Pretty bold statement, I know. The truth is that a good women’s self-defense training class provides the tools to build self-esteem.
Before we talk about how to do that, let’s talk about what self-esteem is. From the dictionary definition, It is self-confidence and contentment, that is, self-esteem. From the clinical definition, It is about valuing what you believe to be true about yourself and how you feel about yourself. People with high self-esteem see themselves as worthy and equal to others. The common denominator in both definitions is “oneself”.
We determine our self-esteem level based on the feedback we get from our environment. Applying logic, therefore, continuous negative feedback lowers self-esteem, while positive feedback raises self-esteem. So what does all of this have to do with women’s self-defense?
A good women’s self-defense program is based on the adage that “success breeds success.” More positive results mean more willingness to try again to achieve the same, if not better, results. What you see is an inner sense of ’empowerment’ at work because you are doing what you thought you couldn’t do. The training environment also provides ongoing encouragement through instructors and students.
Overall, students found that the Healthy Women’s Self-Defense Program can boost self-esteem. Here’s why.
Why does self-esteem start with self-defense? Because for many women, it’s the first time they’re in an environment that encourages them to stand up for themselves, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.
What if all girls were taught these skills in primary school? Wouldn’t you believe that by reducing the number of potential victims, we could reduce situations of domestic violence and date rape?
Individuals with positive self-esteem are:
By teaching women self-defense, we are providing them with a whole new toolbox of options to boost their self-esteem and regain control of their own destinies.
**Angie M. Tarighi is CEO and Founder of Women’s Self-Defense Institute, which provides self-defense training, educational awareness and personal protection products that empower women to fight crime.