Badass Jogger Uses Self-Defense Moves to Take Down Her Attacker

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Growing up, I remember my father enrolling me in martial arts at a young age and telling me, "The greatest thing you can ever learn is to protect yourself." As his only child -- and his precious daughter -- I was taught by my dad to embrace my femininity, but I was also warned there could come a day when someone might challenge it ... since women are thought to be "inferior" in many aspects. Hearing the story of Kelly Herron, a Seattle woman who fought against the man who attacked her in a public bathroom while she was out on a run, reiterates to me how important it is for women to learn self-defense tactics. Because as Kelly says, "Not today, motherf*cker!"

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Herron's moves from a self-defense class she learned weeks prior definitely came in handy as the 36-year-old was attacked by a man -- Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old sex offender -- who followed her into a public bathroom in the Golden Gardens park. 

"As I was drying my hands I became aware that something was wrong," she told ABC News. "He immediately took me down to the ground, hit both my knees and legs, and then it was a fight on the bathroom floor and I just kept screaming, 'not today, m***** f*****.'"

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Kelly also recounts how she was able to get to another stall and accidentally jammed the door while trying to shut it with her foot -- resulting in her attacker entering from the side and proceeding to beat her in the face with his hand.

Kicking, screaming, and scratching him in the face, this badass began to put her self-defense moves to use that enabled Kelly to flee her attacker and lock him in the bathroom with the help of a passerby.

So scary!

Thankfully, Kelly is recovering from her encounter and is doing well. Her Instagram post of fighting back is such an empowering message for women that deserves a million likes.

Kelly Herron posts inspiration Instagram message after being attacked
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"My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact," Herron wrote on Instagram.

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Hearing Kelly's story sends chills down my spine for so many reasons. How many times have we heard news stories of women, like Kelly, who were attacked while running -- in broad daylight, no less? And how many times have those stories ended in a sexual assault or some other unthinkable tragedy?

I'm so thankful Kelly was able to think clearly given the situation and fight with so much fearlessness and ferocity like the badass she is.

Sadly, I was once attacked by a man in a convenience store inside a public bus terminal with people around. I was lucky, as the cops were an earshot away, and I can recall that my tussle with the attacker resulted in my being on top of him, throwing every shot I could until the police pulled me off.

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I'm a firm believer that every woman should know how to defend herself (I train in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu weekly). It gives you a wicked boost in strength and confidence, and it's better to have that knowledge in your arsenal to give yourself a fighting chance.

Way to go, Kelly.

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