Jeff F.
April 8, 2021

Women's Self Defense Classes

Have you ever worried about being attacked? Are you considering learning how to defend yourself from an attacker? Are you looking for a women’s only self-defense class? Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora offers the best self-defense system designed for women of all ages.
a women using an armbar to stop an attacker

Women’s Self Defense Classes Near Me

Located at 601 Salida Way, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora is the Denver Metropolitan area’s leading source for female self-defense classes.

Why should every woman learn self-defense?

Because we live in an unpredictable world, and the sexual assault numbers are alarming. The National Violence Against Women Survey found that rape is a crime committed primarily against youth. Of the women who reported being raped sometime in their lives, 21.6% were younger than age 12, 32.4% were ages 12 to 17, 29% were ages 18 to 24, and 16.6% were over 25 years old. Thus, 54% of women victims were under age 18 at the time of their first rape and 83% were under the age of 25. Also, among developmentally disabled adult females, as many as 83% are victims of sexual assault. Finally, even Women who are in an intimate relationship with their significant other have experienced some sexual violence by their partner in their lifetime. So every lady 13+ would benefit from learning self-defense!

womens self defense from a standing position
Coach Tanya demonstrates how creating a frame will help manage distance.

Why is Women Empowered a better self-defense program for women compared to Krav Maga, Muay Thai or any other martial arts class?

Again, because the principles and techniques taught are targeted for very specific situations / scenarios. The techniques taught could either help a woman prevent a sexual assault from taking place and/or to defend themselves if need be.

BJJ Women's Self Defense

The Gracie Jiu Jitsu system is an incredibly effective self defense system. The Women Empowered program considers the most common scenarios and methods in which women are most frequently attacked and uses Gracie Jiu Jitsu techniques and principals to effectively thwart an attacker.

What can a prospective student expect to learn after one month, three months, six months?

If training consistently, by the end of month 1 a student can expect to have a good overview of what the program will entail. By the end of month 3, their reflexes will begin to develop, but they will still need more practice in order to create / develop stronger reflexes. If a student has been consistently training, by the end of month 6 the student should have strong reflexes to ALL of the techniques taught. However, training a minimum of 8 months has shown to be the most effective time-frame in creating a solid muscle memory for the WE techniques.

What makes Women Empowered effective?

That it covers ALL aspects to creating a self-defense mindset. The WE program teaches, first, how to prevent an attack in the first place, but then follows up with the physical techniques just in case a woman ever needed to potentially save their lives in an attack.

Two teenage girls training self defense
Two teenage girls training self defense at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Aurora

Will there be sparring in Women Empowered?

No sparring since the WE Program is solely for self-defense purposes. However, there are reflex development classes held periodically to test (and practice) a student’s reflexes to certain bad guy indicators.

Do you recommend transitioning to Combatives?

Yes, in fact the Women Empowered program is the gateway to other Jiu-Jitsu programs for women. After learning the Women Empowered Program many ladies feel empowered (and more confident). This opens the door to more Jiu-Jitsu, and therefore many ladies want to continue their self-defense journey. Gracie Combatives is the next step for many ladies.

Should I send my 6-12 year old daughters to Bullyproof or is it best to wait until they’re 13 and eligible for WE?

Girls who start training Bully Proof now will have better success in any adult program since they’ve already been exposed to the foundations of Jiu Jitsu. Creating these strong foundations early on will ensure their success in completing other adult programs, including the Women Empowered program.

using a frame to create space in a standing self defense situation
Coach Tanya shows her Women Empowered students how to use a frame in a self defense situation

Is Women Empowered Safe?

Women Empowered is a safe, effective way to learn self defense. WE will provide you with the ability to defend yourself against the most common attack scenarios and strategies on how to prevent an attack in the first place. Sign up for a free 7-day trial of Women Empowered feel the benefits for yourself.

In this video Eve and Rener Gracie demonstrate the effectiveness of using Gracie Jiu Jitsu and the Women Empowered program for women's self defense

How to Get Started with Women Empowered?

If you live in the Denver or Aurora area then you can always sign up for a free 7-day trail of Women Empowered. If you are looking for self defense and want to go the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu route but you don't live in the Denver area, no worries. You can use this map to locate a Gracie Certified Training Center near you.

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