Quick Tips for Protesters

Considering the political climate surrounding the recent presidential race, and with the #WomensMarch on DC, we wanted to drop some quick tips for you protesters out there who may have to physically defend yourselves. This is meant as advice which can be absorbed extremely fast at a protest or on your way. It is not representative of our normal curriculum.

Run

Just as in all our classes we first recommend that you try to escape. You are less likely to be injured by trying to leave first, and it puts you on the right side of most self-defense laws.

In a dense crowd however it can be extremely difficult to move depending on how tightly packed you are. Escape may be impossible and so…

The Clinch

This is the main point we want you to get. It’s an easy way to keep from being punched in the face when fists start flying (it’s what boxers do when they are losing). Not sure what to do in a fistfight? Just “clinch”.

Simply grab them around the torso, locking your hands and squeezing tight. Duck your face under your own arm to protect it from punches, and keep  the left side of your face against their chest, like you are listening to their heart.

From this position, you are free to knee them in the groin continually until they drop.

(Head to chest is important, if you go to the side of their body they can headlock you. Left side of your face to their chest turns your face away from their strong right hand.)

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Class to benefit NorthPointe Christian School’s Annual Tuition Assistance Auction

We were contacted by NorthPointe Christian School to donate a class to be auctioned off at their Annual Tuition Assistance Auction on March 15th.

On June 5th, the lucky bidder was treated to a free women’s self defense class for 9 of the hardest hitting ladies that we have encountered in quite a while. Better not mess with them!

There were some camera phones going around, so we will post any more photos of the event as they get shared out to us. Thanks!

June 5th class says cheese

June 5th class says GRRRR

April 2014 wrap up

Thanks to everyone who showed up to our nice big April 2014 class! Lots of good questions being asked, and wow you ladies didn’t hold back at all! I may have forgot the donation cup but at least I remembered the other one, ha ha!

We would have loved to accept the after-class invitation but we had to be somewhere, rain check?

Anyone with pics or video please share it with us, we would love to put it up on our website! classes@womensselfdefense.info

April 2014 Class

 

Student Video

Free Class – April 26th, 2014

Our next class will be Saturday, April 26th 2014. It will be at Garfield Park Community Gym in Grand Rapids MI, and runs from 6pm to 7pm. Practice makes perfect, so feel free to sign up even if you have taken the class before.

Details:

  • Please RSVP by commenting below if you plan to come. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • April 26th 2014, 6pm to 7pm at Garfield Park Gym (map)
  • This date has so many RSVPs it may go into overtime till 7:30 or 8:00pm
  • Class is woman only, ages 13 and up
  • You will be physically doing moves
  • You will need to sign a liability waiver

Classes are about half safety tips and half physical. For the physical part you will be moving around and actually getting to try the moves out, dress accordingly. The moves are designed to be done no matter what you are in, so play it safe and wear gym shoes/clothes, or go for realistic practice if you are up for it and wear whatever you would wear out. The choice is yours. Feel free to bring a bottled water or anything else that would make you comfortable.

Classes are kept fun and empowering. They are free, so we have no reason to use scare-tactics to get you to buy anything.

See what others are saying about our classes!

January Class

Website update

We have made some changes to the layout that should make the site work better, especially on cellphones. Enjoy!

We are slowly going to roll out changes to the content on the near future.

Wonderful group this past weekend!

This past weekend we had our first free class since we had our baby. We consider it a huge success!

Not only did we feel good about our side of it, like not forgetting to mention anything, but the new venue was great and the students were amazing! Thanks to everyone for coming out, asking questions, and being generally enthusiastic. It was one of our best classes for sure, so much for being rusty!

We will probably start doing them quarterly for now till we are ready to do them more often, so the next one will be some time in April. We will post the exact date and time as soon as we have it.

January 2014 Class

 

January 2014 Class

Free Class – January 18th, 2014

Well after the break we took to start our family, we are ready to jump back into free public classes!

Our next class will be Saturday, January 18th 2014. It will be at Garfield Park Community Gym in Grand Rapids MI, and runs from 6pm to 7pm. Practice makes perfect, so feel free to sign up even if you have taken the class before.

Details:

  • Please RSVP by commenting below if you plan to come. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • January 18th 2014, 6pm to 7pm at Garfield Park Gym (map)
  • Class is woman only, ages 13 and up
  • You will be physically doing moves
  • You will need to sign a liability waiver

Classes are about half safety tips and half physical. For the physical part you will be moving around and actually getting to try the moves out, dress accordingly. The moves are designed to be done no matter what you are in, so play it safe and wear gym shoes/clothes, or go for realistic practice if you are up for it and wear whatever you would wear out. The choice is yours. Feel free to bring a bottled water or anything else that would make you comfortable.

Classes are kept fun and empowering. They are free, so we have no reason to use scare-tactics to get you to buy anything.

See what others are saying about our classes!

January Class

Girl Scouts are back!

Our local Girl Scout Troop had the opportunity to invite a speaker recently, and their first choice was to invite us back. We are flattered, and glad you enjoyed our first visit enough to want more!

Having taken it once before, everyone was noticeably better the second time around (I’m still sore!). Great improvement everyone, and we look forward to the next time.

Girl Scout Troop

Girl Scouts Logo

Private class for The Village at 48 West: Part Deaux

We were invited back by The Village at 48 West for another private class! This one was bigger than the last, but the participants were just as tough. It was nice to meet you all, and we want to extend a big “Thank you” to The Village at 48 West for having us back. The price of private classes goes directly into funding the free local public classes!

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