What are you going to do? Teaching Girls

I met with a new student today. Just six, she was excited to be at the school, exuberant during all the drills and mad for martial arts in general.  Big sis at 13 however, was reluctant.  But as I was going over with Dad some of the things we teach, I had her come on the mat, grabbed her wrist (lightly) and asked, “What are you going to do?”

She had no idea.

We went over a basic move toward the thumb release. Father and daughter were both surprised at its effectiveness. Granted, if the attacker is much stronger you will probably need a combination of moves.  But you have to begin somewhere.  The worst thing you can do is nothing.

The U.S. Department of Justice has declared February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Every girl should know some practical self defense, both verbal and physical.  Schools all over the world offer classes, short term programs and seminars – many of which are free.  Take advantage of what’s offered in your area!

You can find further resources below

http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/publications.html

http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf

http://www.vday.org/node/1040

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