From Sarah C.:
Have you ever taken a self-defense class? I hadn’t until recently. Although, I confess after becoming a mom my worry about my surroundings and how I would not only take care of myself but my son was at the front of my mind. When a mutual friend recently asked around to see who was interested in taking a self-defense class, both Allison and I were quick to respond with “yes.”
We met on a Saturday morning earlier in the month for the 2 hour private class at Tactical Kung Fu & Mixed Martial Arts in Durham. Altogether we had about 9 women, the majority moms, in attendance. The owners, a husband and wife team, who are also parents customized the self-defense class to our group. We discussed how to avoid potential situations and how, when necessary, to successfully defend ourselves.
Several self-defense moves were not only demonstrated, but we were given a chance to try them with critiques from the instructors. Admittedly, some of us (ahem, myself) were bit more timid to start, but pretty soon we were full force into the situations and breaking quite the sweat.
There were also many opportunities throughout the self-defense class to ask questions – any question. I’d like to think none of us held back there. Each question was taken seriously and responded to with explanation by the instructors.
Thankfully, as I write this I still haven’t needed the skills learned in the self-defense class, but Allison & I both agreed we left with our adrenaline running high and feeling far more in control should the situation arise.
The owners did tell us that we were a new group (i.e., mid-30s and parents). Most of their self-defense classes are aimed at college students and often held at area universities. Don’t let this deter you. If you are interested, ask around with your friends as our friend did and contact Tactical Kung Fun & Mixed Martial Arts to set up your class.
Along with the Self-Defense Class, Tactical Kung Fu & Mixed Martial Arts also offers a variety of classes for ages 10 and up. Visit their website for full listing and schedule.