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Out of Harm's Way

My name is Karla Bravo, I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt instructor and co-founder of Out of Harm's Way. I've been teaching and training in martial arts for nearly two decades. About 5 years ago, we decided that we wanted to do something different with our women's self defense classes. For several years, we had been teaching great techniques but found that they were not always easy to recall under pressure and that many students didn't connect mentally to the potential mental pitfalls of defense, so we got to work on a simplified approach to safety and the results have been meaningful.

We got together with representatives who understood non-lethal weapons that can be carried without permits and require little training to use successfully. We partnered with a rape crisis counselor and advocate who helped us create a safe space for anyone who might be attending that is a survivor. We met with attorneys who helped us understand our legal rights and psychologists who enhanced our understanding of trauma, including PTSD.

We continue to educate ourselves so that our approach remains fresh and relevant and together, we are making a difference in our community. In 2017, we decided that we wanted to take a bigger step to reach more people, so along with my business partner, Jen Franklin, who is a 1st Degree Black Belt, we teamed up and created Out of Harm's way. We are a new California non-profit but our classes have been around for several years and are going strong. Our goal is to expand our vision into our local schools where we believe we can make an impact on stopping girl-on-girl bullying, sexual assaults, and raise awareness about issues that our girls have to navigate through daily.

Thank you for attending our classes and our events. We want you to come away from our classes informed, educated, and empowered!

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