Originally posted July 3, 2010 on Colahan’s Martial Arts.
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.
~Susan B. Anthony
I know women (and men, too) who won’t try karate because they don’t want to get bruises. Or they don’t want to fight.
When someone tells me they don’t want to fight, my response is, “I don’t either!” I’m not looking for a fight. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy a fight. But here’s the thing…
It’s not about the fight. It’s about getting away – ALIVE!!
If I find myself in an unfortunate situation and have to defend myself or protect someone, I stand a pretty good chance of doing so. Yes, they might get in the first punch or two. It’s a good bet they’ll surprise me. But after the surprise wears off, then what?
Then the “surprise” is on them!
I think I can honestly say that after that first punch, my training will kick in. I will hear Sensei’s voice in my head saying, “Do something!” And the repetition of practicing techniques again and again and again will take over. I will fight. I will not cower or give in. I will use the tools I’ve been given, and I WILL defend myself – all so I can get away and get to safety.
Yes, I get bruises. But honestly, I get as many bruises from working around the house as I do from karate. And those karate bruises? I’m proud of them – strange as that sounds – because it means I’ve been working hard. I’ve been challenging myself, learning how to defend myself.
I’m betting my life that I can protect myself. Aren’t you doing the same?