Women’s Self Defense


Wing Chun: The Key to a Woman’s Self Defense

Many self-defense classes can be found throughout the country. Some offer as little as a 2-hour open enrollment course, with the first hour offering discussion on safety techniques, and the second hour going over physical techniques. Other self-defense classes are taught within 20 hours, which can be taught over a span of a 2-day weekend, or broken up into separate workshops. University campuses also tend to offer women’s self-defense classes that span a 4-month period. These classes explore the concepts, strategies, and methods of self-defense. While reading about the concepts, strategies, and methods of self-defense may enlighten someone of situational awareness of potential danger, it does not hone in muscle memory when actually faced with such a said situation.

Wing Chun is a martial art that emphasizes a lifelong learning process, optimizing self-defense in its true form. It incorporates muscle memory, allowing one to practice not only being the defender, but the attacker as well. This allows a person to gain confidence in the skill of not only defending oneself, but also in reciprocating force against the attacker in order to allow the would-be victim to safely leave the situation behind. The art is both mental and physical. It emphasizes technique over strength, which allows a smaller and more delicate person to be able to easily overcome a stronger and/or larger opponent. Because of this, Wing Chun is suitable for both men and women, young and old, and all levels of fitness.


Prior to coming to my first class at The Wing Chun Boxing Academy, I have to honestly say I had never heard of the system before. I knew nothing about it, not only as an style, but with regards to self-defense. I had taken self-defense classes before, practiced some “get-away” moves, but when I was actually attacked, I initially froze. I didn’t remember a thing that I had learned about my self-defense courses. What kept running through my mind was “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” I then tried to fight. I clawed, I dug my fingers into him, I tried to get away, but my attacker overpowered me. My attacker was someone that I had known and worked with for over a year at the time of the attack. When I first came to class, I was told that this was a woman’s art. That it was made for a person who was smaller than the attacker. I was skeptical. I couldn’t see initially how this obscure-sounding art could actually help me where the other self-defense courses had utterly failed me. However, I decided to keep coming to class and see if it was worth my time. Techniques and moves were explained to me. They started to make sense. The realization came to me that what this art form had that others lacked was muscle memory.  The art form made sense, but in order to apply it in real life, I would have to understand it so well as to create it into a learned muscle reflex. In addition, I have to mentally understand how the technique works in order to gain confidence in my skill. The more I learn, the more I see its value. Had I known at the time of the attack what I know now, the attack would have never been successful. When I was recently confronted with another possible altercation, this time by a woman, I was surprised by my lack of fear at the possibility of an attack. The value in this art is the peace and confidence that it gives you when facing life, allowing you to live in joy instead of fear.

(Wing Chun is different from your average women’s self defense course.  It was designed by women for women to be able to defeat and survive an attack by a larger more powerful opponent. Set up an appointment to see what we mean.)

Some Facts:

Females are consistently being targeted for acts of violence, both fatal and nonfatal. Nonfatal violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated or simple assault. Fatal violence includes homicide or murder, and non-negligent manslaughter. As of 2008, females age 12 or older experienced about 852,000 nonfatal victimizations. Females are at risk of intimate partner victimizations at the rate of 4.3 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older. About 99% of intimate partner violence against females in 2008 was committed by male offenders (Catalon, Smith, Snyder, Rand, p. 1-2, 2009).

With regards to fatal intimate partner violence (current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend), females made up 70% of victims killed by an intimate partner in 2007, a proportion that has changed very little since 1993. Females are generally murdered by people they know. In 64% of female homicide cases in 2007, females were killed by a family member or intimate partner. In addition, 25% were killed by others that they knew, and only an estimated 10% were killed by a stranger. Males are more likely than women to be killed by strangers (Catalon, Smith, Snyder, Rand, p. 3, 2009).

57% of rape or sexual assault against females was committed by an offender whom they knew. Strangers committed about 31% of all rape and/or sexual assault cases. 1 in 5 rape or sexual assaults against females (20%) were committed by an intimate partner. Almost half (47%) of the rape or sexual assault against females in 2008 were reported to the police. 4 out of 5 (80%) of the rapes against females were committed by males (Catalon, Smith, Snyder, Rand, p. 5, 2009).

In 2011, a telephone survey was conducted, known as the “National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.” This survey was supported by the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense. Nearly 1 in 5 surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape at some point, and 1 in 4 reported being beaten by an intimate partner. 1 in 6 women have been stalked according to the report. By definition of rape, 1% of women surveyed reported being raped in the previous year, a figure that suggests that 1.3 million American women annually may be victims of rape or attempted rape.  More than half of the female rape victims had been raped by an intimate partner, and 40% had been raped by an acquaintance (Robin, NY Times, 2011).

Of these statistics, women are not only more likely to be targeted as victims for violent crimes, they are also more likely to be targeted by someone they know and potentially trust. Although many sources of media sensationalize cases where women are targeted by men they didn’t know, it may come to a shock to many women when their attackers are someone they know well.

Because of violent crimes against women, self-defense classes have arisen to help women reduce their chances of becoming victimized. While their intentions are good, they lack long term training in helping a woman to be able to recall this said training when faced by dangerous situations. If the training for self-defense is not consistently reinforced, when faced in a potentially dangerous situation, the natural instinct is to either fight or flee. Once the instinct takes over, memories of previous self-defense training are erased at the time of confrontation.



Catalano, S., Ph.D, Smith, E., Snyder, H., Ph.D., Rand, M. (2009). Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings: Female Victims of Violence. NCJ 228356. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fvv.pdf.

Robin, R. (2011, December 11). “Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assualted.”New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/health/nearly-1-in-5-women-in-us-survey-report-sexual-assault.html?_r=0 .

Tsui Sheung Tin. “The Hidden Power of Siu Nim Tau. Retrieved from http://www.tstvingtsun.bc.ca/HiddenPowerOfSNT_remix.html.

 – L. B.,  student of The Wing Chun Boxing Academy


You know SiFu Carroll,
 I would like to say thank you. I got involved with this guy who thought it was okay to hit me. (my ex….)

He head butted me one night and broke my nose… it was crazy…I am still trying to figure out how I didn’t go down from that. I mean I was seeing stars it was the hardest blow I had ever taken. I’m not going lie, it took me a second to understand what just happened…..But you see after that, he put a dvd cord around my neck and that was when I went crazy because it was life or death.  It was scary but because of what I learned from you, even years later…I was able to hurt him enough to get away and call the cops. I remember standing there with blood all over my face and all I could think of was you and what I had learned in your class… With what you taught me, I fought back and got away. I still swear to this day it was taking your class and learning some Wing Chun from you that made me not afraid and gave me the will and power to fight back. I know the Wing Chun I learned from you saved my life because he was trying to strangle me…but I just kept thinking there is no way he is going to do this to me…and somehow I got the upper hand, fought hard and used what I learned from you to get away…..THANK YOU!

Please put this on your web site because I want to see more women in self defense classes… if I have a little girl I swear she will be learning how to fight. If it’s a boy he will to but it’s so much more important for a girl to know how to save their lives, because creeps go after what they think is the weaker person. It’s so easy for a woman going up against a crazy guy like that to think “What’s the point in fighting back?” He is flat out tougher than me. And it is also so easy to end up how I did because guys that do that look normal…talk normal. I never saw it coming. He had always treated me good up till then….. I don’t know what changed him but he was going to kill me and I used the first rule of a fight that you taught me, “Fight for your Life!”


G. H.



I have to say that what you teach really works. Even though I only trained with you for about 7 months what you taught me saved my life.

I was attacked outside of a mall in Pennsylvania and instinctively stopped my would be attacker. He wouldn’t let me in my car and tried to force me into the backseat. I didn’t have to think about what to do, my body was on auto-pilot and I hurt him  bad enough that he was lying on the ground when I drove off.

When I got home, I was in shock and had a few drinks, as I told my son about what had happened.  He wanted to know what I did and we went through it again.  He then tried to show me some moves that he had learned but I was able to stop him without thinking. What is so crazy about it all is that my son serves in the Army and is a combat veteran and I am half his size. Thank you SiFu for training me to react instinctively, without it I would have been hurt really bad. By the way my son told me to do what you taught me because it is extremely effective even after I had a few to drink.
Thank you,



To empower women and help ensure their safety I would like to republish an issue of The Wing Chun Workbook (TM) that deals with the mindset needed.- D. Carroll





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Wing Chun’s techniques

are so powerful, so effective, so natural, yet so simple that even a beginner could execute them!

Wing Chun Kung Fu is the most brutally effective, yet simple, fighting system ever developed. We will teach you:

  • Brutal, vicious, fight-termination shots.
  • How to DROP your attacker in 5 seconds or less!
  • How to throw the nastiest, dirtiest shots known.
  • Why most martial artists freeze when attacked on the street.
  • How to increase your reaction time instantly.
  • How to instantly know what to do in any situation.
  • The one element you must control when faced with a boxer.
  • How to smash someone’s teeth in with a slight variation of a straight punch!
  • Why you must never kick a certain way in a street fight!
  • The simple most important key to defeating much larger opponents.
  • Powerful methods to instantly stop a frontal attack!
  • How to make someone’s eyes water so he can’t defend against or see your next devastating blow!
  • How to punch properly without gloves or padding.
  • How to stop grapplers before they can take you to the ground.
  • How to defend yourself on the ground if the fight goes there!
  • How to stop fights instantly.
  • How to escape from locks, holds and chokes (almost effortlessly).
  • Simple take downs… They don’t get up from!!
  • Ways to combine punches with throws!
  • Crippling counter attacks.
  • How to use Improvised weapons… They’re Everywhere!
  • Unreal way to make your enemy break his own ankle when he attacks!
  • How to fight from a clinch … including secrets of “invisible” low blows!
  • How a quick and dirty head butt can immediately end a fight!
  • The right way to use your elbows … guaranteed to knock an assailant right out!
  • How to crack someone with a liver shot that will have him doubled over in agony and unable to continue to bother you any longer!
  • Hidden strikes that they never see coming!!
  • How to use every inch of your body to develop devastating power.
  • Weapon disarming (Guns, Knives, baseball bats)
  • How to handle Multiple Attackers and survive!
  • Vulnerable Points of human body that can’t be built up by weights.
  • What criminals don’t want you to know or understand.
  • … and much, much more!

It is hard to believe that two women created such a devastating style but they did!

In a time of lawlessness and in a place where rape and murder were common place. They created a system that used the opponent’s own power against them to increase the impact of their strikes and ultimately defeat the would be attacker with his own force. They weren’t playing by rules and were not concerned with sport application or referees. They used it as means to Survive their violent times. You can learn this easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to use system.Our classes are open and looking for male and female participants who wish to learn how to handle violent situations in the most street-effective method known.

 Shadowhand Wing Chun Kung Fu was founded by Dustan Carroll in 2004