Husband and wife team Travis and Laura have been conducting successful, fun seminars for years focusing on self-defense for women. Travis is a lifelong wrestler and personal trainer, current high level jiu-jitsu competitor with extensive international travel, tournaments and seminars, also with background in sambo, judo and even professional wrestling and bouncing. Laura comes from a great family history of Kansas City police officers and detectives. She is well trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, having started when she was only 17yrs old. Also a competitor, having won inside the cage, and at a body-weight of just around 100lbs, she lends an incredibly invaluable insight into what it is like to be a smaller female, how not to be targeted, avoiding becoming a victim, and instead how to build self confidence and empowerment.
10 Benefits and Gains of Training Self-Defense
Safety: Self-defense will give you the ability to protect yourself and overcome or escape an attacker. Knowing how to defend yourself can help you feel less anxious in public, or fearful when walking alone in the night. You will learn the basics of how to protect yourself from an attacker so that you can escape.
Awareness: Know your surroundings
Self confidence: Training in self defense helps people, especially women, develop more confidence in themselves and their surroundings. Knowing that you have the ability to defend yourself gives you the confidence and freedom to fully explore the world for example, meet new people and find new ways to engage with others.
Learning something new: Learning new things revolves around encouraging your successes and accepting your defeats; both are important to engaging in a healthy lifestyle.
Muscle Tone: Emotionally prepared is not enough. Being physically prepared for an attack is also equally important. You must be in-shape and able to move and control your own body in order to best defend yourself. A warm-up comes first, next comes learning defense techniques. Women usually have stronger lower bodies than most men; self defense can utilize this statistic to help women learn to use their lower bodies so they can overcome their potential attackers.
Overall fitness: Through learning self defense, you will maintain your muscle and endurance through practicing along with other exercise activities. Naturally, your overall fitness will improve. You cannot defend yourself when you are out of shape.
Balance: Improving your balance not only includes the physical balance of your core muscles but also a mental balance by improving your focus.Learn how to focus on your target while you control your body. Through gaining your body control and balance, you will be better prepared to protect yourself mentally and physically.
Self-discipline: In order to learn and grow with your self defense abilities, you have to develop your self-discipline. You have to be motivated and dedicated to the practice. Actually going to class and showing up on a regular basis develops your discipline.
Fighter’s reflex: In a fight, movement is power. You cannot stand around and wait for your attacker’s next strike; moving and instinctive reactions are of utmost importance. Self defense will help develop your reflexes and will help you gain a fighter’s reflex, which will allow you to move quickly and strategically in such a situation.
Social skills: Group settings give you a chance to meet new people and develop your social skills. Self-defense is very similar to martial arts in that it teaches the discipline of honoring your elders, showing respect, and the tolerance of others. These social skills will bring about a positive outlook for your own point of view and help to bring peace and balance in your attitude.
A - Alert. Be Alert to your surroundings, what you see, what you feel, what you hear.
L - Listen. Listen to your gut. If something feels off, don’t ignore it.
I - Instincts. Fight or flight Instinct, do something not nothing. Do not freeze.
V - Voice. Use your voice, be loud, don’t go quietly, make a commotion.
E - Evade. Use your skills to Evade capture. In the event you are taken your chances of survival diminish.
What Participants Are Saying...
"You guys did perfect! I brought my 14 year old daughter, very informative and she loved it. Considering enrolling her in something to further her skills. Thank you!" - Kristy
"Very informative class easy to understand and apply. Thank You both, you guys did an amazing job!" - Angela
"Thank you for not making any question feel dumb. Showing the low-impact to no-impact techniques and allowing us to simply walk through the motions...Laura did that with me and it was very helpful!" - Sarah
"This was a great seminar. I can't wait to watch the videos and practice more. I'm usually very timid about getting in front of others and participating but you all make everything very comfortable. Thank you!" - Andrea