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Female Awareness - Self Defense Course

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151 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

(347) 277-8140

Today: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Introduction This course is designed to make you more aware, prepared, and ready for any situation that may occur in your everyday life on any given day. This course differs from other self defense classes in that they start from the point of attack, where as I teach you about the `Illusion of Safety' and all the elements and tools to avoid the attack altogether. Each 2 hour class covers the following: * How to Avoid Being a Target * How to Properly Assess Your Surroundings * How to React to a Confrontation * How to Conduct Yourself in a Crisis * How, When, and Where to Strike if Assaulted * Physical Techniques: Strikes, Defenses, Releasing From Grabs The course is taught two ways: Either set up a course for your group Contact Us page (small groups of 6-12 in NYC /large groups anywhere in the U.S.) or see the Upcoming Classes page for open classes. I designed this course to be taken with a friend. I want you to practice with one another after the course. You should go over techniques and topics in order to stay fresh. Most women, after they take a self defense course, walk away thinking they would be ready and prepared for a situation months after their course; not true. So I want you to be able to practice and test each other constantly... I have studied 3 styles of karate (Goju-ryu, Kenpo, and Jujitsu) in my 21 years with the martial arts. I specialize in in-close fighting, disabling my opponent, and mental strategy.

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On 26th St, Between 6th & 7th Ave
Midtown Manhattan, Chelsea
Self Defense Instruction & Equipment, Health Clubs, Gymnasiums, Martial Arts Instruction


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David H.



First, I have never been to this school myself. Having seen multiple videos put on social media by the instructor I can honestly say her self defense techniques will not work. If you are looking for a program that will make you feel better about the possibility you will escape an attack this place may be for you. As a lifelong martial artist and instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I can tell you for a fact that you cannot learn real hand to hand self defense in a 2 hour class. The situational instruction may be invaluable, but do not make the mistake of thinking you will protect yourself from a grown man using her techniques.



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I feel like I can go fight crime now!

Gabi's class was amazing! Along with EPDigs, we took it together with a group of friends and not only learned about how to be more aware of our surroundings, thereby reducing our risk of being a target, we had so much fun too!! I walked away from that class being less scared about those creepy dark streets of NYC and more empowered and confident in myself. I feel like I can go fight crime!



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I Feel SO Empowered!

I just took Gabi's class with a group of friends, and what an amazing experience. Not only did she teach us very important lessons in staying aware and protecting ourselves, but she was incredibly funny and engaging as well. I am going to spread the word to every woman I know in the city!



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Highly recommended!

Gabi's 2-hour class included a good hour of discussion on how to stay out of trouble, notice trouble-makers and react in an influential way. She pointed out many good details on how to profile people and assess situations. In addition to that, we got to practice for more than an hour! Gabi is a good instructor, she knows her stuff and presents her ideas in an entertaining yet thoughtful way. The class was enjoyable and extremely useful. I will definitely sign up for the follow-up class in order to refine my skills and remind myself how to be confident and strong! Highly recommended!



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Much more than a self defense course. A must for any woman, anywhere.

I couldn't agree more with the other reviews. I'm a college student, who grew up in NYC. But it wasn't until I got to college, in a secluded urban town (in Pennsylvania), that I felt a bit uneasy in my surroundings. Believe it or not, I feel more comfortable walking around New York at night than I do when I'm off campus at school.
The Female Awareness course has given me the confidence I was looking for. The class is easy going and it's fun because Gabi is so open with her students. She teaches with conviction, to make every woman more aware and able to protect themselves. I'm a petite girl, not very intimidating. But Gabi helped me see my mental and physical potential. I felt empowered after the class, and have continued to feel that way. Gabi's tools--her advise about everyday habits and situations, and the physical moves she taught--have stayed with me. I would recommend this class to women of all ages in any location because an attack can happen to anyone, anywhere. Actually, I want Gabi to come to Pennsylvania to teach my sorority sisters the things she taught me!



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Highly Recommended

I absolutely loved the class and think every woman should take it. The class is taught at convienent times and is in a safe, comfortable location. Gabi teaches the class in such a way that makes everyone feel comfortable and open enough to ask questions and ask for help. The things you learn in the class are not only physical techniques, but mental techniques that train you to think in such a way so you don't end up in a dangerous situation to being with. I would honestly recommend the class to anyone looking to learn how to protect themself, whether they live in NYC or in a suburb. It's the best thing you can do for yourself!



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Young, old, big, small, this course is an absolute must for any and every female. Gabi is a great instructor who takes the time to address not only what you can do if you find yourself being attacked, but also ways of prevention. I am originally from a VERY small country town and decided it would be a good idea to take this course after moving to the city. This course made me realize actions I had been taking (like talking on my cell phone while walking at night) that were potentially dangerous (even when I was in my hometown where I felt safe). Which brings to point, this is not a course only for women living in cities, but women living anywhere. With the defensive moves, Gabi will stick with you until you get it right. I truly feel more comfortable and confident about defending myself because of what I have learned in this class.



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Every woman should take this course!!!

I was physically attacked on a Sunday afternoon in front of Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue, by a homeless/mentally ill man. NOT ONE PERSOn on the street helped me. The next day I googled Self defense course in NYC and Female Awareness was the first website that popped up. I filled out the contact page and Gabi called me. I immediately signed up the course. Gabi gives you tips that you wouldn't even think of doing. Gabi has a lot of patience while showing you the physical techniques. If you are not getting the physical techniques right she will work with you until you get them. I recommend that every woman take this course. You will definitely walk away with something!



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Stands out from any other self defense course!

This is the BEST self defense course out there! This is my 3rd self defense course I've taken but the true difference in this particular class is that she doesn?t just teach the physical techniques, she is the only instructor out there that address how NOT to get attacked. All other classes start from the moment of the attack but not hers. She teaches the ?Illusion of safety? and how to conduct yourself in public areas, etc?.it is very beneficial not only for us women living in NYC but for women everywhere! The first part of the class is a ""sit down"" where the instructor teaches you ""the illusion of safety"" and the second part of the class is the actual physical aspect of protecting yourself. The instructor really spends time with each individual and makes sure that you are getting the ""moves"" just right. This class really makes you feel more aware and ready for any situation! I HIGHLY recommend taking this class!

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