Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Offering: Women’s Self-Defense
Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
EMPOWERED Fitness & Self-Defense
A practitioner of martial arts since 2001, Michele Moore realized at some point that most women and teen girls lack know-how when it comes to self-defense. To remedy this, she started EMPOWERED Fitness & Self-Defense as a side project out of a local dojo. There, she began teaching female students not only how to react during a confrontation, but how to avoid confrontations in the first place. Today, she operates out of a variety of locations around the Portland metro area, from gyms to parks. During private lessons, four-week programs, and monthly seminars, ladies learn how recognize and deal with potential threats, as well as how to discern between media-fueled hype and realistic situations in which crimes can occur. They'll also become competent in physical self-defense techniques so they can feel confident and at ease without having to carry a samurai sword everywhere.
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