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Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women – a program that changed my life so significantly that I now dedicate myself to teaching it. In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 15 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant.
Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents.
Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may take a timed proficiency test, and should your performance meet Gracie Academy standards, you will be awarded the pink belt as a symbol of your accomplishment!
To learn how you can access the Women Empowered program from home, or to find a Certified Training Center near you, visit:
http://www.gracieacademy.com/women_empowered.asp or http://evetorres.com/womenempowered.php
As some of you know, I am an instructor of the Women Empowered Program at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. With the new Beverly Hills academy opening soon, you can now take the time to get to know me along with the other instructors! To find out more about the new Beverly Hills Gracie Jiu-Jitsu academy, visit GracieBeverlyHills.com
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Last week Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, Mark Henry, Stephanie McMahon and I had the honor of visiting the South Bronx Academy, where we took part in a Be A STAR rally.
Bullying is something that at some point we’ve all encountered… whether we’ve been a victim of bullying ourselves, or whether we’ve witnessed it. Either way, it’s an issue that is personally very dear to my heart, and I encourage you all to get involved in the fight against bullying. To find out more about the Be A Star program and how to start a chapter at your school, visit http://www.BeAStarAlliance.org.
Check out this video of our experience at the South Bronx Academy:
Today, I’m setting you all the same challenge I set the participants of this Be A Star rally- and that is to send a positive message to someone on facebook or twitter today!
Please take a moment to watch this video;
Congress must act now to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the landmark achievement in the movement to end violence against women and girls!
The Violence Against Women Act revolutionized the way violent crimes against women are prosecuted and prevented, and in addition reshaped the way victims receive services and transformed the way communities respond to survivors.
We cannot afford for the reauthorization of VAWA not to pass. For more information on how you can take action visit joyfulheartfoundation.org.
BeliEVErs, while today marks the end of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, this does not mean that our dedication to the cause or to awareness should falter! For more information on the program I’m involved with, the Gracie Women Empowered program, visit here.
This month has been declared national sexual assault awareness month, and I ask that we take this time to educate ourselves (both men and women!) about the importance of being aware of our surroundings and educating ourselves on how to protect ourselves in the event of an attack.
The statistics around rape and sexual assault are alarming, with one study showing that one in four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday- astounding! Here are some articles that you should read, that show just how staggering the statistics are:
“One In Four” Article – Click Here
WPIX Article- Click Here
While alarming, there are things that we can all do to protect ourselves against perpetrators! As many of you know I am a representative for the Gracie Women Empowered Self Defense program, a program that teaches you how to protect yourself in the event of an attack- something we all need to know. To learn more about this click here, it will change your life just like it changed mine!
In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, I ask that we remind ourselves about the importance of our safety, and discuss amongst ourselves what we can do to help keep ourselves physically and emotionally protected.
A serial rapist being held at the Penitentiary of New Mexico agreed to do an interview with MSNBC’s “Lockup” in which he shared all the details of how he was able to rape 22 different women. From a self-defense perspective, the interview is extremely enlightening, since it identifies exactly what the predator is thinking when he is planning and perpetrating the crimes, thereby helping us to strategize ways in which to prevent an attack from happening and equipping us with the knowledge of how to react in the event of an attack.
Before watching, please note, that this video contains graphic language and depicts very scary scenarios:
This is a very scary clip but extremely telling of what people who commit these crimes are thinking. Like I said earlier, knowing how they go about committing them can then help us know how to avoid and defend against them!
The most important thing we can learn from this is how heightened awareness is our first line of defense. Life makes it so that we can’t always put ourselves in the safest of scenarios, but we can make ourselves more aware when we do have to be in isolated areas. Standing up tall, making eye contact, with those around us, and using verbal assertiveness can help deter assailants who are looking for an “easy target”. Also, we should avoid being isolated from the public at all costs. Although he used a weapon to coerce the women into their own car, if you can run, defend yourself, and avoid isolation, your chances of survival will be much greater. Studies show that if he will kill you in public, he will most likely be planning to kill you in private.
As many of you know, I am a representative for the Gracie Women Empowered self-defense program; a program that has changed my life and one that I know can change yours! In this program we teach you all both the awareness principles and the simple techniques that you need know in order to protect yourself in the event of an attack! As women (and men too!) it is SO important that we learn how to defend ourselves. Rape and assault is a very real threat, and the statistics are staggering.
For more information on the Gracie women empowered program please visit here.
If you or someone you know has survived sexual assault, contact RAINN at 1(800) 656-HOPE or RAINN.org for confidential support.
Thanks for the responses!
Here are my favorite;
We don’t see very many women directors still to this day. Many, many movies that we see are directed by men. I’ve seen a couple movies that were directed by women, and let me tell you, they were just as good as the other movies directed by men. I think women are just as creative and intelligent as men are. Many people don’t give enough credit to women. We are strong, independent women who deserve more credit than what we get. – Jessica Koch
An existing problem that still goes on is that women are not treated fairly. For example, why do the WWE Divas are given less than 2 minutes of airtime every week for a match while the guys get a solid 10 minutes or more? – RKo
What is International Women’s Day you ask? It’s a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future! I bet you didn’t know that in some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is actually a national holiday!
So today, let’s take some time out to express our gratitude for the women that have paved the way for us, and to express thankfulness for the amazing women we have in our lives today.
Women have made so many strides in all areas of life; we’re leaders of political parties, CEO’s of major fortune 500 companies, pioneers of social and political change, and prolific figures like Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Hillary Clinton come to mind. Phew… I’m proud to be a woman!
While undoubtedly women have progressed leaps and bounds, many would argue that the journey still continues. What existing problems do you still see women facing in 2012, and what would you like see addressed!? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts! I’ll be reading and I will feature my favorite pieces of feedback right here on my website!
For more info on how to get involved check out the International Women’s Day website.
I had a great time with my sorority sisters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Syracuse University! I joined them during the day where they were hosting their annual “This is not a wife beater” event. We all decorated men’s white tank tops with our own designs and messages. The self-defense seminar was a great success and I definitely think all the college women who attended left feeling empowered!
If you would like to bring the Women Empowered program to your college campus, please contact email@example.com subject: Empower My Campus.
This Thursday, Feb 9th, I’ll be leading a free self-defense seminar for college women! During this seminar I’ll be teaching the Gracie Women Empowered techniques that have changed my life, and that can change yours!
The statistics are staggering- one of four college women will be sexually assaulted & it is our responsibility to learn how to protect ourselves in the event of an attack.
This seminar is extra special to me, as I’m partnering with my sorority Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to bring this to the Syracuse college campus.
Where: Archbold Lower, Syracuse University
When: Thursday, February 9th 5:17-7:00pm
See you there! Soleil!
Missed the Gracie Women Empowered segment on HD Net!? Fear not, I’ve got you covered!
Check out this video!
“Inside MMA”, a show on HD Net will be doing a special feature on the Women Empowered Program at the Gracie Academy!
The segment with Ron Kruck will air on Monday, January 30th at 8pm on HD Net. Make sure you tune in to learn more about this amazing program that is empowering women all over the world!
For more info on the Women Empowered program visit click here.
For the first time since 1929, the FBI is making plans to change the definition of rape! This is a much welcomed, groundbreaking change and is something that activists and philanthropists have been campaigning for, for a long time!
The revamped definition of rape will be much broader; thereby including sex attacks by relatives, non-traditional penetration, and also the rape of a male. The proposed new definition is “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Sexual assault is a devastating crime, and effects millions of men and women around the world, and I find it so encouraging to see the government making changes to the law to protect the women and men of this country!
With that in mind, I have to stress the importance of us all also to learning how to protect ourselves in the event of an attack! Please visit the Women Empowered page of my website for more information.
Self-defense isn’t only something that women should learn… this is an equally beneficial skillset for men, and the Gracie academy offers a variety of classes for men!
If you or anyone you know has been victim of a sexual attack, visit RAINN.org for online help resources or call the anonymous help hotline 1-800-656-HOPE.