***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
You may not know this about me since I don't really talk about it much, but I am a survivor of Domestic Violence to the umpteenth degree. My ex-husband was quite abusive towards me, in pretty much every sense of the word. I spent nearly a decade with this monster-of-a-man, and during that time, he literally made me feel worthless, helpless, and unable to care for myself. It was horrible, and I lived every single day in fear.
Sadly, even though I have been remarried for almost 6 years to a man who treats me with the utmost love and respect, there are still lingering effects from years of being abused. I have very, very low self-esteem, I am not as trusting as I would like to be, and I have an incredibly difficult time meeting new people and making real friends. You see, when a woman spends so many years being treated like she's nothing special, she often begins to believe it, and it changes her very spirit.
The reason I don't talk about this much is because well...I am ashamed. Ashamed that I wasted so many years of my life with a tyrant...Ashamed that I allowed him to abuse me...Ashamed that my oldest child has horrifying memories of his "father" (and I use that term very loosely as being a Daddy is about more than blood and my son HAS a REAL Dad in his stepfather) being mean to his mother....But most of all, I am ashamed that not only did it take me years to break free, I also never fought back. I did not defend myself, even when I was being physically assaulted. I was too darn scared.
So when I got the opportunity to check out “Don’t Mess With M.A.M.A. - The Foundation,” I jumped at the chance. While I may not be in an abusive relationship anymore, I know that violence can happen at any time. As a mother, this terrifies me. I can't even fathom the thought of not fighting back...I have far too much to fight for. I want to be able to physically protect myself, my home, and most of all, my kids.
This 35-minute, step-by-step self-defense program is the first of its kind, providing realistic, effective, and easy to execute strategies for mothers or child caregivers on how to protect themselves and their children.
An acronym for “Mothers Against Malicious Acts,” Don’t Mess With M.A.M.A. – The Foundation DVD was created for all ages, levels of experience, and physical abilities. Based on the Israeli system of self-defense, KravMaga, the curriculum focuses on strikes to vulnerable areas, defensive moves utilizing instinctive responses, and no-nonsense aggression. Designed to work even in the face of dramatic disadvantages in size, weight and strength, the program is concise and to the point, teaching mothers life saving self-defense skills quickly and efficiently.
Don’t Mess With M.A.M.A. – The Foundation DVD dials in on three key areas specific to mothers and caregivers, teaching ways to prepare and protect oneself, as well aschildren in their care, against the threat of violence and cruelty:
1) Protect yourself and your kids through risk reduction strategies, awareness training, mental preparation, and physical techniques.
(2) Educate your children wisely by learning what to teach them about personal safety when they are with you and when they are on their own.
(3) Learn how to effectively transfer that knowledge to your kids through age-appropriate conversations,exercises, and games in a safe and encouraging manner.
Jarrett explains: "It's an interesting and problematic dichotomy; remain closely focused on your child to be supportive and attentive, while maintaining vigilance and an expanded focus to increase environmental awareness in order to assess and reduce risk. How do you achieve the status of nurturer and protector at the same time when you're out in the world with your child? With a little education, a little training, and a strategic game plan, the problem becomes simplified."
Check out this awesome trailer to get an idea of how this program can literally help save lives:
I have been using this program daily, and find that it's pretty easy. Perhaps martial arts training as a kid helps, but I really don't think it's necessary to have prior training. Any woman can learn how to become a force to be reckoned with, particularly when there are children to protect. In fact, many of the simulated situations involve a mother defending herself with her kids right there. It teaches practical ways to fight off an attacker, all while keeping your cool. This is SO important, since panicking can increase vulnerability for both mom and her little ones.
So if you're a Mom, or are in a caregiver position, this is definitely a must-see. Everyone knows you don't mess with Mama Bear when the cubs are around. This DVD can teach you all of the skills necessary to take control of dangerous situations. It's very empowering, and I am so glad I discovered this program. Mark my words: No man will EVER have power over me again, and my kids will be better protected since their innocent seeming Mama is now ready to protect.
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ABOUT JARRETT ARTHUR
Jarrett Arthur is the founder and chief instructor of Jarrett Arthur Customized Self-Defense. When she stumbled upon KravMaga (Israeli Self-Defense) it was a life changing experience. Despite being a nationally-ranked athlete growing up, insecurities and self-doubt fostered a childhood laden with anxiety, depression, and bullies. Jarrett carried that mindset into young adulthood...until she began training in self-defense. With each new skill she acquired, she achieved greater confidence and an overwhelming sense of empowerment. It was this transformation in herself that led to Jarrett's passion helping others transform through self-defense training as well.
One of the highest ranking female KravMaga black belts in the U.S., Jarrett comes armed with years of teaching experience. She has taught hundreds of men, women, and children over the course of her 10 year teaching career, and has been featured on Ellen, Access Hollywood, Fitness Magazine, New York Times and more.
To learn more about Jarrett Arthur, please visit www.jarrettarthur.com
You can purchase this DVD at www.MAMASelfDefense.com for $17.95
2/10/2014 10:21:43 pm
My mom came from an abusive childhood and as a result wanted to help others. It's how she came to work at a shelter for women and children of abusive relationships. She didn't talk often about her experience out of respect to the women she helped, but we knew enough to know that many of these women didn't bounce back from their experiences.
2/10/2014 10:44:27 pm
Wow, this is an awesome program for any woman. I really need to take a self defense class but hate dealing with lots of people. I will have to look into this :D
2/10/2014 11:20:49 pm
That is really awesome. I know a mother's instinct kicks in when you feel like you child is in danger but it would be great to be more prepared and confident.
2/11/2014 12:42:51 am
Great way to be prepared!
2/11/2014 01:16:47 am
I can honestly relate to this. I've been through abusive relationships and it will mark a person for life. The effects that it has isn't as easy to cure or deal with.
2/11/2014 01:39:42 am
That is awesome. I took a self defense class in high school, and one in college. I think every woman should do this!
2/11/2014 09:13:55 am
I am looking for a program offering like this locally. I think it's very important to build women's confidence, in knowing how to deal with any potentially threatening situation.
2/12/2014 01:42:26 am
Brandy - Thank you so much for having the courage to share your story. I'm thrilled that you found my DVD empowering. Thank you for encouraging woman, survivors of domestic violence and non-surivors alike, to get some training and get educated about personal safety and self-defense.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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