I’m a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and two marriages rife with physical and verbal abuse. I understand firsthand the trauma and fear that women, especially, can undergo.
Due to my abuse, I took on the belief that I must be worthless. And if I was worthless, I must be weak. And if I was weak, I did not deserve to have a say over my own life. I backed down from sharing my opinions and I set myself up to be taken advantage of by people because that was all I knew.
I was locked up in victim mentality.
When I was 20 years old, I survived an attack - one that took place in a home with my friends who all froze with fear of the intruder. I was walking down the hallway when some hands reached out, grabbed me and dragged me aggressively into the bathroom. At the time, I only knew 3 basic martial arts moves that I had learned only 2 weeks before. Those moves saved me and broke my attacker’s nose!
I got away.
When the police arrived, we found out the intruder had been wanted for 2 rapes and a homicide. He went to jail and was locked away for a very long time.
When I saw that 3 simple moves could save my life, I went on to get two different second-degree black belts in Street-Smart Self-Defense.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve taught over 60,000 women self-defense techniques to help them find their voice, identify their strengths, and live without fear of an attack on themselves or their children. Now, it’s YOUR TURN!