Cassandra (Cassie) has been practicing Krav Maga for over 3 years and is in the process of solidifying her instructor rank. She has passion for Krav Maga that threads through both her personal and professional endeavors. Taking her personal experience in Krav Maga training and her professional experiences, she is developing Violence Prevention/Self-Defense Workshops. Cassandra is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Bridge to Freedom Foundation (BTFF), a national non-profit which seeks to assist survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery in their transition out of oppression and into thriving, well-rounded lives.
Cassandra needs your support in order to complete her certification and put her Krav Maga skills to positive use by teaching Violence Prevention/Self-Defense Workshops. You can read more about these workshops below. The road to certification is extremely difficult - physically, mentally, and financially - and has not been free of obstacles. She is recovering from a knee injury sustained during the training, and is also struggling to cover the costs for what is an expensive certification process. Although she could have obtained a cheaper and shorter certification elsewhere, she chose to go train with the best and most renowned Krav Maga organization in the world. It is a personal mission to pass these skills on to others that need them and your donation could help her get there.
This is a breakdown-down of the necessary funds:
Instructor Certification: $3,650
Instructor Licensing for one year: $600 ($50/month)
Funds towards attending a required G Camp for final level testing in order to solidify instructor rank: $600 (registration, flight, hotel)
*Any donation will help Cassandra reach her goal, and ultimate help others. She is excited to bring the empowerment of Krav Maga to survivors and continue to train other survivors of abuse and at-risk populations around the country.
Violence Prevention / Self-Defense Workshops
These Violence Prevention/Self-Defense Workshops are meant to guide and assist survivors of modern slavery in both their physical and mental empowerment. The workshops will all be led by Cassandra, who in addition to her daily activism in the fight against modern slavery, has also worked tirelessly over the last few years training in Krav Maga. Recognized by her instructor, Nick Masi of First Defense Krav Maga, she was asked - and accepted the challenge - to take the difficult path to become an instructor. For survivors of human trafficking, survivors of abuse and at-risk populations, Cassandra is excited to add the empowerment of Krav Maga to her already established programs.
Cassandra is working in partnership with her studio and fellow instructors to provide training around the country to survivors and outreach workers. In addition, Cassandra seeks to train other instructors across the country on how to work with survivors of human trafficking, sexual and physical abuse, recognize the signs of PTSD, RTS, Trauma Triggers and use language appropriate wording in survivor communities.
Key Areas the Program Seeks to address:
- Self Defense to Survivors of Violence and Abuse
- Self Defense to Outreach Workers, Social Workers, and Other Invested Populations
- Provide workshops at partner organizations for survivors to introduce them to self-protection, self-defense, and self-efficancy.
- Educate service providers and mental health care professionals on the positive power of self-defense training in recovery.
- Martial Arts and Krav Maga Instructors: Recognizing and Responding to Survivors in Your School