Research indicates that women who successfully defend themselves are better able to quickly recognize threatening situations, express, and if necessary physically enforce their boundaries. Learn those skills. Recognize assailant ploys and manipulations--and how to thwart them. Practice releases from common grabs and decisive strikes to vital targets. Assess your risks, and plan around them. Understand the connections between awareness, threats, and our media environment. Come prepared to challenge yourself--emPOWERment doesn't get more fun.