Dark-Alley Defense


CrossFit Defense fuses fitness with effective self-defense, teaching physical and psychological strategies for surviving an attack or a tough workout. Hilary Achauer reports.

Many years ago, before kids and CrossFit, I was an amateur boxer. I competed from about 2001 to 2004, and during that time one of the most frequent comments I got was, “Wow, I bet if someone tried to attack you on the street, you’d destroy them.”

“Yeah,” I’d answer, “I totally would if I could first get my headgear, gloves and mouthpiece. They couldn’t hit below the belt or behind the ears.”

In other words, I have no idea how to defend myself.

Boxing is a sport. Other than the fact that I’m more comfortable than most women with the sensation of getting hit in the face, I knew even at the height of my boxing training I’d be fairly useless in a street fight. Boxing is not self-defense.

CrossFit is not self-defense, either. It certainly helps to be strong, fast and agile, but your 200 lb. snatch and flawless butterfly pull-ups are not necessarily going to help if you are taken by surprise in a dark alley.

That’s where the CrossFit Defense, taught by self-defense expert Tony Blauer, comes in. My boxing training had taught me how to throw a punch, and CrossFit had made me an athlete. It was time to learn how to defend myself.

Hilary Achauer