Women’s Self-Defense Information

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 women are raped at some point in their life.
  • 1 in 3 experience sexual violence.
  • Approximately 92% of all sexual violence is committed by intimate partners or acquaintances.
  • Only 12% of child sex abuse is reported.
  • Only 10% of college/campus rape is reported.
  • 1 in 4 girls abused before the age of 18.
  • 63% of college aged men self-reported that they had raped a woman and, in some cases, raped more than once.

These are just some of the eye-opening statistics regarding rape and sexual assault in the United States. It’s terrifying, but you can do something about it. You don’t have to be a victim of sexual assault. With information, training, role-playing and practice, you can learn how to be safe on the streets and in the home. Your instructors are Captain Deanna Nollette, a veteran of both the Sex Crimes Division and the Homicide Division of the Seattle Police Department, who brings 22 years of experience in self-defense instruction to club ZUM, and Kevin Lollis, former US Marine and 3rd Degree Black Belt in Danzan Ryu JuJitsu. Their goal will be to help you develop self-confidence, a winning attitude, and the skill set needed to defend yourself in all situations.

This three-day course will focus on arming you with information regarding the techniques of abusers, and teaching you how to recognize the warning signs and the patterns of predators before you become a victim. Emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse will each be addressed. We’ll go over the most common types of assault perpetrated by people you know and trust, as well as assaults by strangers. We’ll cover personal safety tips, walking you through work situations, shopping, dating, vehicle/driving, and in the home. We’ll discuss electronic stalking, phone and email security, and more. We’ll spend a lot of time teaching and practicing simple, yet effective, self-defense techniques that will enable you to significantly injure a much larger opponent and then flee to safety. We’ll cover situational awareness, tactical breathing, dealing with the body’s adrenaline response to stress, even how to talk to the police when reporting a crime. We’ll give you an opportunity to practice every phase of conflict from build-up, to assault, to escape – from calling for help, to emotional support after the dust settles. We’ll talk about being “rude”, saying “no”, and retraining women, especially young women, to stand up for themselves and for each other.

This seminar will be offered quarterly here at ZUM, and we recommend that you attend at least twice a year. Open to all members and non-members age 13 and up, we encourage you to bring daughters, nieces, co-workers, friends and sisters; all women need this information and to be routinely exposed to this sort of practice over time. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure your continued good health, both physical and emotional, by arming you with the tools needed to navigate your environment safely, and with awareness and confidence while avoiding paranoia.

The workshop will take place Friday, November 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and Sunday, November 18 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. It is open to all members for $125 and non-members for $150. Sign up at the front desk, by calling 206-443-3933, or by emailing me at kevinl@zumfitness.com.