Benefits Of Athena Training:

Experienced instructors focused on student goals

Mental and physical preparation to survive threatening situations

Endorsed by Law Enforcement Officers

Challenging but not overwhelming

Every woman should be empowered enough to not walk around in fear.

Realty-based training under stress against a padded instructor.

The End Of Helplessness

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."  -Benjamin Franklin

The pictured woman's life did not have to be forever altered. You do not have to make the mistakes she made--mistakes she was unaware of not because she was foolish but only because she lacked training. Link to the ABC News video (only the initial action is shown) below.

Our students tell us their awareness level shoots up because of our training. Our student who showed me this video immediately recognized the situation as a scenario she practiced--not just talked about--in our training.

Link to video.

Athena training is open to males & females age 12 and overYour most important weapon is your brain so we train your body and your brain with awareness, avoidance and self-protection skills.  Classes operate Saturdays, 2-4 PM (check the class date posting above or our Athena Women FB page for occasional exceptions). Athena Women training takes place at Kreimer's Karate Institute, 1460 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, 21702 (entrance off Old Camp Road, across from Weis Market). Click HERE for map. Sign up when arriving for class.

"Giving up reinforces a sense of incompetence. Going on gives you a commitment to success." — George Weinberg.

Bruce Lee said, "Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state, will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient." This is one reason we conduct Athena training in a relaxed, informal way. So you get the most out of it.

A typical counterattack you will drill...

Video still: ABC News

The number one crime deterrent is the presence of armed, uniformed law enforcement officers. Athena Women backs the Blue.



  • Comfortable workout clothing that will allow you freedom of movement. (Because you will do both standing and ground techniques, you might prefer long clothing for your arms and legs for the ground work and have short sleeves and shorts underneath that you can switch to in order to keep cooler for punching and kicking drills.)
  • We have a locker room where you can change (bring a padlock if you wish).
  • While training at Kreimer’s Karate Institute you will be barefoot.
  • You will be able to wear eyeglasses during most of your training.
  • Enthusiasm!

Please do not wear:

  • Jewelry, except plain wedding band.
  • If you have items not removable we will let you know whether you can safely practice with a training partner or striking pads.
  • Long fingernails: You will be striking pads and practicing with others.

Next Class:

Saturday, October 28th, 2-4PM.

You will learn simple and effective self defense techniques similar to those in the video above. 


"We Train Your Body And Your Brain."(SM) 

Athena training is not a sampler to lure you into the studio and sell you something else. This is a comprehensive self-protection course that includes actual physical practice on: awareness; predators fooling their victims into trusting them; determining whether someone intends to harm you by establishing and controlling boundaries; the real dangers of someone grabbing you (and how to escape); recognizing and avoiding dangerous situations; and effective fighting back while standing, sitting or on the ground by using simple techniques.

You will do scenario training against a padded instructor, like police train. And we present our training in an approachable, engaging way at your pace.

The full Athena course is covered in seven 2-hour classes but you can attend as few or as many classes as you wish, and return anytime for occasional refreshers. We have students who take one or two classes, some train the 14 hour course, and still others have become ongoing students. Each class is adjusted to fit the needs of the students present according to their stages of progress. We don't need to operate in a rigid sequence of lessons so you can show up when your schedule permits. a palm strike to attacker's solar plexus--a vulnerable bundle of nerves.

Your Athena instructors: enthusiastic, responsive and here to help you meet your goals.

Click over to our Self Defense Blog and see why the famous strategist and general Sun Tzu would likely approve of Athena training.

Athena Women will donate 5% of your course fee to the Heartly House. In their words, "Heartly House is the only organization in Frederick County, Maryland that provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse." Help others while helping yourself. Win-win.

See the Word2TheWise blog for a student review of our training:

"This is about doing something for yourself, something that could someday save YOUR LIFE."