Women Empowered Seminar (01/11/20)


Notes from the seminar

The numbers

Will be attacked in their lifetime at least once:

  • 1 in 4 women
  • 1 in 10 men
  • 1 on 4 transgender people

Triangle of victimization

4 phases of an attack by a stranger

  1. Identify an unsuspecting target
  2. Subdue and isolate the target
  3. Control and exhaust the target
  4. Execute the assault

4 phases of an attack by a non-stranger

  1. Intrusion
  2. Desensitization
  3. Isolation
  4. Execute the assault

Over 78% of sexual assaults and violence against women are committed by a non-stranger (someone that knows the target).


Realistic self-defense needs to resist real threats and violence.

A sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the survivor. As women, we cannot “prevent” sexual assault. The word “prevention” implies that we have an active role or a choice in the act. We can, however, reduce our risk through education, awareness, and physical self-defense.

There is no “right” or “wrong” in self-defense. Every situation is unique, and anything you have to do to survive is what matters.

Your ability to adjust your survival strategy to match each phase of the assault is vitally important. The mindset and the physical techniques change drastically in each phase, and failure to adapt may cause your actions to be ineffective or even counterproductive.

Use your safety strategies to heighten your awareness and reduce the risk to be targeted, but perfect the techniques and master the principles presented in the Women Empowered® program to ensure that you have a realistic and reliable action plan if a physical attack is unavoidable.

The road to self-defense mastery takes time and patience, with you and your partner.


Special thanks to:

All of you who attended our first seminar ever. We hope to see you on the mat again!

Assistant Instructors / Students:

  • Sofia Carlson
  • Kodi Grove
  • Jim Jenkins
  • Ky O’Donnell

  • Anabel Assante
  • Jade Bonilla