Tallahassee, Florida- July 31, 2012
Brandi Mcintosh has been a student at the Martial Arts Fitness Academy in Tallahassee for about two and a half years.
"I started looking at it, thought I could do it maybe. Always was interested, thought it was neat," McIntosh said with a laugh.
Don't let the laugh fool you. Mcintosh's self-defense skills are no joke. She's part of a growing trend the academy has seen in women.
"A lot of our courses have more women than men. A lot of women are looking to get that self-defense, that survival mentality taught to them," said the Academy's owner Chad Wilbur.
"I like not being scared walking through a parking lot feeling like if someone did attack me, I'd have a chance to get away," said McIntosh.
Mcintosh is more than happy to demonstrate her skill set, but it's not advised to mess with her. She is a massage therapist who says the desire to learn self-defense came from some customers who had the "wrong idea," about massage therapy.
She's happy that she knows the techniques, but has thankfully never needed to use them.
"There's nothing like the security of feeling like you don't need a man to protect you," she said.
The Martial Arts Fitness Academy has several programs ranging from mixed martial arts, kickboxing, combat fitness, and basic pistol & concealed weapons permit classes. More info can be found on their website www.martialartstally.com.
FSU also offers a free Rape Aggression Defense class for women.