defense seminar will teach you how to defend yourself against chokes, bear hugs, grabs, and other attacks. You will learn to fight on the ground in case your attacker brings you down. You will learn how to defend yourself when confronted with a weapon. You will learn how to fight, kick, punch, and maybe even save your life. And above all, you will not regret spending two hours of your Saturday learning these critical life skills. If you have ever even considered taking self-defense, now is the time to do it. And bring your daughter, mother, sister and friend, too.
“I wish I could let every woman and teen in our community know about this,” says Christie. “It is so very important.” She runs the free self-defense seminars quarterly, with the next one coming up in April. But if you can’t make it on the 22nd, and you don’t want to wait until April, Throwdown of Idaho offers a Krav Maga class on Monday and Wednesday evenings. They also offer a wide variety of other classes such as Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, karate, boxing, and Fight Fit.
To learn more about Throwdown of Idaho, click here.
To register for the Krav Maga Women’s Self Defense seminar, click on this link.
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Ladies, do you feel comfortable defending yourself against an attacker?
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