In making a case for women’s self-defense awareness, it should be noted that 200,000 people each year are raped/sexually assaulted in the United States. These statistics, according to RAIIN ,(Rape, Abuse, And Incest National Network,) also suggest every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

Jim Curtis, owner and instructor at Umibushi Self-Defense Academy in Des Moines, stresses the importance of self-defense in the classes he teaches and the seminars he holds at various locations in the United States.

Curtis is a former Marine combat veteran, (Vietnam War,) and has over 50 years of experience in martial arts. He holds a 10th degree Grandmaster’s rank in both traditional karate and practical self-defense.

The number one thing Curtis wants women not to do is wait for something to happen.

“Many women come in to learn self-defense after they have been attacked.”


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