Becoming a Fighting Badass!

I am learning to be a fighting badass. Really, me, a fighting badass. Stop laughing, I am serious. Anyone who knows me knows I am not made of typical badass stuff, I am more likely to bake some brownies for a bad guy and try to kill him with kindness, but I am actively trying to learn some convincing badass material.

What in the heck am I talking about? I am halfway through a self-defense class where I am learning all kinds of self defense techniques and how to fight dirty should I ever be in a position to defend my own life. I am learning how to play possum i.e. “act defenseless so my attacker puts his guard down and I can then inflict injury to him”, how to posture i.e. “act like a psycho badass” in the hopes of scaring away a would be bad guy away. I am learning how to “defang the snake” which is strike back with a knife in a knife fight and cause injury to the bad guy’s knife hand, thus rendering him unable to continue to attack me. I am learning how to handle myself in a knife fight for my life. I am learning how to stun a would be attacker and give myself time to either run or prepare to defend myself for upcoming attacks. Pretty amazing stuff for a soccer mom from the ‘burbs!

Why? Because, I until a couple weeks ago I had no clue how to defend myself. Thankfully, I have not ever been in a potentially dangerous situation, partially due to good luck, and partially due to the fact that I don’t put myself into questionable situations. I lead a pretty boring life in most respects spending most my time shuttling my family between school, activities, church and the grocery store. Not that much action happens at Safeway! But I am also alert, I watch my surroundings and I don’t take chances. While all that is good, and certainly helps to minimize my potential for becoming a victim, I am intelligent enough to know that is not foolproof and will not help me defend myself in case my luck runs out one day.

I have always known I needed to actively work at learning to protect myself but I have never done it until now. To be honest, I am a bit of a control freak and one of my biggest fears is to be vulnerable. I don’t like thinking about how vulnerable I’d feel if I was ever attacked. One of my bucket list items is to take a self defense class and I finally made time to take one, researched and found a fantastic class and put my money where my mouth was and guess what? I am amazed at what I have learned so far. I am a bad ass in the making and you’d never know it by looking at me.

I am taking a class at Copeland’s and I have a whole new perspective after just a few classes. I know that I need to be able to visualize myself defending myself and keeping myself safe in a potentially dangerous situation. I now know how to use my own body as a weapon if no other weapon is available. I am learning to think through an attack and respond rather than freeze. What I like about Copeland’s class is that he has you practice everything, the more a response gets repeated the more likely I’ll revert to it in an attack rather than freezing!

So far in my class it is me, another lady and a bunch of guys. I look so out of place that it is hard for even me to take myself seriously, but I recognize that I need the class much more than any of my male classmates. My classmates are wonderful, they are encouraging and they test me, which is exactly what I need. I am taking this opportunity to learn seriously, I practice on my own, I do my homework and I hope that I never have to use these newly developed skills. I am trying to practice my response so that if I ever need it my brain and body will know instinctively what to do.

I am only half way through my class but I know already that this was a good idea and that this is long over do for me. I also know already that I want to sign my kids up for this class so that they too will have the skills to protect and defend themselves if they ever need it.

Yes, I am becoming a bad ass, isn’t that cool?

So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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