15. Melissa Despina Fragiadaki

Violence Prevention Educator | Empowerment Self-Defense Instructor


Melissa Despina Fragiadaki
What it means?

Valuing our safety means valuing our own mental, emotional, and physical well-being and the well-being of those around us.
We develop a sense of safety by learning about and enforcing our boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others.
Defending our safety can mean anything from setting a verbal boundary, to screaming “NO!” to a punch or kick.

Why it matters?

We all deserve to live our lives with confidence, dignity, and a sense of security. When we feel safe, it’s much easier to respect and defend the safety of those around us.
The tools that keep us safe aren’t meant to keep us apart. They are meant to help us build healthy relationships and communities.

How can we promote it?

We’re born knowing how to make our needs and wants clear.
Sadly, somewhere along the way, thanks to the messages we receive from the world around us, many of us become less sure of our right to keep ourselves safe.
But the good news is that we never lose those innate abilities. All we need is an opportunity to reconnect with the tools we’ve had all along.
Empowerment self-defense classes provide an opportunity for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability, to do just that.