Thinking back to middle school for most of us is an entertaining, if not painful, exercise. Being in that age group, some feel like they don’t belong…anywhere. The social pressures and norms are enormous, confusing, and frustrating. Some of the childhood friends we had have grown and joined different cliques. Even the idea of cliques themselves can seem foreign. Yet, we all try and manage the best we can, and as we grow and develop and mature, we can look back at that time as a necessary, if sometimes embarrassing, time in our lives.
For many middle school children, it also becomes the first time when they are confronting sexual identities, developing bodies, and higher risk social situations. Knowing this, IMPACT Chicago has created an age-appropriate self-defense program for middle school girls. Emphasizing strong verbal boundaries and developing confidence, as well as powerful and easy-to-learn techniques, we have been teaching this class for several years, with great success.
When is the best time for a girl/woman to learn self-defense, particularly against sexual predation? “Earlier is better than later, later is better than never.” Please consider this and encourage friends and family with middle school girls to consider taking this class.
Rob Babcock, IMPACT Chicago Suited Instructor