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International Women's Day 2022

"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women" - Maya Angelou

It’s International Women’s Day! A global day to celebrate the achievements of women across all spheres and to campaign for gender equality.

We are passionate about teaching women self-defence and we are delighted to have an opportunity to celebrate all the amazing women that make up our community.

It is a huge privilege to help women (and men) realise how strong they are and see that they already have the ability to defend themselves. We build on that strength, and fine tune their skills.

Tackling gender inequality is a huge task that necessitates a multi-faceted approach - it is easy to become daunted by the sheer scale of the problem. Our contribution is to help provide women with solid self defence skills, to make them harder targets for human predators.

We see in our classes that the training we do increases women's (and men's) ability to recognize red flags in behaviour, and to express their personal boundaries with confidence, as well as expanding our ability to stop an attacker and break away if it comes to that. Acknowledging the reality that we don't live in a perfect world, this has a practical and immediate impact, empowering women to feel safer and to be safer right now, alongside the slower process of changes in attitudes and society that impact the statistics of gender based violence.

We know first hand that training in self defence builds confidence and is empowering - even the simple act of discovering the power of your voice and realising you don’t need permission to be loud and to say “no” can be transformative.

Knowing you are not helpless takes away some of the fear that comes with the more everyday situations that don't evolve to violence but where you don't know until afterwards. It doesn’t change the situation, but feeling more in control of the situation changes how you perceive the situation and the impact it has on your life.

Our goal is to get more women learning these self defence skills. We have a good balance of women and men training in our classes and we strive to create an environment that is friendly and welcoming for women to train in. It is important not to overlook the contribution of the men that we train with in creating this. We cannot create a safe, mixed training atmosphere without decent, respectful men who genuinely want the women to succeed and do well.

What are the key things we want women to know?

That you are already strong, you are not helpless, and that you are worth defending.

Thank you to our awesome women members and instructors - Happy International Women’s Day!

IWD2022

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