Our first mission is training female instructors in essential self-defense. We'll support these women as they reach out to their communities and networks making a difference in the stubborn statistics of violence against women.

Operating as usual


COVID-19 has spurred America’s first female recession

Even more reason for us to press forward- #500rising

pbs.org Double-digit unemployment. Increased hours of child care. Lost hours and benefits. In three months, women lost a decade’s worth of economic advancement. How long will it take to catch back up?


Meet the hero nurses who cared for 19 NICU babies during 'terrifying' Hurricane Laura

strong women building strong futures for the next generation-

msn.com A group of nurses from a Louisiana hospital detail how they moved 19 NICU babies to another hospital and then rode out Hurricane Laura.


‘It ruined my life’: School closures in Kenya lead to rise in FGM

Education has been indicated as a key equalizer in the quality of life for women and girls across the planet. When education is unavailable, the lives of girls are particularly impacted. One side-effect of the pandemic with far-reaching impact is the fall-out from education disappearing for the girls who perhaps, need it most. https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/9/18/it-ruined-my-life-school-closures-in-kenya-lead-to-rise-in-fgm
Note: We are cautious about imposing our western culture on other societies at #500rising, recognizing that just because we don't "do that here' doesn't mean a practice lacks value for other people. FMG is recognized as an unnecessary, and medically damaging practice v. a cultural difference.

aljazeera.com With classrooms closed to curb coronavirus, girls are more at risk of FGM, teenage pregnancy and child marriage.

[09/24/20]   Heard a report from Houston on the radio about a stressed realtor who stood at the check-out [convenience store] with a bunch of light bulbs for an open house - and then discovered she had forgotten her wallet. The clerk paid for the light bulbs, roughly 20.00. Pretty much the sum total of what she had left in her checking account. "I paid my bills, have food on my table. I can do this for you". Word got out. People started donating to the clerk. An act of kindness from one woman to another, leaving the clerk penniless until payday - incited other people to step up. She now has roughly 10K. While folks are out there shooting each other, shooting peace officers, burning down buildings, throwing racial slurs and actions of violence because of some irrelevant difference; there are people who are willing to understand we are all human and an act of kindness goes a long way.

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Lisa from Subtle Warrior Self-Defense shares her experience from the inaguaral training event. Aiming for April 2021 for the next Instructional Foundations course. Follow us to stay up to date #500Rising


911 Dispatcher Saves Lives of Baby and 71-Year-Old Man Who Stopped Breathing in One Shift: 'A True Hero'

Well done! May you move forward in the many years life holds for you and change the f89king world! https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/911-dispatcher-saves-lives-of-baby-and-71-year-old-man-who-stopped-breathing-in-one-shift-a-true-hero/ar-BB192h6u

msn.com McKenzie Davis assisted in resuscitating two people in the span of an hour by providing CPR instructions over the phone, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

to a life well lived, to a woman who was unwavering in her commitment to gender equality and who understood friendship should not be determined by political beliefs - thank you for your stand, we are all the better for it -


500Rising traces it's roots back to the unwavering support Eyal Yanilov had for supporting women in training. This goes back a few years to when our founder worked for KMG's Women's Division.


The ➡️Second Instructional Foundations Course ⬅️is being tentatively scheduled for Northern VA -DC Metro area in April 2021 🎯- If you are interested - sound off. We will work with the first responses to establish the best possible dates. This course will be open to participants across the gender spectrum (i.e. gentleman you are welcome to participate).


Poway Teen Creates Global Card Campaign, Spreading Messages of Kindness

Strength and resilience takes many shapes. You GO girl!

msn.com A Poway teen created a card making campaign called Cards4Kindness which has 380 ambassadors located around the world

[08/26/20]   🎯CONTEST!!! (reminder) We need some merch for a dropship option on the 500rising website. We are looking for a new design on T-shirts. I'm sure you've seen the ad on FB for the shirt that reads "underestimate me. that'll be fun" - it's NOT TM'd so I'm up for that one and other ideas for designs. MUST include either:
#500Rising or
In the design. Submissions should be turned in by September 7th. If you WIN - you'll get 2 t-shirts for free & a discount to the next IFWSD course for you (or can be gifted).

[08/14/20]   in case you didn't see it on our community page...
🎯CONTEST!!! We need some merch for a dropship option on the 500rising website. We are looking for a new design on T-shirts. I'm sure you've seen the ad on FB for the shirt that reads "underestimate me. that'll be fun" - it's NOT TM'd so I'm up for that one and other ideas for designs. MUST include either:
#500Rising or
In the design. Submissions should be turned in by September 7th. If you WIN - you'll get 2 t-shirts for free & a discount to the next IFWSD course for you (or can be gifted).


‎Born to Be a Badass: Roundtable: #500 Rising Training on Apple Podcasts

A huge shout out to Cynthia for doing this episode with us! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/roundtable-500-rising-training/id1477888118?i=1000486936051

podcasts.apple.com ‎Show Born to Be a Badass, Ep Roundtable: #500 Rising Training - Aug 3, 2020


Connie Culp, first face-transplant recipient in U.S. dies at 57

Strength takes many forms. Resilience in the aftermath of violence has many ways of representing. Here is one, particularly powerful expression of both strength and resilience. May she know for eternity she set a powerful standard for the rest of us: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/connie-culp-first-face-transplant-recipient-u-s-dies-57-n1235578

nbcnews.com Connie Culp, who had been shot in the face by her husband, became the longest-living face transplant patient to date, said Dr. Frank Papay of the Cleveland Clinic.


Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Greatest Female Sniper of All Time

Suspend your politics & your biases about governments. This woman represents what we mean at 500Rising when we say we stand on strong shoulders of women who have gone before us...in creating change:

getpocket.com With 309 confirmed kills, she became a heroic figure to the Soviets—but the American media didn't know what to make of her.


I Illustrated These 24 Women Of Different Body Types As Powerful Warriors

We need more of this -

boredpanda.com I wanted to depict strong women warriors who do not necessarily look like the typical warrior. With different sizes, ages, and body types, each one feels like she has a rich backstory and history.

Nicely done, Tia Keck-

“Is it safe to run with headphones?”

First, you can’t completely eliminate risk. Running headphones-free won’t guarantee your safety.

We want you to identify and understand potential risks so you can make informed decisions based on your goals.

So, let’s reframe that question:

“Weighing the benefit of running with music against the potential harms, should I wear headphones?”

You’ll want to consider personal and environmental factors:

⭐️ How much does music enhance your workout?

⭐️ Is it too crowded to notice someone getting too close?

⭐️ Would the intensity of this workout make it difficult to fight back?

⭐️ Do you know anyone who might act violently towards you?

What other questions would YOU add?


Shifting a Paradigm

Thank you Lisa Abbott with #subtlewarriorselfdefense for standing with us!

subtlewarrior.blogspot.com Recently I got to do some training in June and July. Training really isn't the right word in my opinion. Training brings to mind physi...

thank-you Lisa Abbott!

Headed home from Instructional Foundations for #500Rising. Amazing group, amazing goals. So honored to be a part of this epic shift. ❤

Three long days & a day’s worth of homework required in advance. Deep dive conversation, physical principle based skill assessment, teaching practicals in front of your peers (maybe the most uncomfortable part of all)...what does that equate to? Four Level 1 500Rising Law Enforcement Certified Instructors changing the face of law enforcement through education, training and service committed to changing the statistics of violence against women.

[06/21/20]   To all the men who have stood for the daughters who grow into powerful women - Happy Father's Day. And for the men who stand with their sons teaching them to stand shoulder to shoulder with the women who will be their allies - Happy Father's Day.

for all our kids - and for our girls - research shows boys are encouraged to take risks and girls are cautioned to be careful. Let's do this instead. Let's take risks. And for all the girls who are now women - instead of feeling fear -ask YOURSELF these questions. Have a plan & live boldly.

Every time you want to say “Be Careful!” see it as an opportunity to help your child foster greater awareness of their environment and their bodies.

in 3 Days I'm on a plane - which may sound like a risk with all the virus issues. Life occasionally calls for us to take a stand in the face of risk to be part of an unprecedented reality. Unprecedented change in unprecedented times. I'm in.

Instructional Foundations Course - is next week! #500Rising



[06/04/20]   To all Instructional Foundations participants! 🥊A prep email went out today. It comes from a Google Suite account so be sure to check your social/promotions folders if you don't have it in your standard inbox!💙 It has the link to your online course material as well as other info.


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Use the force, girlfriend!

This is not a “down with patriarchy” conversation. Important to say that because it might be easy to drift into the polarizing feminist narratives in the words that follow. Easy to fall that way to disagree and easy to fall that way in support. There is a gender bent to the words and I am clear this is not unilaterally a gender based dynamic.

Here we go.

There is an abiding social script, an unspoken expectation in martial and combat arts reflecting the rules around achievement. When a practitioner reaches a milestone, we take a picture with our certificate, our talisman (belt, patch etc.), and our instructor. The pictured instructor may be a high ranking Sensei, a Master, someone representing an international team and/or the local instructor. It may be all of these if they are the same person or the roles may be represented by multiple people.

This is a benchmark moment. Hard training, hours-days-months-years on the mat create this moment. Failures, falls, bruises, struggles, frustrations, dusting it all off to try again. And again. Then it clicks. We fight for this milestone and we earn it. We take this picture and we share it in whatever media format we choose.

In the sharing we give thanks where thanks is due. We write a comment or a hashtag and we express gratitude to our instructors who fought for and with us as we drove our minds and bodies toward this achievement. Thank you to the Master, the Sensei, the instructor for believing in us, for providing the experience and wisdom offered during our journey. Gratitude for guiding us, for not giving up on us … all the things.

When we see a picture of the guy with his new belt, stripe, or rank he is smiling, sweaty, and weary standing next to the strong confident presence of his instructor/master/sensei. We appreciate the gratitude and the humility. If he posted the picture and said “f**k yeah! I KILLED that test. I rock. My hard work got me here…and oh yeah, thanks Sense…” we might twitch a little.

Martial arts and arrogance have a love-hate relationship. We love to hate arrogant students and grind our teeth at Masters who express arrogance and love them anyway. The humility is the script. Give credit to all those instructors, be thankful for the awarded v. earned rank and avoid hubris.

This is not a bad thing. In Alpha-Land humility helps hold the tribe together. In this script, the instructor will often reply with an ‘atta boy. A hearty congrats mentioning the hard work etc. of the student. But we don’t need the instructor to do this. We look at this man who has earned this accomplishment and we know he put in the work. We can see his strength, his power and his drive.

When she makes this post nothing changes. This is the script – thanks and gratitude. This is the way (sorry, couldn’t resist). Below the public script there is also something sneaky and risky and contrary to the point. ... interested in the rest of this post and other writings with #500Rising? join our patreon at Tier 1... https://www.patreon.com/500Rising

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[05/25/20]   may we always remember the women and men who's memory recite:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

thank you!

Lisa Abbott of Subtle Warrior Self-Defense!!!



The Instructional Foundations in WSD course is officially rescheduled. Due to 2 of our participants being outside the U.S. and concerns on border control they have offered their seats in the course up. This means we can take 2 More Registrations and still be in appropriately safe numbers. If you don't make the cut-off and would want to attend - PM us and ask to go on the wait list. If the numbers change and it becomes safe to add a few more bodies to the program, we will pull from the waiting list! 🎯. With the increase in domestic violence in shut-down quarantines, this course is more important than ever. For those enrolled - BOLO an email on safety/health mitigation strategies. Use the link below for all the details if you are considering the course now set for June 22nd.


Failing Up-

500Rising is a beautiful accident. After listening to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B Demille Lifetime Achievement award I wrote her a letter. Well, not really. I wrote a blog post. I was on a rant. She mentioned that the #MeToo movement was a game changer. As a Krav Maga and a Self-Defense instructor, I disagreed.

And I was wrong. Sort of. The me-too business has definitely elevated awareness and an increase in dialogue. I’ve been around a few decades (as in 50) and I have seen movements come and go. Mostly go. I was wrong on the social impact side of #MeToo. I’m still pretty sure I’m not wrong about the movement’s capacity to fundamentally change the statistics of violence against women.

I told Oprah (as if - ) that if she wanted tangible change I needed 500 women. 500 women training and teaching foundational, effective self-defense. Self-Defense focusing on threat assessment, tangible situational awareness, and easy to learn/retain basic physical skills. Once these 500 women were out in their communities teaching, another 500 women would get bitten by the project and also become instructors ... and so on.

Eventually we reach a statistical tipping point. A statistical average by which predators become wary because as they look out across their potential victim pool, aka women, they can assume the majority of woman are hard targets: women who are emotionally, cognitively and physically capable of effectively defending themselves.

We can’t really reduce the Reward in the Risk/Reward ratio for a predator, low level creeper, etc. to give up the hunt. We CAN increase their risk so substantially it just isn’t worth the effort.

Anyway - so that was my rant. A friend at Wolfdog Marketing called me on it. Show up sister. Put your words into action. And so now here we are. Thank you for being part of this community. Rock on with your bad self!

Tammy McCracken,

Founder, #500Rising

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