Women to learn ways to fend off an attacker

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Women who are interested in learning a few moves to keep them safe can attend a special workshop next week.

The Women’s Only Self Defense Seminar/Workshop is from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. The seminar is $35, prior registration at the school is needed. The workshop will be held at the Folsom Martial Arts Center, 25075 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 130, in Folsom.

The workshop is a condensed version of information and techniques from the Folsom Martial Arts Center weekly women’s self defense classes offered by owner and instructor Jason Froehlich.

“The classes that I offer on a weekly basis on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, are in place to give women the skills, tools and knowledge of dealing with violent attacks in many different situations,” Froehlich said. “Since violence can erupt in a split second they are trained how to handle this even when the attacker is larger or physically stronger.”

He said unfortunately, attacks do not just happen by strangers, but also by people close to them.

“Women will learn how to control situations like these and use the right techniques that will get them to safety,” Froehlich said.

He said women will learn how to protect themselves from not only an empty hand attack, but also how to start defending against someone who might have a knife, club, bat or gun.

“What all this does in a big picture is gives women the knowledge to defend herself or her loved ones,” he said. “With this knowledge and better understanding of self defense, she becomes more confident in herself and her abilities. … But, I always warn women that feeling safe is really a false feeling. ... You should listen to your instincts at all times and if the gut feeling doesn’t feel right, then get out of there as quickly as possible.”

So why is it important for women to take this kind of course? Froehlich simply answered, “Why wouldn’t women take self-defense training?”

“When you look at the statistics, women are subject to violence and are in greater risk and frequency than men will ever be, so I always wonder why martial art schools are filled with men more than women,” he said. “Women like to go for the fitness side of martial arts, but I challenge them to look at it as a skill they can learn to use to protect themselves.”

He said taking a self defense class is important because women are more likely to face people who could potentially harm them on a regular basis.

“If you asked a woman when the last time she felt unsafe was, more than likely she would be able to answer that question,” he said. “Now, if you ask that same question to a man, he probably could even remember the last time he was someplace that he felt his safety was at threat from someone else. It is kind of sad to think about it, but reality is reality and we don’t live in the same economic state as we did at one time.”

Froehlich said one of the most important techniques he can give women and men, is to stay aware of their surroundings.

“Look in the dark corner when you walk to your car and listen if someone is trying to sneak up on you,” he said. “Attackers like to surprise you or catch you off guard, so attacking you from the front isn’t something that will happen all the time. You need to look around.”

He also recommends women carry a small tactical flashlight in their purse at all times.

“If it is dark outside, pull it out and light your way and shine it in dark areas where you might think someone may be hiding in wait,” he said. “This starts to heighten your senses and your skills to spot something out of place. By learning to be aware you decrease your chances by a huge number.”

Other specific moves Froehlich will teach in his workshop include knee strikes, palm strikes, forearm strikes and elbow strikes.

“They have the least likelihood of injuring yourself and creating the most damage and pain to the other person,” he said. “They don’t require a lot of skill level to do and you can learn very basic moves to strike the human body and inflict pain or injury. Then you are better able to run away to safety.”

Froehlich has been teaching martial arts and self defense classes for more than 20 years.

“I take into account a woman’s strength and where her weaknesses lie,” he said. “I can help her use her strength instead of feeling weak and helpless. I build student’s confidence through training in a way that is strategic and tactic to reach their ultimate outcome.”

For more information and to sign up for the workshop, call (916) 983-3604.