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“You Can Kick A Man’s Ass”

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Today I attended a 3-hour Krav Maga self-defense for runners seminar.  It was fast-paced, hardcore, and realistic.  This is a world class training facility and I am so glad they offered this seminar.  The techniques we learned and the knowledge I gained are invaluable.  I have become kind of obsessed with learning how to protect myself from an attack ever since the murder of Lauren Bump(and a subsequent attack a few weeks later) on our local running trails.  I haven’t run out there alone since that day, and I don’t know if I ever will, but taking self-defense classes is becoming my new hobby.  I realized through all this that I was a naive fool before Lauren’s murder.  I was completely defenseless and blissfully unaware that bad guys are always lurking.  This seminar taught us that we need to be prepared to stand our ground and fight.

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There were over 200 women there today, all with the same goal in mind – to gain knowledge and feel empowered.  We learned and practiced many techniques to escape realistic scenarios, such as:

  • An attacker grabbing you from behind (a “bear hug”)
  • An attacker grabbing you from behind and covering your mouth
  • An attacker with a knife
  • An attacker who takes you down to the ground

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We did drills with a partner over and over and the instructor was extremely strict about proper technique.  Each pair of partners had realistic weapons.  It was disturbing to think through these scenarios, especially knowing Lauren Bump was stabbed to death from behind.  But it made for realistic practice.

The finale was almost unbearable.  He told us “You don’t have to do this, but if you don’t you’ve wasted your time here.”  They had set up a realistic scenario to resemble a dimly lit trail and we were to each run through, one by one, and an “attacker” was waiting behind trees and attacked us with a knife.  We had to use our skills to fight them off and escape.  Standing in line to do this drill felt like I was waiting to go into a haunted house.  I was so nervous.  My heart was racing as I ran through, was “attacked,” and fought him off successfully.  After going through that scenario, we went into another room where we had to fight off an attack from behind.  The trainers were wearing full pads and helmets, came from behind with full force, and we could unleash our fury on them without holding back.

The two self-defense classes I’ve taken so far have been slightly different, but the takeaway message of both has been this:

  • Avoid putting yourself in a dangerous situation
  • Be aware of your surroundings and put away the distractions
  • An attack will be fast; it will be a surprise; and it will be violent
  • Nobody thinks it will happen to them (until it does)
  • Learn and practice techniques to defend yourself, and hurt your attacker
  • Just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you have to be fearful and weak

Like our instructor said “Ladies, you can kick a man’s ass!”  And today we proved it.  My fear is subsiding but will never completely disappear – which I think is good.  At the same time I’m gaining confidence and skills I never thought I needed.  Hopefully I never will.

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Weekends Are Made For Fun!

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My husband and me

I live for the weekends!!  My husband and I have had a weekend full of fun and fitness.  We love being in the outdoors together, and the weather here in South Texas was perfect!

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Love my pink bell

Saturday morning, we headed out for a bike ride on our beautiful trail system.  I hadn’t been on the bike in awhile but we went for it – full speed ahead!  We rode 22 miles and I loved every minute of it.  It was a challenge for sure, and my legs are still feeling it.  I actually woke up in the night with horrible soreness – that has NEVER happened to me.  I guess I should’ve stretched just like I do after runs.  Lesson learned!  Then we enjoyed a delicious late night meal at one of our favorite restaurants (bonus – we had a gift card!).

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Hotel/restaurant on the Riverwalk

This morning we headed downtown to explore our beautiful city.  The Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s biggest attractions.  There are restaurants and shops along the way. We love playing tourist in our own town.

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Kayakers down river

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Take a hike!

As if all of the activity wasn’t enough – we decided we should go for a hike this afternoon.  Government Canyon is our local State Natural Area.  It has miles and miles of rugged trails.  We’ve run here before and my husband has been mountain biking also, but today we decided to take a hike.  It was PACKED!  I think since it’s a long weekend, people are taking advantage and camping or hiking.  We love seeing all the active people in our city.  We ended up hiking for 3 hours which amounted to about 7 miles.  It was an awesome challenge!

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The sun setting on the trails

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The pot of gold at the end of an amazing weekend

We loved every minute of our weekend together.  I hope everyone else is having a fun-filled, active weekend with the ones you love!!

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