Learn to protect yourself


PETALING JAYA: Nothing is more empowering than literally being able to defend yourself from assailants.

And there is no one better qualified than former Malaysian mixed-martial arts (MMA) queen Ann “Athena” Osman to show women the moves to ward off attacks.

Join Ann at the WOW! Fiesta tomorrow (March 16) at The Starling Mall in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, where she will be conducting a self-defence session.

Ann who was the first Malaysian woman to have fought professionally at the MMA ONE Championship, said it is important for women to learn how to defend themselves in any situation.

“We are exposed to unknown risks each day. Learning self-defence teaches us how to keep alert. It helps build confidence too,” said Ann, 33, who was inspired to learn martial arts after a road bullying incident years ago.

Ann, who picked up martial arts in her 20s, encourages women to sign up for self-defence courses as it keeps them physically and mentally stronger.

“Learning anything from scratch isn’t easy. You need to believe in yourself and have the spirit of determination and patience. You need to put in the hard work,” she said.

Ann will be demonstrating useful self-defence techniques for women in a one-hour workshop titled, “Self Defense Through Martial Arts”, at 3.15pm on March 16.

The WOW! Fiesta, held this weekend, is the highlight of Star Media Group’s WOW – Women do Wonders campaign to celebrate women.

Apart from the workshop, the Fiesta will showcase more than 100 women entrepreneurs selling products related to beauty, fashion, food, education, wealth and household appliances.

Visitors can also listen to inspiring talks throughout the two days.The Fiesta will also feature inte­resting talks, workshops and activities for women that celebrate wo­­men’s voices and highlight their inspiring stories of trials, hope and success in their professional and personal everyday lives.

On March 16, celebrity entrepreneur Chui Ling will be sharing tips on how women can build their wealth in her session entitled “Unlock­ing Your Financial Power” while La Juiceria founder and managing director Anabelle Co-Martinent will share her empowering journey of starting her own business from scratch in the talk, “Living Life On Your Own Terms”.

In “What No One In Business Will Ever Tell You” on March 17, a line-up of women entrepreneurs will share frank insights on the challenges they faced starting out and running their businesses.

They are the founders of social enterprise The Picha Project - Lee Swee Lin, Lim Yuet Kim, Suzanne Ling; co-founder of The Accidental Bakers, Ee-Lyn Tan, co-founder of fashion brand Mimpikita, Nurul Afidah and founder of fitness apparel brand Ash Be Nimble, Hui Matthews.

There will also be two health talks – “Keeping Abreast of Breast Health” by consultant breast and oncoplastic surgeon Dr Tan Gie Hooi and “Screening Preconceptions and Be­­yond” by Dr Jaspal Singh Sachdev, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, both from ParkCity Medical Centre.

Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care and Bursa Malaysia Bhd are the campaign sponsors of The Star’s WOW – Women do Wonders campaign. For details, go to http://Bit.ly/thestarwowfiesta.


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