Op-ed: Women and self-defense

Marina Gonzalez, Reporter

Self-defense has been known to be a great way to stay fit and help people learn how to defend themselves in dangerous situations, especially for women.

I’ve been planning on taking different types of self-defense, so I can defend myself if I get caught up in a dangerous situation.

Over 60 thousand women have graduated from self-defense courses worldwide, according to Model Mugging.

Many women want to learn self-defense, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, because they want to avoid getting mugged or assaulted by men. However, the quarantine forced many gyms or self-defense facilities to close and move training classes online.

According to Digital Fynd, some of the best self-defense classes and courses are on different websites like Udemy, Skillshare, Self-Defense College and ProTrainings.

I have been doing kickboxing as part of my workouts at home based on Youtube videos, and I have learned some easy, basic moves such as jabs, cross punches, uppercuts and kicks.

Reasons women might want to learn self-defense are because crime can happen to anyone, you can become a role model for the next generation, it builds empowerment, it is life insurance and can help those who are counting on you, according to the Self Defense Mind, Body, and Spirit website.

Even though self-defense has moved online, women who are training can still get a chance to work out and practice more at home. Practicing their self-defense moves at home can also help them stay active and fight back against break-ins.

An estimate said that 17.7 million American women have been victims of sexual assault since 1998, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Another estimate said that women also experience about 4.8 million physical assaults from their partners, according to the National Organization for Women (NOW) website.

Women are attacked every year, and some have not been able to fight back. They have all become victims of dangerous crimes.

When I start taking different kinds of self-defense, I hope to build more confidence in myself and feel empowered to fight back against violence.

All women should realize that they are capable of anything, including fighting back against violence, and they should not have to fall victim to any crimes.