Women Fight Back: Self Defense

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

Gayle Snell and Donna Grantham are two women you don't want to mess with.

"I've always believed in the right to own firearms and to protect myself but I really didn't know how. I've had a pistol for 25 years, never shot it, didn't know how. I wanted to learn how to protect myself and my family if I needed to, " says Gayle Snell, a participant in Trinity Defense's gun training.

"Years ago, I never even really thought about it but this day and time, it's just so much is going on. We just feel that we need to be able to protect ourselves in case of an emergency, " says Donna Grantham, another participant in Trinity Defense's gun training.

But it's not just firearm training that is keeping women safe...

Some say, they are using themselves as a defense.

"If somebody was to have a hair grab, I like to trap their hand, I like to knee them, elbow them, " says Mary Beth Baxley, an instructor at Wolfpack Karate and MMA.

"Your whole body is a weapon. You want to take something hard on your body and hit something soft on their body, whether it's your knees, your elbows, you can head butt. You have to be very aggressive. The number one thing is to refuse to be a victim, " says Steve Baxley, owner and lead instructor at Wolfpack Karate and MMA.

Officials say, preparation is key.

"The time to prepare yourself is now, not when the incident happens, " says Jackie Smith, owner and lead instructor at Trinity Defense.

"I was scared I'd shoot myself and now I can pull it out, open it, close it load it, unload it, " says Donna Grantham.

Women say taking control and getting comfortable with whatever self-defense method you choose, can lead to a world of confidence.

"If I go somewhere and I get an uncomfortable feeling, I automatically have confidence in myself because I know that I can protect myself, " says Mary Beth Baxley.

"My husband has been put on notice never to come into the house at night without calling me first and letting me know. There's no sneaking up on me anymore, " says Grantham.

"I might aim for your chest and hit you in the head but I will get you, " says Snell.

Those interested in self protection classes at Wolfpack Karate and MMA can call 334 677 2002.

Those interested in Trinity Defense gun training can call 334 726 3080.

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