WAKEFIELD – To empower women and girls to live safe, peaceful lives, a leader in self-defense and martial arts is offering an open workshop Sat., March 5 to teach women self-defense skills to avoid dangerous encounters.
During the workshop, held at 24 Salt Pond Road, Room B-3 from 1 to 4 p.m, lead instructor Anne Kuzminsky will teach participants how to use intuition, awareness and active thinking for safety, verbal skills and confident body language. She will also evaluate their physical and mental abilities. Kuzminsky will teach basic self-defense strategies and inform participants about the dynamics and realities of violence. She will also teach women techniques on how to interrupt violence like making eye contact, being assertive and using physical skills.
Kuzminsky has been teaching women's self defense since 2001 to mainly businesses, but then she decided she needed to open it up to the community. This is the second open workshop she has offered to the community. The last one took place in October. Kuzminsky said she offers the workshop to the community because she feels there is a need for women to learn the information on violence against women and strategies for avoiding it.
“There's so few people doing this type of work and there's a real need for it. I think women need other women to teach them these types of skills,” Kuzminsky said.
The self-defense classes are in a private space with only females in attendance. At the last workshop, Kuzminsky said women of all ages from their 20s to 60s attended.
“You don't have to have any athletic background. Women of all shapes and sizes and athletic abilities can attend,” Kuzminsky said.
She said the group is usually about 10 people.
“The people who are really looking for this type of training are really looking and sometimes have a difficult time finding the resources they need,” Kuzminsky said.
Kuzminsky offers the three-hour workshop in one day rather than having the women come back over several weeks to save the participants time.
Kuzminsky has several goals during her workshops, including having women understand the earlier warning signs and having a range of strategies to react early and making positive use of statistics.