Women’s Self Defense Class

Sara Haque

The Benedictine University Ministry hosted a women’s self defense class on Wednesday September 10th in the Founder’s Woods Clubhouse.

The class entailed a full service of moves and techniques for when one may be placed in an unfortunate situation where the attacker becomes physical. The instructors used hands on methods for the attendees to fully grasp how they would handle disastrous circumstances.

Photo credit: Maureen Romero, Office Assistant Benedictine University Ministry

Photo credit: Maureen Romero, Office Assistant Benedictine University Ministry

Maureen Romero, Office Assistant of the University Ministry Department, helped organize this beneficial event.

“The purpose of this was to empower, and this was just for the ladies this time, but to make sure they are aware of their surroundings,” said Romero. “[This class gave] the tools that they need if they find themselves in situations that are less than pleasant. It gives them a chance to get away and not become a victim, and gives power to the people to defend themselves.”

Many of the attendees enjoyed gaining confidence from the new moves and techniques they were able to learn.

“The women’s self defense class was surprisingly cool. I wasn’t expecting to learn as much as I did. The class itself was fun and enjoyable but the instructors were able to give serious advice if anything ever happened. I think this type of information is important to know so I’m glad I ended up going to the class,” said senior Safa Aleem.

A few others enjoyed the strong message that comes with learning to be stronger. Participating in a class like this helps women stand their ground against domestic violence.

“This class is fantastic and I would recommend it to all women of every age! The instructors made me more confident by teaching simple moves that will get you out of any attack situation (regardless of size or strength). I personally really appreciate their kindness and positive message to raise awareness of domestic violence. It’s so important to know that there is help out there and you’re not alone! Abusers are master manipulators and make you feel like you deserve it, and unfortunately, you don’t see their true colors until it’s too late. In the past, I was a victim, but now I feel truly empowered,” said Benedictine student Rosa Collela.

This class, with the hands on training, encouraged an environment of strength, and created friendships amongst the attendees.

If you, or someone you know is being affected or victimized by abuse or domestic violence please do not hesitate to get to help. Campus Police is at service 24/7, or you can call the domestic violence 24/7 hotline: 1-800-799-7233