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What's The Valkyrie and Its Relation to Women's Self-Defense?

Michael Joyce

Valkyrie(1918). Peter Harrington, London

Valkyrie(1918). Peter Harrington, London

WHAT IS THE VALKYRIE?

In Norse mythology, a Valkyrie is a female goddess who selects which warriors get to live or die in battle. The Valkyrie bring the chosen warrior to Valhalla (the hall of the slain), ruled over by the god Odin.

This name was selected for the Outfoxxed program to empower women. We wanted our vixen to have a powerful representation of strength and stature for the female warrior.  Also, a Valkyrie, like many Viking warriors, carries a sword and shield which we embody with our arms.

WHAT DOES THE VALKYRIE HAVE TO DO WITH SELF PROTECTION?

In the Outfoxxed program, we use the Valkyrie to essentially fend off an attacker that is charging you. It provides momentary control, an element of surprise, and sets you up to attack, control or run and escape.

What better Goddess to name the movement after other than The Valkyrie. She is strong, powerful, and a warrior. She has a sword in one hand in a shield in the other - all of which is mimicked by Outfoxxed's The Valkyrie. As one forearm (i.e., the sword) is used for impact and to cut into the chest/neck of the attacker, the other arm (i.e., shield) is used to block any potential punches or attempts for the attacker to close in and grab you. 

The Valkyrie is a simple movement but requires practice for it to become reflexive and natural. It stems off Outfoxxed's The Fence and allows the victim to switch from being prey to predator. The shift of power not only surprises the attacker but also overwhelms him as they will constantly be on the defense looking to gain back control.  

Depending on the situation, from the Valkyrie position, you can shift into The Praying Mantis, use a palm-heel strike or some other movement that will give you more control of the situation. As emphasized earlier, the Valkyrie is not a position used to "hang out." The only control you gain is by shifting the power. Other than this, if you do not keep moving, you will lose that power. Once an attacker is off-balanced, unsure of what to do next, or cannot even think because of pain, you will consistently have the upper hand. 

To learn more or just keep up to date on the latest information, lessons, and movements,  subscribe to our Outfoxxed newsletter! Lastly, to learn more on how to perfect the Valkyrie, read our blog: Perfect the Goddess Within.

3 Ways Woman Can Set Up for an Attack - The Fence Variations

Michael Joyce

How you carry your body says a lot about what you are trying to tell people. If you are hunched, looking down, and walking a quick pace, someone may characterize you as a weak and easy target. However, if you walk at a steady pace, head up and headphones out of your ears as you casually look around, you will be giving off a confident and powerful vibe that will usually repel others from trying to violate your corner.

The Fence in the Outfoxxed program uses this theory to communicate or deceive an attacker. We have three main Fence types that will guide you and help you adapt to a situation presented. As mentioned in our previous blog on The Fence, this movement is a way to help get you out of a possible unwanted encounter.

Below are the three Fence variants outlined below: 

PASSIVE FENCE

The Passive Fence is a position that you would assume if your intuition tells you to be cautious. This position allows you to communicate and act naturally without giving away an offensive or defensive plan-of-action.  

Below are the three variations of the Passive Fence (per Outfoxxed Program).

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The Audrey Hepburn

Many bouncers and door attendants use the “The Thinking Man” position to appear engaged and emotionally non-threatening while at the same time covering vital areas of the body. You will see them with folded arms while keeping one hand free to "scratch a chin" and whatnot. The movement allows the bouncers to protect their body but also have free movement to defend at a moment's notice.

Much like the bouncers "The Thinking Man" position, Outfoxxed's female version is called the Audrey Hepburn.  The Audrey Hepburn is a way of casually folding an arm horizontally across the chest/mid-torso and allowing the other arm to rest vertically, with the elbow resting on the hand or wrist.  Instead of pretending to scratch a chin itch, your hand can be resting on your shoulder, messing with your collar, or messing with your hair – which may be an excellent way to divert the attention of an attacker. Misleading a harasser is a good way to be ready to protect yourself from a violent situation.

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Prayer Hands

Prayer Hands are another common position whereby the palms are brought together in the center of your body.  In this position, your hands and forearms are covering significant and sensitive landmarks such as your solar plexus, sternum, and liver.  You can even disguise this to look like you're rubbing your hands for warmth or fidgeting with your fingernails, and not actually praying.

I Dream A Jeannie

What I used to call “The Barbara Eden” is a passive fence that I naturally use when in a passive stance!  If you traditionally cross your arms as if you were “Jeannie” granting a wish.

While this stance doesn't give you very much upper-torso or head protection, it is reliable at protecting the midsection and helps in showing the biceps – certainly a deterrent if your arms are strong and menacing.

 

SUBMISSIVE FENCE

If the threat level is high, you will inevitably pull out the Submissive Fence.  In this posture, you are willing to talk, plead or falsely, temporarily, or legitimately give over valuables pursued (e.g., money).

A significant limitation of the Submissive Fence is the fact that your stuck when it comes to moving from one posture to another.  For example, what attacker is going to believe you when you outstretch your arms and shout, “Please don't hurt me” and then switch to a secure, confident, active fence?  The attacker might think you have a case of split personality disorder. 

Use this posture wisely. If this attacker wants something from you that does not have a monetary value, you can still use this fence to falsy give off a notion that you surrender. Know that once he understands its a ruse, you must be ready to attack. Otherwise, for robberies and situations that involve handing over an item, do so calmly. Nothing can replace your body but know that any item is replaceable.

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ACTIVE FENCE

The Active is a barrier that exercises strength and control and applies to almost every situation.  The only weak point is that it might be seen as paranoid or over-protective if you've supposedly misjudged the situation.  But know that it is always better to be safe than sorry and that any real gentleman would understand your reaction. 

For example, a well-dressed gentleman calmly walks over close (but not too close) and asks, “Excuse me miss, do you happen to have Grey Poupon?” You immediately step back and assume an active fence, feet wide for a base, palms open and eyes boaring through his soul.  It might be a standard response if legitimately startled, but a bit overboard in normal, social encounter. 

You might embarrass the guy - bad or good - but it is important to remember that you are defending yourself as a woman - this is something you should never apologize for.  Any man that tries to make you feel guilty over it is either ignorant or inconsiderate. 


WHICH FENCE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

Each variation (Passive, Submissive, or Active) has their place and importance; however, if I had to boil it down to the most important, it would be the Active Fence
 
The Active Fence applies to every situation though it's most commonly for high-stake encounters.  It is a robust and dynamic position that allows a woman to make her mark loudly, and proudly. Imagine running into a bull and wearing red. The bull will rear its head up and down and stomp its feet in the dust. It is letting you know, if you come further, it will attack. Imagine you are this bull and you are simply doing this man a FAVOR by letting them know you are not to be tampered with. 

Please comment down below what you think and what you would like to see from Outfoxxed. Whether you have an ethical question, a physical inquiry or just to say hi, we would love to hear from you guys.

As always, stay foxy and stay safe!

What is Outfoxxed's "The Fence" Position for Women's Self Defense?

Michael Joyce

There are many variations on how you should start to handle the beginning stages of a conflict. Some are setting you up for failure while others are in the right direction. Though Outfoxxed may disagree with some movements taught in the industry, the ultimate idea to remember is that you should do WHATEVER it takes to get out of a dangerous situation. 

WHAT IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE?

In the Outfoxxed program, communication and avoidance are the first layers of defense.  Both communication and avoidance are on the same level because each are interchangable and dependent on the situation presented. Obviously, avoiding a sketchy area or street and any situation that can pose an attack is the first thing you should do. However, sometimes, you might find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. During these scenarios, you should learn to communicate in a manner that will not alarm or offset a possible attack. Defuse, defuse, defuse!

The Fence is the second line of movements that will set you up for any sudden, unpredicted, and violent behavior.  The Fence, or versions of it, is as old as physical conflict itself.  But it wasn't until the amazing teacher, author and martial artist Geoff Thompson from Coventry, UK, and his club started to bring it into popularity as an effective way of managing the dynamics of physical altercations.  As a doorman (aka. bouncer), Geoff was able to learn quickly just how useful and valuable this technique can be.

WHAT IS THE FENCE?

The Fence is a temporary barrier we use to keep a potential attacker under control. All the recommended Fence postures start off with the body in a non-threatening position to lessen the aggression and intent of the person trying to harm you. Additionally, this will buy you time to scan for help, plan an escape route, find an improvised weapon, or prepare to pre-emptively strike.

Though pre-emptive striking is a complex issue and can certainly justify an entire video and post itself, if the situation is life-threatening, you should do everything you can to escape and survive.  In this case, striking first, fast and hard is warranted and encouraged.

WHEN SHOULD YOU PRACTICE THE FENCE?

Practicing the art of the Fence is an instrumental self-defense practice and should be incorporated into every scenario drill in which you:

  • Are aware of your attacker.
  • Wish to manage and control the distance.
  • Can talk to your attacker.

The Fence is a wonderful tool to calm, distract, and set-up your attack or potential attacker. Although you can use a fence against an Asocial predator, it will do very little except to give you a strong position from which to launch into your attack.

Please comment down below what you think and what you would like to see from Outfoxxed. Whether you have an ethical question, a physical inquiry or just to say hi, we would love to hear from you guys.

As always, stay foxy and stay safe!