Special evenings of entertainment that exist for one night only.
Curated by Michaela Petro, an instructor certified in rape prevention and self-defense, with certified personal trainer Nikki Veit, and licensed clinical professional counselor Sarah Farris, to offer a 3-tiered approach to self-defense focused on recognition of predators & escaping dangerous situations.
A New Way, Led by Womxn: The basic self-defense training womxn receive is often inadequate and outdated. FW, BW is looking to change what, and how, we teach each other to ensure no measure of confidence is overlooked or untapped. It is our responsibility to arm ourselves with information, physical preparation and self-defense strategies to protect our basic human right to live. We recognize that too many womxn experience threats to their safety at some point in their lives, and predatory attacks transcend age, gender, race & culture.
Incorporating Strength-Training: Learning the fundamentals of self-defense is important, and being physically able to complete the movements is paramount. Strength-training not only improves your body’s ability to move about in the world, it improves one’s mind-body connection which directly sharpens one’s awareness and intuition throughout the day. Stronger bodies mean faster reflexes, and when time is of the essence you want your muscles to respond efficiently.
Practicing Assertiveness Skills & Setting Boundaries: Early in the class, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor introduces effective communication styles and the importance of assertiveness techniques. Acknowledging womxn face threats from intimate partners and acquaintances, this discussion emphasizes: boundary setting, self-respect and the monitoring of relationship dynamics.
Providing Support: We acknowledge and welcome the potential presence of survivors in the room and recognize that aspects of the workshop may be challenging and sensitive by nature. Support is provided throughout the workshop to anyone, as needed, by a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
This course requires no martial arts training, nor extreme physical aptitudes. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged.
Sarah Farris (she/her/hers) works as a therapist and part-time nutrition counselor. She curates healthy lifestyle practices for her clients. She has also expanded a new business "Chicago Mind & Body"
Nikki Veit (she/her/hers) is a personal trainer at LSAC, as well as Cheetah Gym in Andersonville. Her focus on physical & mental strength instills in students a sense of personal control & assertiveness. Her PT specialties include: Kettlebell training, powerlifting, program design, nutrition tracking and mind-body connection. She runs a weightlifting program called #girlswholift for women new to lifting, helping women get stronger in lifting and in life!
Michaela Petro (she/her/hers) is an actor and certified trainer of self-defense & rape prevention with the American Women's Self-Defense Association (AWSDA). As an ensemble member of Strawdog Theatre Company, one of her core beliefs is serving her community and does so by sharing empowerment skills.