A brief HELLO and THANK YOU to all those that helped make Out of Harm's Way possible.
Hello and thank you for being here!
We are so happy to be here, too. Out of Harm's Way is a passion project that has been the culmination of years of looking at what a women needs from a self defense class and then making it come true. For our first blog post, I want to extend our gratitude to everyone who help us get this off the ground. I would especially like to thank:
William Sampson, my Sensei and friend who believed in this concept from the second I brought it to him. He helped me develop many of the drills that we work on in class and has been the backbone of my training for as long as I can remember. Thank you, sir!
Jennifer DeSouza, my student and the person who came in and asked me about a pepper spray she wanted to promote. We built a class around that question and she was side-by-side with me as we built the program from the ground up.
Jennifer Lester, my friend and parent of two kids that I train in martial arts, she came to a class and saw it's potential enough to keep working with us. She built her own team and changed her life as a result. Her energy and support for us has never wavered and we continue to partner with her and grow together both professionally and personally.
Sheila Bates, my friend and advocate extraordinaire! Sheila has been volunteering to be our rape crisis advocate since the first class that she took with us. She saw the potential to reach so many people and has been a vocal and ardent supporter of our cause and has been at our side without hesitation.
Marcos Rubio, my friend and fellow martial artist who consulted and cheered us on as our program expanded and grew. He introduced me to the person who would later stand by my side as we created our company, he changed my life and I will forever be grateful to him.
Jennifer Franklin, my friend and partner and fellow martial artist who came to help out in one class and was immediately impacted by it. She helped me organize my vision for the classes and ultimately held my hand as we both navigated through the project. We would not exist as a company without her.
And of course, my friends and family who cheered us on and encouraged us to think big and move forward. I can honestly say that Out of Harm's Way would not be without a single one of these people and I will be forever grateful for their presence in my life. I wanted to do this post as our first post because as the years have passed, I have been so humbled by just how many people we have been able to reach. Each one of the people involved has created a positive ripple effect in the lives of people that we may never actually meet, never actually know, just by helping us get this project together and getting it out into our communities. So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you so much.
With all my gratitude,