A Fighting Chance

Noblesville, IN

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How does your service stand out?

This class is taught by a woman for woman, specifically to learn to defend herself. Being a woman, the instructor is sensitive to the needs of her students and the issues which commonly bring other women to seek out such a class. She understands how intimidating and frightening such a class can seem, yet she is able to take a serious topic and bring levity and fun into the class. Students are able to walk out feeling confident, empowered, and successful. The program not only includes specific techniques based on the nine most common sexual assault scenarios, but also addresses how to prepare mentally and emotionally to resist an attack. Through the instructor's extensive work with criminal offenders, including sex offenders, she is able to give insight into factors that will make her a less likely target for most any offense.
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Location

Noblesville, IN 46062

Years in business

8

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Michael V. Sep 10, 2014
    Self Defense Lessons
    Verified Review
    Marita is a wonderful provider. She was willing to come out to our Church group and volunteered to speak to them about Self-Defense for Senior Adults.
  • Anja H. Apr 14, 2014
    I Loved the class!!! The 4 hours flew away like nothing and I learned sooo much!!! I can recommend the class to everyone!!! You learn so many really easy tricks you wouldn't believe work, but after trying, you are sure they are working!! I loved trying everything on a real attacker a real man, a real human - that took my fear away to fight a real living being and made absolutely a difference. Both, the attacker and Marita were absolutely competent, helpful and patient in answering all our questions and showing in detail how to do things to achieve the maximum effect. Thanks so much to both of them to boost my confidence in protecting myself! I'm definitely planing on doing the phase II as well! Can't wait!
  • Mk R. Jul 9, 2013
    The class helped me so much to feel safer. Marita is a wonderful teacher and has so much experience and knowledge in preventing and surviving an attack. Her instruction is tough enough to help people push through their fears, but also compassionate enough to make you feel comfortable in for some a very uncomfortable situation. The skills I gained just from Phase I were amazing and the confidence I took away from it will be a shining light in my future. Thanks so much Marita!!!!!
    Marita B. Jul 10, 2013

    Thank you so much!

  • Andrea C. Mar 30, 2011
    I liked the physical hands-on portion of the class. The techniques are easy to learn and execute. You leave the class feeling like you could defend yourself if you needed to. Great learning experience in a safe environment.
  • Barb W. Feb 21, 2011
    This was an excellent class. I took it with my two daughters. One daughter lives on in inner city college campus. The other willing be touring Europe this summer with an orchestra. I own businesses, one of which requires me to visit around 80 Indianapolis businesses per month. Many of these businesses are not in good neighborhood and I am usually alone. I feel good about giving all three of us some information and power! Marita was an excellent teacher and always sensitive to the individual needs of each student. I appreciated the respectful attitude of our "bad guy". It is a little weird to get into a rape position but because of the instruction, we just did what we were taught and practiced how to get out. I highly recommend this class. We plan to come back for more training. Website: www.familymusicstudio.net
  • Gh G. Aug 31, 2010
    I have taken the level 1 and level 2 classes with Marita. I have learned numerous techniques to fight off an attacker. I was able to practice the techniques on an "attacker" and learned that I can do it. It was fun and educational. I would highly recommend the classes to any female but especially for girls in high school or college.
  • Bd -. Aug 9, 2010
    I would highly recommend this class to any woman! I have learned so much from Marita during those few hours I spent in the class. You learn how to react when you are approached by a stranger in the public, how to defend yourself when you are attacked, how to be aware of your surroundings and simply be prepared. So much great information and we had a chance to practice these techniques over and over until each of us was comfortable enough. I have learned a lot and would like to come back to learn even more at the Level 2. What a great class! Thank you. BD
  • Maryanne D. Jul 5, 2010
    Marita jumped right in to the physical aspect of self defense, though a bit awkward at first, I must say it did give you some sense of what it would feel like if you really were attacked. By the time it was over, I felt like that physical "hands on" aspect of it was the best part! Much more useful & informative than sitting and listening to talk for a couple of hours! Got a lot out of it as did my 14 year daughter and friend. Looking forward to level 2!! Maryanne Doi

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
Previously, I worked in the Criminal Justice field, first as a Prison Guard, then a Probation Officer, and a Director of a private work release facility. I was repeatedly in contact with sex offenders and witnessed their path of destruction. In order to learn to prevent future abuse, I obtained a Master's Degree in Social Work and provided treatment to sex offenders, their families, and victims of sexual abuse. Following the birth of my children, I decided to stay at home, but I missed being able to help others. I volunteered at an advocacy center for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. However, after earning my black belt in karate, I realized that I could "marry" all of my past experience and my new endevors to assist victims, and hopefully help prevent future victimizations by teaching women how to protect themselves.