At IDF Training, we don’t believe in empowering women; we believe that you already have this power, and we want to show you how to harness this and give you the knowledge to defend yourself.

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Fight Like A Girl is a programme of seminars that run monthly, allowing you to attend female-only sessions with like-minded women. This allows you to challenge yourself and push your own boundaries at a pace that works for you.

Each session will have a different core theme but in each, as for all students of krav maga, you will learn how to run, avoid, and de-escalate situations in the first instance. When these aren’t options, you will learn to fight back, and if necessary, disable your attacker.

Fight Like a Girl - Defend Yourself Against Sexual Assault Group

That sounds cool but … what exactly IS krav maga?

Krav maga means “contact combat” in Hebrew, and became widespread as a method of self-defence when it was taught to combat soldiers in the Israeli Defence Forces. It was designed to be taught to both men and women from different backgrounds, with different body types and with different skill-sets to learn over a short period of time to engage in combat, and has since been adapted for civilians for self-defence.

Krav maga focuses on effective moves that are best suited to the individual and the scenario, that aren’t complicated, and that effectively allow the person being attacked to defend themselves, fight back if required, disengage, and escape.

So, why women, and why me?

Angelina Jolie, Gal Gadot, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Chastain have all studied krav maga because it works particularly well for women – it’s designed to be as effective as possible for people who aren’t necessarily going to be packing 100kg of muscle on a 6ft frame. Fighting like a girl means knowing how to fight smart, and knowing a range of techniques against the most common types of attacks which women are likely to face.

You won’t be alone: our current membership includes a number of women with different backgrounds, including mothers; those with 20 years of martial arts experience; and women who come with siblings, friends, or even their parents. However, the majority of our members had never practiced a martial art or intense fitness class before they started krav maga.

The reality is, as much as we deserve a safer world, both the streets and our homes can be, at times, dangerous and violent places, and the best thing we can do is harness our own power by equipping ourselves with the knowledge, skills, and practice to defend ourselves if we ever need to.

If you’re nervous about coming alone, you will be pairing up for techniques, so you can invite a friend, sister, mum or aunt to book in with you.

Previous sessions:

#1 – November 18, 2018: Using a Bag to Defend Yourself
#2 – December 9, 2018: Defending & Escaping Control
#3 – January 20, 2019: Escaping From Full-Body Control
#4 – February 24, 2019: How to Defend Yourself From Sexual Assault 
#5 – March 31, 2019 – Situational Awareness & Effective Strikes
#6 – [rescheduled] – Escaping from Common Weapon Threats