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Damsels in Defense helps women protect themselves

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"How to fight like a girl and win," that's the motto of Damsels in Defense, a female veteran who's using her military expertise to teach women how to defend themselves should they ever have to fight off an attacker.

Terri Armstrong is doing something she loves: empowering women by passing on what she's learned about self-defense against male attackers.

"I don't want women to fight with a man on a man's terms. I want them to fight and use their own strengths...so learning how to engage in hand to hand combat influences what I do," Armstrong said.

Armstrong spent 6 years in the US Army. She was among the first female soldiers to go through the same training as the men, including hand to hand combat. Again, her theme now is "fight like a girl and win."

"Fighting like a girl, we don't fight fair, and I want women to understand what their strengths are and use them as quickly as possible if they are ever in a situation that they have to," Armstrong said.

This night Armstrong is teaching at a women riders get together at cowboy Harley-Davidson in south Austin.

"We live in a crazy world and knowing and being aware of your surroundings is great and what she does is an amazing opportunity to again educate women in a different aspect," Armstrong said.

She offers a 90-minute session to teach women the advantages they have in say a parking lot confrontation. For example, a woman's naturally lower center of gravity can help them if someone were to grab them.

Armstrong says she's gotten calls from former students who've escaped scary situations.

"I'm having fun with the ladies giving information. We have a great time, but then I get that phone call and it reminds me how important what I'm doing is. That gets me choked up," she said.

For more information on Damsel in Defense click here.

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