Women learn to fight back in live attack simulations at Krav Maga Manatee
SRQ Review | September 2021
In Leisure + Sports
When women, or anyone for that matter, are suddenly attacked, they face a whole range of inconveniences. There is the surprise, the extreme shock and the fact that the abuser is almost always bigger, stronger and the crime is usually well planned. A good self-defense instructor, grounded in situational awareness, will teach women who tend to travel alone (at home or abroad) how to avoid an attack by not becoming a victim. The techniques are taught with bits of real world wisdom, without wasting time creating false hopes or illusions. These combat or martial arts self-defense classes train women to channel their inner Lara Croft into Grave robber and Lorraine in Atomic blonde. After a few lessons with these professionally trained instructors, the women leave with broadened shoulders and a new sense of badassery. It’s time to kick the ass and give names to everyone who is trying to go after you and your Yves Saint Laurent bag.Owner and instructor John Brockhoff with his wife Jodi Choate O’Meara and their son Jonathon Brockhoff. Photograph by Wyatt Kostygan
The words Krav Maga mean “contact” or “hand-to-hand combat” and are the official self-defense system of the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli security forces, derived from a combination of techniques derived from boxing, wrestling, judo, aikido and karate. Manatee Krav Maga brings these practical techniques to the ground, with instinctive movements and realistic scenarios. In addition to the regular rigor of Krav Maga lessons, the Self-defense course with 5 classes All Women Empowered (AWE!)âOffering detailed instruction / coaching designed by owner and instructor, John Brockhoff, who has over 20 years of experience teaching Krav Maga. âWhen I started out, the average student was the one who wanted to learn Krav Maga skills out of interest and the majority of the students were male,â he shares. “Over time, I had more and more female college students who wanted to learn Krav Maga for self-defense purposes, women who feared for their safety despite their athletic skills, and in some cases training in Martial Arts.” Brockhoff has worked with experts in the field, including a variety of community and professional agencies dealing with domestic violence and women’s groups, as well as his wife Jodi Choate O’Meara, an educator, who knows how. design courses. With the help and contribution of some key people, they developed AWE! for women to develop effective skills, a defensive and fearless mindset and the physical capacity necessary to “Get back in shape. Go home safe and sound.”
Vigilance, frankness, and conviction are moving elements that Brockhoff focuses on in his classes so that his students can take a target and claim their instinct for self-preservation if they find themselves in an “Oh, sh * t” situation. With over 1,000 graduates since its inception, the Self-Defense Course for All Women continues to run for five months each year and still sells out with a maximum of 16 students at a time. The final class includes a final staging test of three different real-world scenarios (walking the streets alone, keeping your back turned, sleeping in bed at night, etc.). Students have the opportunity to apply their skills in live attack simulations to fight and defeat one of seven male animators who pose as real-world âbad guysâ. âWe record all the assault simulations on video and, in the follow-up session, we examine each one and break them down in slow motion to analyze the responses,â Brockhoff explains. âWomen are able to learn their strengths and where they can improve. Videos can be graphic and difficult to watch, but are used as a powerful learning tool and a confirmation of the great strength and success of women.
Women graduate with greater personal awareness of danger and physical tactics to protect themselves. Whether it’s trying to get back to their hotel through an unfamiliar hallway in a foreign country, being the last to leave the office, taking out the trash at night, or unloading a cart full of groceries in a parking lot. empty, graduates can to deal with potential threats, recognize the minds of criminals before physical assaults, and develop inner and outer confidence to defend / break free. And even with over 1,000 women trained and certified in AWE !, the course continues to evolve.
âEach time we implement the course, we make improvements to better meet the needs of women and the concerns of the day,â explains Brockhoff. âStatistics show us how frequently women are the target of violent attacks. Women on college campuses experience a high rate of attacks – not a new trend. But what changes is that women are encouraged to speak up and stand up. In the past, a female victim may feel embarrassed or ashamed, she may have been encouraged to keep quiet or even feel like it is her fault. Through education and support from our communities and society, women become empowered and supported to defend themselves so that they and others are no longer victims.Krav Maga Manatee, 4725 Lena Rd. # 107, Bradenton, 941-545-8222, [email protected], @KravMagaManatee