Are you a strong woman?
Are you confident?
Are you street smart?
Even women WITH confidence and street smarts need to know self defense!
Not everyone we meet thinks they are a candidate!
Check out this handy #infographic to see who you should invite to join you for the next self defense class!
For ALL women (and girls) we have developed a self defense division of Strand Security.
To learn more about our very important ‘WHY’, read this!
Our class in September was so fun!
Now we are gearing up for the next two classes!
Contact Heather at 843-318-1192 to sign up for either of these classes. Payment is due upon registration.
All classes are held at Karate World in Surfside Beach!
We have written several articles about self defense and reading this might help safe your life!
Don’t hesitate to read!
Don’t forget to connect with Heather of Myrtle Beach Self Defense; call her at 843-318-1192 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of us don’t even want to think about it – but reality is that we can be in a scary and dangerous situation in the blink of an eye! Be prepared, knowing how to defend yourself, can mean the difference between life – or death.
More often than not, when presented with a dangerous situation, instincts kick in. Muscle memory takes over and we act without thinking rationally.
Learning self defense moves; meaning not just understanding and watching a video but training your muscles so when placed in a dangerous situation your body will remember how to kick, push, punch, pull, drop, scrape etc. can really up your chances of survival in a real-life situation!
Heather credits her survival during an armed robbery to the self defense classes she took year prior in high school. Her instincts kicked in when presented with a gun in her face and even though she was scared, frightened and in deep trouble, she remembered a few important lessons and her muscles remembered how to defend! She kicked, punched and fought her way out – ultimately surviving because of that knowledge she had. Heather is convinced the man that was holding her at gunpoint had nothing good in mind and would have killed her given the chance.
We’ve turned something bad into something really great; Myrtle Beach Self Defense is a direct result of this armed assault!
We now offer monthly scheduled classes in Murrells Inlet at Homewatch Caregivers!
Just to give you an idea of who these classes are for… check out these fab pictures!
In a recent video, Heather of Strand Security and Amos, our self defense instructor, show us 3 self defense moves.
Arent’ these moves cool?
Our next self defense classes are scheduled for
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In the meantime, come check out and ‘like’ our Facebook Page for the latest self defense tips, updates and class schedules!
These classes are FREE of charge for customers of Strand Security and caregivers of Homewatch Caregivers.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t know ‘how we will react’ until we are attacked.
You can never really completely prepare for the unexpected – but you can practice!
Personal safety is a huge concern and should be on top of your list of things to ‘prepare for”.
This list should also include
So how will you react when attacked?
Heather of Strand Security was held at gunpoint during a store robbery.
What she did was…FIGHT!
Her message to all of us is very clear.
NEVER GIVE UP
There is always something you can do, there is always a way to fight.
She learned this in high school during a self-defense class; she credits this class, and the knowledge she received, with saving her life during the armed robbery!
You know what else she’s doing?
Just last week, Strand Security announced their next Self Defense Class!
On Dec. 3, you need to be there with us, so can be prepared should you ever be attacked.
Listen to, and watch, this video; both Heather and Dorien talk about why this self-defense class is so important and they each give you ONE THING they learned from the last class they took!
Don’t YOU want to know what to do when attacked, and practice those moves in a safe environment?
Join us on Saturday December 3 for the next self defense class.
If you don’t want to go alone, we get that, too!
Grab a friend and sign up for our next class and if you don’t know whom to ask, check out this AWESOME list of people in your life who need self-defense!
Here is the info to sign up.
We can’t wait to see you on Saturday December 3 in Murrells Inlet!
Just in case you missed it…
Strand Security made the local news (as in – we were on TV!) last Wednesday May 4, 2016 when Erin MacPherson of WPDE News 15 came out for an interview with Heather of Strand Security!
Here is the video that is posted to their website!
Heather Bryant of Strand Security was held at gunpoint but fought back, fought free and survived.
Years later, after years of therapy as she tell it in the TV interview, she is still fighting, but this time it’s YOUR LIFE she is fighting for.
Heather credits her survival to knowing a bit of martial arts and taking a self-defense class way back in high school. Lessons she’d learned a long time ago came back and helped her when she needed it most.
She now is on a mission to bring self-defense to anyone who wants to learn.
She’s teamed up with a local Myrtle Beach martial arts expert Amos Collins to bring self classes to the Grand Strand community!
The first class will take place on Saturday May 21, and sign up for the June class is already in motion as well.
Who are these self-defense classes for?
This self-defense class is for everyone, but check out 7 People In Your Life Who Need To Know Self-Defense if you THINK you don’t know anyone who could use this 3 hour self-defense seminar!
We’d love to see you along with your neighbor, friend, colleague, family, or teenager!
Sign up for the self-defense class right here!
Did we mention yet that this class is FREE for any residential or commercial customers of Strand Security?
Yes it is!
We want all of our customers to be safe and secure.
YOUR SECURITY (AND SAFETY). OUR BUSINESS!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you felt uncomfortable, or scared? Someone might have been approaching you and you just weren’t sure what to do or how to handle it?
What if that happened and you were with a loved one? How about with a young child, your teenager or your aging parent?
Wouldn’t you want to protect them?
If you’ve ever flown in an airplane you know the emergency drill; in case of emergency, always put on your own oxygen mask first, before helping those sitting near you, because what good are you to anyone if you can’t breathe yourself!
The same is true for personal safety.
How can you protect your small child, your teenager, your spouse or your aging parent, if you don’t know how to take care of yourself in a hairy (and scary) situation?
We highly recommend everyone take a self-defense class at some point in their life, preferably BEFORE they are attacked!
This is personal to us; read Heather’s Story here.
So who really should be taking a self-defense class?
Here they are, along with the reasons why they are more vulnerable than other people.
Teenagers think they are invincible. They are often very self-centered and do not look around in crowds. They need to know self-defense as they start to spend more time away from their parents, coaches and the adults in their life. They are embarking one new adventures and they need to become self-reliant. Knowing some basic self-defense moves is an important step!
Elderly people are often victims of robberies in parking lots and home burglaries. Knowing self-defense moves can help someone survive and fight back when needed. Just knowing basics do’s and don’ts and a move or two will have them be more confident if ever confronted with a bad situation.
Many burglaries and attacks are premeditated. Someone living alone is an easy target for someone looking for an easy victim. Just for that reason alone, you should encourage your single friend(s) to take a basic self-defense class. Better be safe than sorry!
If you know someone who likes to run (or bike) on their own, especially early in the morning, please encourage them to take a self-defense class. Other precautions include to never run with headphones and run with a friend whenever possible.
Have you ever thought about the freedom a new driver has? We don’t mean the freedom to drive anywhere they want, but the freedom to drive anywhere they want, alone! Many new drivers venture out to the mall alone for the first time, to the movies to meet a friend, or to the grocery store. Whereas before they were driven so they would arrive in a pack of two (or three or more) a new driver is alone, often for the first time ever! Easy target…!
Sending your teenager off to college is stressful. Worrying about their safety daily can break you. Please, if you know a college student, encourage them to learn self-defense! You’ll sleep better and they will be much better off in case an attack happens.
If you’ve been busy thinking about who should be taking up self-defense, do not forget about yourself! You can not ever help someone else if you do not know how to react in case of an emergency yourself.
Learn what to do, what not to do, how to fight, how to run, how to attract attention and more.
Are you ready?
Are you in the Myrtle Beach area?
…and if you’d like a home security system installed, don’t forget to give us a call.
My name name is Heather Bryant and my husband and I own Strand Security, a residential and commercial security alarm systems company. I’m blessed to work with an amazing team and we appreciate our many loyal customers from Maryland to Hilton Head, South Carolina (and everywhere in between).
I want to share with you my very personal story about an armed robbery, in hope of bringing awareness to the importance of security and self-defense. It has taken me almost six years to get to this point – being able to tell my story without breaking down. I know it’s time to share it with you though, so that even if only ONE person can learn enough to survive an armed attack, it’s all worth it.
Approximately six years ago, I was a manager at a glass front boutique in a metropolitan city. It was a corporate-owned store. As a manager, I was responsible for my employees as we often worked in shifts, all alone in the store. I felt responsible for their safety. I approached corporate to request security cameras and a panic button for the safety of my employees and myself, but there was a lot of red tape. I even suggested that my husband’s alarm company (in Maryland at the time) would donate security cameras and an alarm system with a panic button.
Please note: I didn’t go to corporate on a whim. I requested these systems for one important reason. There had been recent armed robberies in our area, one at a jewelry store only two doors down from my boutique. I felt unsafe at work.
My requests for an alarm system, security cameras and a panic button were denied.
Then one day, shortly after 5:20 PM, a man walked in my store and put a gun to my chest, demanding money.
I explained I had to place my fingerprint on the register to actually open it. Ironically, corporate had a fancy fingerprint reader to keep track of employees, but no button to protect employees in the event of an armed robbery. The attacker thought it was a panic button. Oh, I could only wish!
It took me a while to convince him that the only way I could give him money was to put my finger on the device. He finally allowed me to place my finger on the reader. I bagged up the cash and rolled coins for my attacker. I put all the money in a carrying bag and handed it over to him.
I remember thinking ‘he’s going to leave now’ as it was still daylight.
He didn’t leave.
He told me to shut my mouth, cursed at me. He told me I was going to go back into the stock room. At this point, I pretended to go along with his crazy idea. I had no idea how to get out of this situation and only had a few seconds to think of something.
One thing that came to mind was I would rather be shot in the store where anyone walking by may see me versus back in a tiny stock room with no windows or doors, no way to escape. I was not going in that stock room with this man and his gun. Period.
I acted like I was going to open the stock room door. I knew he would have to take the gun off of my chest at that moment. As he removed the gun while I pretended to open the stockroom, I threw a wood and metal display case over his head.
He dropped to his knees.
Money scattered all over the floor.
The gun was no longer in his hand.
My attacker was now furious with me. I fought with everything I had in me. I hoped that if I could just make it to the middle of my store, someone would see us. I kept fighting for my life.
It seemed like forever but finally I made it to the middle of the store. At this point, my attacker wasn’t stopping but neither was I.
My savior was a deaf woman who peered in through the window of my store and spooked my attacker as she knocked on the glass. Turns out she’d felt the vibrations of the shelves being knocked down and the shuffle that ensued. My attacker grabbed his gun from the floor, left the money and told me he would be back for me as he ran out the door.
The police were able to gather enough evidence to make an arrest. He served time.
I know with my all heart that knowing and using self-defense helped me survive this attack. I also give thanks to God for sending the deaf woman to my aid that day.
Protect those in your care, but first things first.
• Learn to protect yourself.
• Take a self-defense class.
• Know what to do when you are attacked.
Once you know how to survive, you can help protect your loved ones.
Employers; It’s your responsibility to make sure you are doing your best to protect your employees. We at Strand Security will help you with this!
Employees; It’s your responsibility to make sure you’re doing your part; take a self-defense class.
I would be lying if I said this attack still doesn’t haunt me. I had a great therapist help me work through this. Crowds and loud noises don’t bother me as much.
I’m not afraid anymore because I refuse to live in fear. I am resolved to share my story of survival to help others survive.
I am now helping others be safe. I’m an advocate in our community for security in businesses and Strand Security has teamed up with a local martial art expert to teach a self-defense class to anyone in our community who wants to learn.
Thanks for reading.