Learning self-defense empowers women in ways that go far beyond preventing assault. Self-defense training decreases women’s fear and anxiety and increases their confidence, their sense of self-efficacy, and their self-esteem. Learning self-defense helps women feel stronger and more confidence in their bodies. Women report more comfortable interactions with strangers, acquaintances, and intimates, both in situations that seem dangerous and those that do not.
From Jocelyn A. Hollander, Ph.D. University of Oregon, Women’s Self-Defense Frequently Asked Questions. September 15, 2014.
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