TO EDUCATE ALL WOMEN ON THEIR BEST OPTIONS FOR PROTECTING THEMSELVES AGAINST AGGRESSORS.
F2 Women's Self Defense was founded by Fran Regan and Franca D'Agostino in September 2015. The constant news stories of women being victimized and the dismal statistics (1 out of 4 women will be attacked in their lifetime!) made us think about the important women in our lives - our daughters, our mothers, our teachers, our neighbors, our friends - and how we might be able to help them avoid becoming one of those statistics. Our passion for empowering women grew, and we decided to find a way to use our personal skills and love of fitness to develop and implement a self-defense program to teach all women to better protect themselves.
In September 2015, Franca and Fran completed an intensive, three-day, 30-hour instructor course through Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), a nationally-recognized women's self-defense program, to become certified instructors. Next, we decided upon a name, obtained a logo, and came up with a tag line we hoped would convey our purpose and our wishes for all women whom we're lucky enough to work with - Find Your Fierce!
Class format may vary depending upon the participants, however, our basic four-hour class consists of approximately 1.5 hours of lecture and 2.5 hours of contact drills. First and foremost, because 90% of self-defense is becoming aware of risks to your personal safety and learning how to better avoid those risks, our emphasis is not on physical fighting. Rather, we emphasize improving situational awareness, and conveying strength and confidence through body language and use of voice. Along with risk reduction strategies, we teach simple-yet-effective strikes for the worse-case scenario, when avoiding an attack becomes impossible. The strikes taught are simple self-defense moves EVERY woman can perform - fist strikes, elbow strikes, knee strikes, kicks - which are meant to be delivered at 100% intensity, with the goal being not to engage in hand-to-hand combat, but simply to allow for escape!
In the Summer of 2017, F2 introduced its Find Your Fierce 101 program. This class is specifically designed to help prepare the college-bound freshman, high school student, or recent graduate to safely navigate her college campus or work place. In addition to general campus safety, we also cover information regarding the added dangers of alcohol and "date rape" drugs, and potentially abusive romantic relationships. While our general classes are open to young ladies ages 13 and up, this class covers topics more relative to older teenagers and young adults. Mothers and/or female guardians are welcome (encouraged even!) to attend as well!
Other Personal Info: Fran is a retired federal probation officer and defensive tactics instructor. Franca is employed as a health-care coordinator and has been teaching various group fitness classes for over 25 years. Both Franca and Fran are also full-time moms, certified personal trainers, and 2017 Ironman Triathlon finishers!
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