This is my second year attending the ladies seminar. In the 10 weeks, Rob teaches us techniques and about body mechanics to help us push through the initial reaction of panic and fight through the exhaustion and discomfort so you can find a way to get home safely. When I started two years ago, I wouldn't have guessed that I would be most grateful for the exposure to stimulus like grabs, hair pulling or being pinned to the ground so that if it ever were to happen outside of training, it is not the first time I've felt it. The instructors do such an amazing job putting the pressure on to simulate these situations for us and put their bodies on the line week after week to allow us to learn in an environment that is safe, yet challenging.
Looking back and comparing my experience this year with last, I was surprised in how much training has changed the way I feel and react to being in some very uncomfortable situations. I've noticed a change in the threshold of what triggers panic, fear or anxiety in me and I've found I'm quicker to push past this and find a solution. It has proved to me that through repetition and time, you can train your body and mind to react differently.
Every week I am inspired by all the amazing ladies in Arakan Martial Art and I can't wait for next year!