A descendant from Colorado and a relatively safe neighborhood, it never really dawned on me to be proficient in the art of self defense. I always figured "it wouldn't happen to me" or if in public others would come to my rescue. But the truth is, bad things happen anywhere, anytime and hoping it doesn't happen to you or relying others to rescue you is not good practice and it won't save your life.
After having children, the desire to teach them self defense seems innate. It is up to us as parents to teach our children the very basics of maintaining their own lives if it is required. This includes but is not limited to:
- feeling out the situation and using their intuition,
- being aware of what is happening around them and who is around them,
- being honest about things that happen in life and how to avoid certain situations,
- keeping distractions at bay,
- knowing how to use weapons, objects or their own bodies to fight off an attacker.
How have you taught your children to defend themselves (physically, emotionally, verbally) or do you feel it is important? I would love to hear your thoughts.
On January 23rd, Gracie Fort Collins will be offering a FREE Self Defense Seminar for Women. I have the great pleasure of knowing the two instructors who will be teaching it as they are my neighbors and good family friends. Maycee and Emma Barber are two incredible young ladies (17 and 19 years respectively) who work their tails off, helping young children, women and men learn more about their own capabilities in the art of jiu-jitsu.
For more information please see the attached flyer.