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A Safer World for Athletes is in Your Hands

April 9, 2019

This summer, ESD Global is hosting a Level 1 Elite Athletes ESD Instructor Training, led by Olympic gold-medalist Arlene Limas, for professionals who work with athletes and for athletes who may have recently retired from competition who are looking for a way to give back to the community and to help effect real change.


Elite athletes face unique challenges and need ESD instructors who understand their world.


Here is Arlene’s vision, along with her thoughts on the importance of this important new initiative:


I am an Olympian. I am a gold medal winner in the sport of TaeKwonDo. And I am very passionate about giving our high-level athletes the tools to protect themselves from predatory behavior, whether it be from coaches, administrators, or other teammates.


Unlike traditional martial arts training, Empowerment Self-Defense training is a proven violence prevention intervention with the potential to give athletes of all levels both physical and mental techniques for coping with various types of violence, along with risk awareness and de-escalation skills, verbal boundary setting, assertiveness skills, and physical techniques.



From dealing with inappropriate cohesion, differentiating between appropriate and inappropriate touch, to the ability to set boundaries with coaches and administrators, ESD provides skills that no other form of self-defense can.


High-level athletes, in particular, are a very special part of our population because they are so laser-focused on their goal and are willing to sacrifice so much of their freedom and autonomy for the sake of their spor