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May 12, 2017

Free Women's Self Defense Seminar: September 9th

In recognition of sexual assault awareness month, we wanted to address the damaging impact of "victim blaming" and the misconceptions regarding women's self-defense. Many people wrongly believe that a survivor of sexual assault may be to blame based on what they were wearing, drinking or doing prior to the assault. It's not true, and the insinuation is much more damaging than many realize. It's never the victim's fault. It is a man's responsibility to respect women and their boundaries. But until this day comes, we encourage women to learn self defense; not because it's their responsibility, but because it's their reality.

To help expose women to the benefits of learning self-defense, we are hosting a free Women Empowered seminar at the Gracie Academy in Torrance and at select Certified Training Centers around the world (on July 15th)! Although the seminar is free and is specifically designed for first-time students with no experience, you must pre-register to save your spot since they almost always reach max capacity.

Torrance, CA (Taught by the Gracie Family)
Date: Saturday, September 9, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 3515 Artesia Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
Attire: Casual workout attire.
To register call (310) 353-4100 or send an email to

Listed below are the specific cities where the free seminars will be taking place on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Contact your local CTC directly to save your spot for the free seminar!

Granada Hills, CA
Palm Desert, CA
Huntington Beach, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Destin, FL
Wahiawa, HI
Manhattan, KS
Louisville, KY
Keego Harbor, MI
Lexington, SC
Leesburg, VA
Williamsburg, VA
Appleton, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Gibsons, Canada

Click here to learn about registering at one of the cities above.