Female Awareness Self Defense with Gabrielle Rubin

Gabrielle Rubin was so informative for me and my team. She taught us key tips that we need to know to keep safe wherever we are.

Female Awareness Self Defense with Gabrielle Rubin

From Gabrielle Rubin:
I founded Female Awareness Self Defense to help empower women of all ages. Believing that attacks begin before it becomes physical, we aim to provide women with the self-confidence, knowledge and skills that will hopefully prevent them from ever being the subject of an attack. Our class teaches how to minimize the chance of being targeted and how to respond effectively through mental strategy, prevention tactics, and easy-to-remember defensive moves. Although we're dealing with a very serious topic we manage to keep the class light and fun, using humor and personal stories to make the lessons relatable.

As a successful businesswoman and mother, Bethenny wanted to make sure she and her team would be prepared for anything, which is a great reason to take a self defense class. Thanks for being such a great role model, Bethenny! Take a tip from Bethenny and don't wait until something bad happens to empower yourself with a self-defense class.

Bethenny and team, Dwayne included, made for a really great class. The way we carry ourselves, the attitude and confidence we project, says everything to a bad guy and Bethenny absolutely knows how to embody the "don't mess with me" mind-set. So walk tall, as confidence is a very big deterrent. As for the physical techniques, everyone got the moves down! Practice makes perfect, so we hope Team Bethenny is practicing with each other at the office.

Here are some simple safety tips that all women should implement:

1. Never walk while speaking on your cell phone or texting. You lose the use of your hands; you can't see or hear a bad guy.

2. Don't walk on the street with headphones. Bad guys love when you can't hear them approaching.

3. Have your keys in your pocket as you approach your door and use your shoulder to open. Don't fish for your keys at your door and never have your back to anyone!

4. Carry some sort of "weapon" on your keychain and in your pocket (not your bag). Whether it is a whistle, flashlight, personal alarm, it is ready to use!

5. If you choose to carry pepper spray practice how to use it. Using this for the first time in the moment of a crisis is not the time to learn.

6. Never stand in the back of the elevator trapping you. Stand near the buttons where you are in control and closer to the doors.

7. Try to consolidate your bags so at least one hand is free. Bad guys look for people who can't fight back.

8. Instead of yelling "Help" or "No!", scream "FIRE!" This not only affects the people around you, but causes people to look out of curiosity.

9. Carry your bag on your less dominant shoulder. It is easier to poke, scratch, pinch, and hit with your dominant hand.

10. When in a taxi alone, call a friend with the car number to ensure you get home safe. Make sure the driver hears you tell "your over-protective friend," your taxi number.

Gabrielle Rubin is the founder and instructor of Female Awareness, Inc., a New York City based self-defense company with the goal of teaching women how to Be Safe, Be Smart and Be Strong. A black belt with more than 20 years of martial arts training, Gabrielle has studied three styles of karate: Goju-ryu, Kenpo and Jujitsu. She teaches college and corporate seminars all over the country in addition to private and open enrollment classes in NYC. Visit www.femaleawareness.com for more information.

Which of these tips have you tried?

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