Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Instructor?
Aloha, For the past 18 years of my life, I have studied self-defense in a multitude of ways. I did this because there was a time in my life when I found myself the victim and I wanted to be the victor. So I trained. I trained in 7-styles of Japanese martial arts (My main style was Aikido and I cross trained in Ninjutsu, Shotokan, Jujitsu, Iaido, Kobudo, & Bojutsu). I took Tai Chi and Warrior Spirit Training with Jeff Alexander who was Sylvester Stallone's Trainer for the Rocky series. In my pursuit to find the perfect blend of all of these styles, I came upon Empowerment Self-Defense -- A 40-year evidence based curriculum designed by women for women and other vulnerable communities. Since 2019, I have been certified to teach Empowerment Self-Defense, merging it with my 18 years of experience to deliver this course to you. I wanted to design this course to educate, to elevate, to inspire, to advocate, & to empower. Offering my knowledge through survivorship and lived experiences is the greatest gift I could give you.
To those who have never had to live through an attack, my hope is that this aids you when you need it, that this course gives you a foundation to thrive. For those who have survived an attack and are reading this, I am with you and I am rooting you on. May this course give you valuable tools to empower yourself, to live freely, love openly, be vulnerable, and show your strength when you need to and I hope this course bring you a step closer on your healing journey. I am rooting for you.
Do you offer refunds?
This course is an investment, as are you! Refunds are available within the first week. However, the proceeds from this course go towards supporting women, girls, and other vulnerable communities. Once you make your purchase, it is tallied and goes to sales goals which upon reaching supports people who otherwise cannot socioeconomically pay for these services. You not only offer a gift to yourself. You offer it to someone in need. Thus, all sales are final.
What style of Self-Defense are you?
Empowerment Self-Defense is not a Martial Arts style, it is a violence prevention strategy utilizing a 40-year evidence-based research-based curriculum by women for women and other vulnerable communities.
What is the difference between Martial Arts and Self-Defense?
Martial Arts is considered Self-Perfection training while Self-Defense training is Self-Preservation training. The difference being, Martial Arts is meant for personal improvement and growth and Self-Defense training is meant to be functional and effective in high risk, high-stress situations. The techniques learned in Self-Defense training are not meant to compete with nor negate the validity of Martial Arts instruction as the two serve their own unique purposes in an individuals life. Self-Defense teachings’ primary goal is to provide tactics and techniques that will support people in their efforts to survive a potential attack.
Is this a Martial Arts style?
No, although it encompasses different moves from Martial Arts styles that Tasha Church has practiced.
Do I need certain tools to train and practice?
No, but it is good to have a safe space to practice. It is your choice where you choose to practice and it is important for you to remove possible dangers, things that you could trip on, to let people know that you are practicing self-defense and you’re going to be making noise. Finding a safe location for you to be able to practice is paramount and it is your choice where you choose to do this practice. Please see the disclaimer before carrying on.
What are The 5-Principles of Self-Defense?
It’s think, tell, run, fight and if you want more information you will learn this in the bonus course in the I.M.Power course.
Do I need to complete the entire course?
Part of the process of empowerment is doing what you feel is best for you. The curriculum from this course has saved lives countless times over and has been an amazing tool for boosting confidence self-esteem body image, setting healthy boundaries, and making plans for preventative action. It is your choice as to whether or not you’d like to finish this course.
How can I keep up to date with Tasha Ina Church’s work?
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