Brenna Lorenz knows how to hold her own against an attacker.
Hopefully, she'll never have to use the techniques she's learned to achieve her purple belt here at Fitness With A Kick in Woolmarket, but just in case, Brenna is prepared.
"I'm in my car 90% of the time, I'm going places, going to pick up things, going to store, going to school, going to work, and I look like the perfect person to attack, I'm 106 pounds, I'm 5'1. I mean when you look at that person you'll be like yeah I can get her. And it's nice to know that I can defend myself," said Lorenz.
"We get so busy in our daily lives, we get tunnel vision. We don't actually see what's around us, and sometimes we feel too comfortable for our surroundings when we actually should be paying a little bit more attention," said Fitness With A Kick founder and instructor Richard Lee.
And paying attention is a part of being prepared, and that preparation could be the difference between becoming a statistic and staying alive.
Learning self-defense techniques is fun, but students say they can affect your life in more ways than one.
"It gives you a lot of confidence to be able to know that you're not totally helpless, 'cause that's one of the things I know women feel is that you're weak and you're helpless and you can't do anything about it. You can," said Lorenz.
If you are interested in learning self-defense techniques, Master Lee will be holding a Rape Prevention Seminar on Saturday, May 1, at Fitness With A Kick in Woolmarket.
He also teaches other defense courses for men and women of all ages.
For more information, you can call 396-9665.