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Note from Instructor:

October – Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For those of you who understand why we have the month of October to call awareness to Domestic Violence in our communities, I want to thank you, or at least those of you who have had the courage to share your truth (your stories) with me over the past couple of years… You have changed my life forever, and for the better, in ways that I will probably never fully understand.

When I started teaching this class in Boise at the Downtown YMCA, my mission was to empower women, as if all any one of you needed to become empowered, was to learn how to fight back. What I soon realized is that I could only address part of the part of the challenge (empowerment is not only made up of fighting skills, or even situational awareness, or self confidence fo that matter. Soon, my outlook began to change over time as I listened to you tell your stories, and saw the change in the way you held yourself walking away after class.

When I began teaching (100% of my students had in some way been touched by sexual violence) at Faces of Hope Victim/Survivor Center, there was no turning back. Almost everything I do these days is guided by a principle… Does it in some way serve a population that is vulnerable to domestic violence or sexual assault? And if so, how can I help to make each situation easier for the survivors involved, whether children or adult?

You may have called last week , or last month… You might have written my an email through the contact page, and felt, as I would, that the classes we no longer being offered, or that the instructor is not very reliable about getting back to prospective students. Probably all of those things might seem true.



As reported on the Bureau of Criminal Statistics website evaluating all sexual assault and rape cases reported during the year.  On average, 75% of cases where the victim was able to fight back effectively, the attacker gave up and fled the scene prior to completing the rape.



Streetwise Women’s Self Defense is a self defense (from sexual assault or attempted abduction) program focuses on understanding the principles behind the self defense techniques so that even if the victim were to forget exactly how to execute a defensive technique, she might still do something. This program teaches why each technique works, and the laws of gravity, leverage, and physiology that might allow a victim to escape or even subdue a larger and stronger opponent. This understanding builds confidence, and confidence spills over into other areas of your lives, making you a stronger person and less likely to be mistaken for a victim.



Instructor Jay Beecham spent more than 6 years in the military as an intelligence officer in an Army Special Forces Unit, Utah National Guard, and with the 116th Combat Brigade, Idaho National Guard. He has spent several years training in various martial arts, and continues refine this class responding to “What-Ifs?”, and figuring out safer and more reliable ways to gain the advantage in case of an attack. Jay has lived/worked in NYC, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, & Portland. He has also had the opportunity to travel the world, spending time in Central & South America, Europe, North Africa, and the Far East.



“Jay, thank you so much for making time for our class, and for offering such a fantastic curriculum. Both my young adult daughters said they were really pleased with everything they learned, and so was I. My younger one, at 19, is a tough audience to impress (so many things are a “waste of their time”), and I heard nothing but good things from her. And you did an artful job with my older daughter, who was anxious about participating. She was able to feel comfortable and take it all in. I will now worry less about them being out in the world, knowing what they’ve learned from you!”
KATHE - Mother & Student
“Since my twelve-year old daughter joined this self-defense class, there is a distinctive change in the way she views herself as a female. What she has learned in this class is an awareness about her physical and inner strength. Her self-confidence and sense of self-worth have increased. She feels empowered. She gets excited about spending a Saturday learning ways to defend herself and further understand why there are reasons that she might have to defend herself one day. She has fun even in the context of tough topics. She continues to participate, grow, and thrive as she expresses herself in brave and bold ways. As her mom, I hope she never has to defend herself; however, if she does have to defend herself, she can. Jay has a way of making the girls feel comfortable as he helps them to help themselves in challenging scenarios, This is time and money well spent – invaluable.”
CAMI - Mother