Amanda Berry Story Shows Self Defense Women’s Classes Vital

The recent news of three girls abducted and held captive in Cleveland highlights the need for self defense women’s classes.

According to the news reports (read the full story here) Amanda Berry and 2 other women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive in a Cleveland Ohio house for about a decade.

While the details are still forthcoming, we can infer vital clues from what has been released.

  1. The girls were between the ages of 14 and 19 at the time of abduction.
  2. While abducted almost a year appart, they were all abducted within a block of each other on the same street.
  3. The suspect was known as a nice guy and a former school bus driver.

Based on this information it’s likely that the suspect was targeting girls in the area. It was likely in a part of town he knew well and his target was specifically sexually mature females. It possible the girls recognized the man or at least did not perceive him to be an immediate threat. Maybe they knew him from the school bus and perhaps he was being helpful in offering them a ride home because it would be odd for a young girl to get into a vehicle with a stranger on a busy street without a struggle and we know that abductors are not wanting to call attention to themselves. The more that their initial abduction goes unnoticed the more likely it is they will get away with it.

So while we can imagine that the girls at first didn’t suspect anything, at some point they did. Perhaps it was when they didn’t take a familiar path home or when they pulled up to a strange house. Maybe it wasn’t until some point later… but over the course of less than an hour they would have known that they were in a very serious situation.

Odds are they felt powerless to do anything about it.

Perhaps the abductor had a weapon or maybe he used chloroform to drug them. Regardless there are opportunities to fight. It might mean waiting for the right time or for the right target to present itself but there are opportunities. Not even the best trained security personnel can be on high alert at all times – much less a run of the mill criminal deviant.

Self Defense Women's Classes at DSDI literally get sick thinking about how these girls must have felt – frightened, alone, helpless, hopeless – and how a little knowledge could have gone toward preventing their abduction or cutting the 10 years to just days. I know we don’t know all the details yet and I admire Amanda for taking the opportunity to escape when she saw it.

As the father of a tween girl myself I place a priority on having her know basic self defense skills. She plays other sports and takes part in many other activities that all have value in and of themselves – yet none of them have the real potential for saving her life like her self defense training. She may be physically overpowered by an adult male, but I know she can leave that male impotent, blind and crippled if presented with the opportunity.

If you have a daughter  between the ages of 12 and 20 consider taking self defense women’s or adult group self defense classes. Even a single class will provide more benefit than not knowing anything. But to build skill consider at least a 6 week program. And be sure to download our free self defense report to get some insights you can start using tonight to avoid danger and violent situations.

Remember… Self Defense Women are Empowered Women!

One Day of Crime In Columbus, Ohio

People often feel safe in their own city. But after a recent news story about a woman who was forced to withdraw cash from ATM machines by 3 armed criminals, I wondered what the real stats for Columbus Ohio are.

Looking up the Public Records at the Columbus Devision of Police website I found some startling facts. Just yesterday (Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010) there were 58 violent crimes reported.

The break down goes like this…

  • Rape/Sexual Assault – 2
  • Assault – 28
  • Aggravated Assault – 4
  • Robbery – 12
  • Menacing – 12

The terrible thing is that this appears to have been a pretty typical day in Columbus, OH. I checked a few other random days and came up with similar numbers. This means that if you live in Columbus you have a 1 in 40 chance of being the victim of a crime against you.

 Can a self-defense course or martial arts help?

Most people live in an altered reality where they either believe that nothing will ever happen to them (or just refuse to consider it) or that they are powerless to do anything about it. Both cases are very dangerous if you happen to become a victim of crime.

The majority of assault cases listed on the CDP site were simple fights. Usually social arguments or jockeying for social position that escalated to blows. About 1 out 4 involved a weapon – most often a knife or a gun. Cases of robbery almost always involved a weapon where aggravated assault by definition involved the use of a deadly weapon. Only about 1 in 4 cases involved more than one suspect in the case of a serious assault.

Can a self-defense program make you safer?

That of course depends on what kind of program it is. The first course of action is noticing that there are indeed good and bad parts of town. Awareness, how you carry yourself all play into your chances of being a victim.

While it would be irresponsible for me to imply that a Dynamic Self-Defense student is invulnerable to attack. I can say that they are desensitized to having a gun shoved in their face or a knife to the throat. That’s just another Friday night for us.

Being able to stay calm (or at least not panic and lose focus) when facing a violent situation means that you are able to assess the situation and know what options you truly have. This gives you the power to control the situation by either implementing the techniques you have learned, waiting for a better opportunity or by recognizing that the situation is not a threatening as it seems (most robbers for example simply want money, not attention). Key point you can act the moment you choose and not be a party in your own murder.

Funny thing is that by practicing practical self-defense and knowing you have the skill to defend yourself with lethal force if necessary changes the way you walk. You automatically become a less appealing target and better your odds of ever having to use what you learn.

I would invite you to schedule a time to stop by and observe a class for yourself. You’ll see that we’re just ordinary people that have fun training together.