The two day course was given by renown self-defense instructor Steve Kardian on September 26th and 27th. Steve is a lifetime martial artist, retired law enforcement detective, and regularly appears on national news programs as a criminal justice and self-defense expert. Steve is also one of the founders of the Women’s Self-Defense Institute, which specializes in developing the best strategies possible for women in self-defense. Instructor Carol Ann Williams, who is also a martial artist was amazing in assisting Steve with the training.
The physical strategies covered included controlling distance, striking vital areas, and using effective striking techniques from both a standing and grounded position. The course also covered important discussion about attacks on women and elements like “date-rape” drugs. Toward the end of the course Sensei Mark was dressed in a padded suit and each of the other students practiced repelling attacks using the strategies learned.
Statistics show that about one-in-four women will experience unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime. The most vulnerable time in a woman’s life is during her freshman year in college, between her first day of classes and Thanksgiving break. However, these types of assaults can happen anywhere, at any age. Robberies, domestic abuse, and other types of assaults against women are, also, all too common.
Senseis Connie and Mark were among the seven individuals to receive certification in the acclaimed program. This material will now be included into ZenQuest’s Hybrid Self-defense classes. Special thanks to Steve and Carol Ann for providing such excellent instruction. For more information about the Girls on Guard program or our Hybrid Self-defense classes call 413-637-0656.