• Yehudit Sidikman

Windows of Opportunity



One of the lessons in the MyPwr App is about looking for Windows of Opportunity.

Windows of Opportunity are so vast and varied that there is really no simple way to teach what they might be or where you might find them.

They could be an exit to leave. A bystander to call for help. An unprotected face. Or a sentence that can change the mind of an offender.

So how can we teach this?


Well, we can teach this by engaging a person's creativity. And we teach it by letting them practice asking questions.

Well, we can teach this by engaging a person's creativity. And we teach it by letting them practice asking questions:


What's going on here?

Is there danger? Or is this just irritating? Somewhere in between?

Is there someone who can help? Or do I need to be concerned that there are more who might want to harm?

When it comes to practicing physical skills, we know that the more you practice, the more the skill becomes yours.

Think about riding a bicycle.

That first time was probably wobbly and scary, and chances are, you were not at all sure you wanted to do it.

But the more you practiced, the more you felt confident.


At some point, if you continued, you most likely forgot the wobbly and scary stage. And, if you really got into it, you built confidence and maybe tried some more advanced skills like popping a wheelie or riding with no hands.

At some point, if you continued, you most likely forgot the wobbly and scary stage.

And, if you really got into it, you built confidence and maybe tried some more advanced skills like popping a wheelie or riding with no hands.

No matter what, the bicycle riding skill set became yours.

Forty years after the last time you ever got on a bike, you might be back to wobbly and scary, and yet, your body, most likely, will show you how much it remembers.

As someone who has gotten back on a bike at age 57, I can attest to this.


I even remembered how to change a flat.

We believe that having more tools means having more options.


Knowing how to use them means they are accessible. Practicing allows them to be available when needed.

Empowerment Self Defense is all about learning new tools and skills, practicing them, and expanding your personal safety toolbox.


Tell me about a skill set that became yours after a lot of practice.

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