Women’s Safety Program


Martin Academy is going to start a Women’s Program on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6pm. This class will be filled with physical workouts, as well thought provoking topics and mental aspect of personal safety. Many women take a 4, 6 or 8 week course and feel they are ready to take action, when in reality the mind and especially the physical aspect of things are still not in the muscle memory. It takes practice, just like any thing else you’ve decided to start and the repetitive action to make it happen without thought.
In a short course most just realize the stage of competency they are at. Although I learned the 4 stages of learning many years ago, I was never told where it came from. So before inserting it into this blog I checked it out. Wikipedia had the definition with a little added extra

Initially described as “Four Stages for Learning Any New Skill”, the theory was developed at the Gordon Training International by its employee Noel Burch in the 1970s. It has since been frequently attributed to Abraham Maslow, as well.
The four stages of being a competent  practitioner at anything are:

1. Unconscious incompetence – The individual is often unaware he/she does not understand or know how to do something, because no situations have arisen to demand the skill and alert the individual to the deficit. He or she often knows there is a skill lacking but denies the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize his/her own incompetence and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn. The individual must experience an increase in motivation to add new skills to her/his repertoire.

2. Conscious incompetence – The individual becomes aware he/she does not understand or know how to do something. She or he also begins to recognize the deficit is significant and it would be valuable to learn new skills in order to address the deficit and gain competence. The making of mistakes can be frequent and may be central to the learning process at this stage, as the learner refines the skills through practice.

3. Conscious competence – The individual understands or knows how to do something. He/she can demonstrate the skill or knowledge but it requires concentration and effort. It may need to be broken down into steps or detailed processes. There is often heavy conscious involvement involved executing the new skill. The frequency of mistakes begins to decline.

4. Unconscious competence – The individual has had so much refining practice with a skill that he or she does not really need to think about what to do. It has become “second nature” and can be performed with very low frequency of errors. Because the skill is not occupying much of the individual’s conscious thoughts, it can often be performed while executing another task. The individual has become so comfortable with the skill she/he will often be able to teach it to others.


Where we all want to get in what we are involved in whether it’s a hobby, exercise or a job is Unconsciously Competent. A place where we don’t have to think about it and we are fairly proficient. My Sifu, Dan Inosanto, has said many times that we need to be a white belt at something at all times. It keeps us humble and keeps us on the educational / learning path. I’m a white belt at many things and enjoy the process most of the time. But through the frustration of learning something new we grow.
I started martial arts many years ago because I wanted to learn something as well as get exercise. Little did I know where it would have me many years later. But whether a woman does this class for 6 months or a year or more they will gain many things from it besides the physical. The physical and mental side will challenge you but in different ways.
Some of the things women can expect to gain are:
increased physical conditioning,
learning to think quickly,
learning to respond quickly,
discovering things about yourself you didn’t realize physically and mentally,
an attitude change,
taking responsibility for your own safety
having a plan – just like a fire drill. No plan leads to negative results.
Martial arts training will give you attributes that will overflow into the rest of your life.

This class will also cover other lines of self protection such as mace, tazers, firearms or any other object used for defense. For those who want a concealed carry license or learn to handle a firearm we can help with that line of defense by sending you in that specific direction. Having a firearm or anything else does you no good if you are unable to access it under stress and use it with proficiency and that takes PRACTICE.


We’ve had a lot of requests for this class so I’m putting this out there and see who puts action where there mouth is. The Tuesday class will consist of striking methods, combinations, understanding what it feels like to hit something correctly as well has the hands on defense. Thursday will be dealing with what to do if someone gets you on the ground, which they probably will. If you’re interested in a work out, gaining knowledge about safety and having fun this class will be for you. We’ve had many requests for this type of class and I never started one because most women will not follow through, it’s always someday………………………..
That someday may be to late.

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