What Is Empowerment Self-Defense?
What Exactly Is ESD?
Empowerment Self Defense is a system of learning how to avoid danger, de-escalate conflict, increase self-efficacy in problem-solving, and build physical self-defense skills. ESD is different from a martial art in a few ways. Its foundation is built upon understanding the history, psychology, and pathos of violence against women and vulnerable populations. Also, ESD focuses first on the adage: the best conflict is one avoided, thus recognizing potential conflict and de-escalating are key tools. ESD’s physical training techniques are based on the expectation that the person attacked is smaller than the attacker. Finally, ESD, while taught to individuals, includes community building and advocacy as a pillar of its teaching.
Living Without Fear
Empowerment Self-Defense gives us the power to choose how to respond to violence, without judgment or victim blaming. It empowers us to be in command of our minds, body and spirit. It teaches us that we are allowed to live our lives boldly and freely without fear.
Every person has the right to learn how to defend themselves. Systems of violence are complex, so this requires more than just physical techniques.
Empowerment Self-Defense is a holistic approach to personal safety which teaches tools to combat the whole spectrum of violence, from verbal harassment to physical violence.
ESD is an evidenced-based violence prevention system. It teaches individuals how to interrupt violence by listening to their intuition, assessing their options, asserting boundaries, using de-escalation strategies, and deploying tools for a range of mental, verbal and physical responses.
Impact In Numbers
A Safer World For Women Is Within Reach
ESD Global is a US-based nonprofit organization (NGO) that envisions a world where people can live safe, violence-free lives. ESD Global is dedicated to making Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) accessible around the world through increasing public awareness of its profound benefits.
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