Woman giving others the confidence and skills to protect themselves

February 01, 2018 04:12 PM

When there's a widely publicized incident of violence against a woman, you often see the numbers go up in self-defense classes.

However, Paula Waddell says women shouldn't wait until there's an incident. They should always know how to protect themselves and get away if caught in a dangerous situation.

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This black belt, amateur boxer and lover of Jiu-Jitsu who's also hung out with Mixed Martial Artist Ronda Rousey, has been taking people down since she was 19 and in karate school.

She took a detour and started a family, but after a while, she realized she couldn't beat that desire that passion to fight. However, this time her fight is all about helping women help themselves in times of trouble.

Her classes are designed for females of all ages.

"We do Girl Scout troops at the school that they were based out of, real estate companies. It's just easy for us to go there," explained Waddell.

Her business, The Fitness Express Company, travels to groups and companies accompanied by her boyfriend, who often poses as the threat in these contact scenarios. They train women how to strike and get away.

"We find that a lot of women are hesitant to be aggressive because it's not in their specific nature, but you have to be if you want to protect yourself," pointed out Waddell.

More information:

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