LET’S HELP THE SURVIVOR: If anyone has any contact with the woman who survived this assault, please notify the Gracie Academy (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). We would like to sponsor her to come to California to receive a full week of personal training with Eve and Rener at Gracie Academy Headquarters.
At 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 25, a woman who was jogging in East River Park near Jackson Avenue when a man accosted and dragged her by the hair into a nearby amphitheater.
Once there, he sexually assaulted her, stole her cell phone and credit cards, and took off on a bicycle. If you have any information about the suspect’s whereabouts, please contact NYPD immediately.
In this special edition Gracie Breakdown, Eve and Rener Gracie discuss the incident, specifically how the hair-grab can be so challenging and debilitating during an assault. They also discuss how, with some principle-driven jiu-jitsu training, a woman can not only minimize the assailants effectiveness, but turn the tables and use the attacker’s own grip to incapacitate him with a joint lock or a chokehold.
FREE WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR: January 23, 2016
In response to this incident, and to help expose as many women as possible to the benefits of learning self-defense, we are hosting a free Gracie Women Empowered seminar at several Certified Training Centers around the world. The seminars are free and are open specifically designed for first-time students with no experience.
Listed below are the specific cities where the seminars will be taking place on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
Palm Desert, California
Fort Collins, Colorado
Queens Village, New York
Virginia Beach, Virginia
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Seoul, South Korea