Hey ya’ll. After co-hosting a super fun Stilettos & Self Defense class with celeb trainer Jennifer Cassetta (@JennCassetta) we could not be more thrilled to giveaway one of her ass kicking DVD’s to one lucky Fit Approach reader.
If you’re reading this and thinking, why would I need to learn self defense? Nothing will ever happen to me. I encourage you to THINK AGAIN. I used to think that. And then one night, the night after Christmas in 2005 to be exact, I had just returned home to our lovely city (San Francisco) and was practically whistling with happiness for the parking spot I had just scored right out in front of my apartment. It was late and I had a lot to unload but man, I was parked close. I was so excited. I decided I didn’t feel like tackling the stairs multiple times and that the best course of action would be to consolidate all my bags into a few bags that I could easily carry. I was totally oblivious to what an easy target I became as I was hunched over my backseat organizing bags….until….
I felt my attackers breath on my neck. He was right behind me and holding something. I still don’t know what. He asked me to hand over everything. I froze. Clutched my bags to my chest. And screamed. And screamed. And never stopped screaming. The next thing I knew he had me on the ground and was dragging me. I saw lights in my neighbor’s windows flicker on. I was screaming louder than I even knew I could. I was screaming HELP ME. Where was everyone? Ooomph. He kicked me in the ribs. And then there was another – his accomplice – and his hand was over my mouth. I was paralyzed. What was happening to me?!?! I writhed and struggled to free myself and eventually bit his hand. Bit his hand hard. Like an animal. I was biting for blood. When he released his hand, he yelped and another kick to the ribs. Ooomph. Next thing I knew I had blacked out and a nice young man was helping me off the ground. He was on the phone with the police. But it was too late. The attackers had taken off with a lot of my things and my confidence. Here I was…this strong, confident woman and someone had just taken from me. Scared me. Threatened my life and well-being. And all I could do was freeze and scream. Before the police arrived, another older man arrived on the scene. He was walking his dogs and said he could HEAR my screams from THREE blocks away. Where were my neighbors? The two men tried to console me but I just kept shaking. I couldn’t even speak. I never even got to thank them. I never even knew their names.
By the time the police got there, I could barely tell them what happened. I was still so in shock, I almost couldn’t believe anything had happened. They took my report and offered an ambulance. I shook my head and they helped me with my things up the stairs to my apartment.
Once upstairs, I locked every door, window and deadbolt. I was still shaking. I went into my room but couldn’t bear to be alone. I could hear my roommate’s heavy breathing (snoring) in the next room so I knew he was home. We were barely friends but I figured he would understand. In my half crazed state, I crawled into bed next to him. He woke up and to my horror and total embarrassment realized he was stark naked. I apologized and ran out. A few moments later, he staggered out still half drunk into the living room where I sat paralyzed. I was still shaking and crying. He took one look at me and invited me to come back to his room. He said he was a little intoxicated from a night out at the bar but could see the road rash on my face and the fear in my eyes. I slept by his side that night. Awkward but totally necessary. I didn’t and couldn’t leave my apartment after dark for about two months following my attack. Thankfully, I moved out shortly after.
You think an attack will never happen to you until it does. You think you know what to do. Until it actually happens. I thought I would know what to do and I just stood there. Frozen. Screaming. I could have RUN. I can run. I could’ve gone into my apartment. But I stood there and let them beat me up, drag me to the ground, and put me in a very comprising and dangerous situation.
So yes. Attacks happen. And my story is proof that they do. They happen to people everyday. People like you. People like me.
So please do yourself a favor and learn the tips and tricks you need to defend yourself from the lovely celeb trainer and SweatPink Ambassador Jennifer Cassetta.
With her Stilettos and Self Defense DVD, you will learn:
- The ABC’s of prevention
- 3 main targets to strike
- How to keep your balance (basing out)
- How to use your body as a weapon
Don’t wait for it to happen. Take action now.
We’re really stoked to offer one lucky reader the chance to win one of Jennifer’s amazing Stilettos and Self Defense DVDS. To enter the giveaway, you must do the following:
- Comment on this post and tell us why you should win
- Tweet: @FitApproach is giving away Stilettos and Self Defense via @JennCasseta. Enter to win http://www.fitapproach.wpengine.com/2012/07/giveaway-stilettos-self-defense #SweatPink and comment here letting us know you did
- Follow @JennCassetta on Twitter and comment here letting us know you did
For bonus entries:
- Post to our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/FitApproach) letting us know why you’d like to win this DVD and comment here letting us know you did
- Comment on Jennifer Cassetta’s YouTube video and comment here letting us know that you did