Norfolk Karate Academy, near Old Dominion University, will host a fun, free self-defense seminar for women.

The Norfolk Karate Academy, a Gracie Jiu Jitsu-certified martial arts school in Norfolk, will be providing a free women’s self-defense seminar on Saturday, April 20, from 12:30 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

The course will be held in conjunction with the Old Dominion University Women’s Center to battle sexual assault on campus. However, the seminar will be open to all women, not just students. 

Norfolk Karate Academy instructors will teach the defenses for the most common types of attacks that women are likely to encounter in an effort to give them more confidence and to empower them to feel safer in their everyday lives.

And the best part about their teaching methods? They actually work.

The seminar combines elements of both karate and Gracie Jiu Jitsu – martial arts that allow practitioners to use an opponent’s momentum against them. In essence, these arts level the playing field and significantly minimize the advantages that strength and size give a person.

In fact, the methods of these martial arts are so effective that four women in separate instances in the last few years have used them to defeat would-be attackers. These women all left unharmed, but the same could not be said for the men who tried to attack them.

So what will the seminar be like? The Norfolk Karate Academy provides a fun, relaxed environment for their classes.

The lead women’s instructor makes sure that everyone is comfortable and that participants get a few laughs in at the end of the day as she beats up her poor test dummy husband. (Don’t worry; he knew what he was signing up for.)

Their goal is to create a non-intimidating environment, and they accomplish that exceedingly well. No -- martial arts don’t have to be egocentric and crazy, and this school proves that right away.

Martial arts are empowering women to heights never before seen, and the Norfolk Karate Academy is leading the charge. So if you or your loved ones want to learn some valuable self-defense techniques, spread the word!

Participants are guaranteed to leave with easy-to-retain knowledge that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. This class will be held at 12:30 p.m, April 20, at the Norfolk Karate Academy, 814-A W. 45th Street, Norfolk, VA 23508.

To register, simply call (757) 623-8997.

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