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Why you MUST take a Women's Self Defense Class

Jun 13, 2019 05:07PM ● By Tessa Marie
“One of the things I love most about teaching Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu is watching my students transform right before my eyes. It’s remarkable to watch a shy woman who has never played sports, never stood up for herself, walk out of my studio after her first lesson holding her head higher, standing taller, feeling stronger. Or, when a child with autism or ADHD learns to stay focused on a task and demonstrate self-discipline. When my students gain confidence, learn self-defense techniques, or earn their black belts…these are things that no one can ever take away from them and that makes me proud.” - Kelley Perotti, Founder of Conviction Martial Arts & Fitness

Check your blind spots, watch your back, stay alert, keep a safe distance from others. These are some of the safety rules you follow when driving a vehicle but do you follow these same rules when you are walking to your car?

Most of us believe that we are prepared to protect ourselves should someone choose us as a target. But after attending a women’s self-defense workshop at Conviction Martial Arts & Fitness, I realized how grossly under-prepared most women are, including myself.

The workshop was led by Kelley Perotti, Founder and Head Instructor at CMA, and Joey Walker, a retired Law Enforcement Officer and owner of Leading Edge Threat Mitigation, in partnership with Chantal Coalition, a non-profit group focusing on women’s health issues. The 3-hour workshop was free, and truly priceless.

Joey, a 9th degree Black Belt in Martial Arts, shared incredible insight gained through decades of serving in law enforcement. He clearly demonstrated the reality of the threats women face on a daily basis and what we must do to reduce our chances of being attacked. After this discourse, we rehearsed scenarios such as being aware when putting groceries in your car and what to do when faced with a weapon. Kelley and Joey taught us very specific self-defense techniques and patiently worked with us until everyone had mastered each move.

When all was said and done, each and every participant made great strides in their ability to protect themselves. We gained vast amounts of confidence in a short period of time, and an inner peace that comes with empowerment. I now urge all my friends and family members to take a self-defense course, and I am inspired to learn more. It truly is a matter of life and death.

For more information on the next available Women's Self-Defense course, visit or call (775) 828-2515.

To learn more about CMA owner and Head Instructor Kelly Perotti, read our BlissLife spotlight article: