Lynnette and I were recently invited to attend Conviction Martial Arts’ Women’s Self-Defense class. I was seriously so excited for this opportunity as I have been wanting to take some self-defense classes (mom brain is always making me wonder things like, “what would I do if…”, and I never have a good answer). Lynnette, too, had been wanting to take a self-defense class for years, so it was perfect for us to go as part of the Reno Moms Blog community.
We truly learned SO much in this class, and I left so inspired and feeling like I had just a bit more knowledge of how to keep myself safe. If ever there was a time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try something uncomfortable and new, self-defense classes are it. It’s worth it, and YOU are worth it.
Physically speaking, we got to practice a few different simple attacks, such as kicks or hitting with an open palm. We learned how to get back up if someone pushes us down but they are still standing, and we got to practice getting out of on-the-ground positions with someone pinning us down.
Practically speaking, we learned about some basic awareness stuff (i.e. walking to your car with your eyes down on your phone is no bueno…I’m totally guilty as charged on this one). We can’t really share the physical moves via a post (other than in pictures), but we can definitely share some of the practical things we learned in the class. Here are some of our favorite shareable things we learned from this class:
“The instructor, Kelley, was small but mighty, and gave some easy tips I can use in daily life. Some of my takeaways are:
1. Don’t forget the power of a well-placed kick. If someone approaches you while your hands are full (with groceries or children), a powerful kick is a strong defense (and ladies, let me tell you, Lynnette’s kicks were KILLER…she is SO strong!).
2. Don’t try to hit someone on the jaw or the head—you’ll hurt your hand more than you will hurt them. Hit with an open palm to the mouth, nose, or eyes. You can also do a “hammer hit” to the temple.
3. If you’re at home alone, keep your car keys on your nightstand. That way, if someone breaks in, you can hit the panic button to call attention to your house and scare the burglar away.
4. If someone is invading your personal space, look them in the eye and tell them to move back. You have every right to protect your personal space. The example given was people that approach you asking for money in grocery store parking lots–we’ve all been there, and it’s important to keep them at a safe distance.”
For me (Jessica), the ones I loved most (in addition to some Lynnette said) were:
5. Keep my head up, off my phone, and walk with confidence no matter where I am. Predators don’t want someone who looks aware, confident, and will fight back.
6. Always tell someone where you are going. This one is HARD. Seriously, I am the queen of spontaneous trips out and about. And, to be quite honest, I am quite stubborn and feel like I shouldn’t have to tell anyone where I’m going. But this is (I realize now), quite dumb of me. If something were to happen to me, NO ONE would even know where to start looking. Tell someone where you’re going. Every. Time.
And finally, the biggest thing I learned was that you cannot learn self-defense in a weekend. While some of these things were very practical steps you can take to be a little more safe and aware of your surroundings, if you find yourself in a self-defense type situation, you will very likely still panic and probably forget it all. If you are serious about wanting to be able to protect yourself, you need to make these moves and skills an instinct…something that you will automatically respond with if something happens. And the only want to make them your instant reaction is to practice, practice, practice. Join a regular adult class at CMA or even take private lessons, but definitely find a way to regularly practice self-defense. One class is not enough, but it’s a GREAT start.
And so, with that, I am all set for weekly private self-defense classes starting this upcoming week. And I’m nervous, and uncomfortable, and excited all at the same time. But this is something for ME. Not another kids class or activity for my young four kiddos, but something totally and wholly FOR me, to take care of me. Mommas-you are worth it! Join a class or take some lessons, but learn how to defend yourself properly. Those kiddos at home need you!
Thanks to Kelley, Darien, Sonny, and Jason for this amazing self-defense class at Conviction Martial Arts. You were all amazing to learn from!