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5 Tips for Staying Safe While Adventuring

5 Tips for Staying Safe While Adventuring

Phoenix member, Eileen, putting her whole body into her attacker to push him back.

Phoenix member, Eileen, putting her whole body into her attacker to push him back.

Last weekend the Phoenix outpost went to a self defense class at Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts & Healing Studio. As our instructor, Tiffany, read to us what sex offenders in prison said about what they look for in their victims, I could feel the anxiety rising up in me. The things we all do that we don’t think about doing. The wearing a ponytail while running, being “moveable”, wearing earbuds, and being distracted. How many times have we put ourselves in dangerous situations just by doing normal things?

Since starting Women on Adventures I’ve been on a personal mission to make sure our members are able to take care of themselves while they are out adventuring. Unfortunately, we are vulnerable, but we don’t have to be an easy target.

Self defense isn’t always about being strong, it is about being ready.

  1. Take a self-defense class. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, but it could save your life. If you can’t find one, organize one. “We are going to teach you something we hope you never have to use” - Tiffany Richards

  2. Stay aware at all times. Pay attention while you’re walking to your car, out on a run or walk, or when you travel. Pay attention to what, and who, is around you! Pay attention to where you are in that space.

  3. Look people in the eye. Don’t be afraid to make eye contact. Speak up. Say hello. Let people know you see them and can identify them later.

  4. Distract. When Tiffany asked if we should defend or distract we all fell silent. Defend is what we wanted to say but distract was the right answer. The point is to get away, not win a fight. We won’t win with strength but we can win with distance. Run.

  5. Buddy up. There is strength in numbers. Find a friend and go on that hike. Make sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. I love a good solo journey but it’s nice to have a friend and let my guard down a little.

The goal is to keep yourself safe and out of danger. You might be surprised at how confident you feel with just a few simple steps in the safe direction.

If you live in Phoenix and would like to take a self defense class, reach out to Tiffany at Peaceful Warrior or Join WOA! Several of our outposts are working on getting together a self defense class.

Stay safe.

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