In the Basics class,
students learn a full range of self-defense techniques,
including: awareness, assault deterrence, and setting verbal boundaries.
Physical skills are practiced full contact and full force with the “model
mugger”. This enables us to learn to overcome the freeze response
and to strategize and assess options while in an adrenalized state.
Classes are taught in a supportive environment
that allows each student freedom to make her own choices. Scenarios
slowly and increase in realism as the students’ skills
increase. Small class sizes allow for maximum personal attention
and individualized instruction.
The Women’s Basic class is 20-25
hours, (often taught over two weekends in a row, Saturday
and Sunday, 10 AM to 4
PM). Sound like a lot of time to commit? Many busy families
and college students have a hard time imagining committing
to two weekends of class. But you might want to compare it
to the amount of time that you probably spent learning to
drive or to swim. Like driving and swimming, self-defense is
that may some day save your life.
And compared to other physical training, WAMM and other IMPACT-style
self-defense classes teach a remarkable amount in a relatively
Who can take a WAMM class?
“It’s not the size of the woman in the fight,
it’s the size of the fight in the woman.”
The courses are designed for all people, you don’t have
to be athletic. The non-competitive environment honors each
student’s abilities, and WAMM welcomes people of all
levels of physical fitness. Each woman develops a self-defense
style that maximizes her own strengths. We are committed to
removing barriers for all students. We can adapt the class
to your individual challenges or pre-existing injuries and
are happy to talk with you about your needs.
What you learn:
- to de-escalate potentially dangerous confrontations in
a variety of settings
- to physically protect yourself using
many techniques including
your voice, your brain, and your body
- to avoid danger utilizing
awareness of your surroundings and sending non-verbal signals
that decrease your chances of being
- to shorten your natural "freeze" response
by training in a realistic, adrenaline based learning environment
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Benefits of the training:
- many WAMM students report that learning the physical
skills necessary to stop someone from hurting them
also leads to benefits in other areas of their lives.
Some examples of these benefits include:
- increased assertiveness in relationships
- ability to communicate clearly and directly
- increased ability to say no in a variety of circumstances
- more self-confidence and the ability to take on new
- increased self-esteem and trust in our intuition
- assistance in recovery from a traumatic past experience
- experience less fear and helplessness in the world,
the workplace, and the home