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How Self-Defense Changed My Life: A Survivor’s Story From Chaos to inner Calm

My name is Claudette Renee Lyons, and I am a survivor. In 2017, I was attacked by a man who beat me severely and almost killed me. I was on the ground defenseless as I was overwhelmed with shock and fear. He was stronger and faster than me, He was a black belt martial artist and 2 times my size. He left me bleeding on the floor. He thought I was dead, but I was still alive. I managed to run out of the building for the run of a lifetime falling on the ground as I ran until someone found me and called 911 and get help. I was rushed to the hospital and underwent trauma protocol. I survived, but I was traumatized by the experience. I suffered from nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I felt like a victim, and I hated it.

I decided to take back control of my life and learn how to defend myself. I enrolled in a self-defense class that taught me Krav Maga, a martial art developed by the Israeli military. It is a practical and effective system that teaches you how to use your body as a weapon, and how to deal with various scenarios, such as armed and unarmed attacks, multiple attackers, and ground fighting. I also learned how to use weapons, such as knives, guns, and pepper spray. I trained hard and became more confident and empowered. I learned how to fight back and how to survive.

Self-defense changed my life in many ways. It helped me heal from my trauma and overcome my fears. It gave me a sense of purpose and direction. It made me stronger and more resilient. It also opened up new opportunities and connections. I met many amazing people who shared my passion and supported me. I became an instructor and a mentor for other women who wanted to learn self-defense. I help others by sharing my story to inspire others. I am completing a book about my journey, called “From Victim to Victor: How Self-Defense Saved My Life”. It is being published this year. I receive many positive reviews and messages from those that I share my story with who said that my story of courage has helped them or someone they loved.

I am proud of what I have achieved and how far I have come. I am no longer a victim, but a survivor. I am no longer afraid, but brave. I am no longer weak, but strong. I am no longer helpless, but powerful. I am no longer alone, but connected. I am no longer silent, but vocal. I am no longer passive, but active. I am no longer a target, but a warrior. I am Claudette Renee Lyons, and this is how self-defense changed my life.

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