We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Mahloch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, how does your business help the community?
My goal is to empower women to be able to handle physical threats of harm and give women a skill set to respond in a variety of real-life situations. When 1 in 3 women are likely to become the victim of gender-based violence, aggression towards women has become pervasive and normalized. I want to have a positive impact on the safety of women and girls by ensuring that my self-defense method is accessible to as many people as possible.
Derived from my diverse background in martial arts and life experience, I believe that self-defense should be considered a self-care tool. Developed specifically for women, my program incorporates breathing and visualization, along with targeted technical training to grow strength, confidence, and awareness.
One of the things that sets me apart in the health and wellness industry is that I present self-defense to women as a healing and preventive practice that compliments other self-care routines. Empowerment through self-defense/awareness training allows women learn skills and release internal rage, fear, or uncertainty by using their voice and natural physical strengths.
Everyone agrees that the solution to gender-based violence is prevention and I believe that self-defense training is a part of the solution. However, access to practical training can be difficult, and women are often hesitant to proactively seek it out. Taught mostly by male dominated organizations, it can also be incredibly difficult for women to share personal experiences with an instructor who cannot relate to the challenges that women face every day. It takes preparation, planning and practice to learn how to manage or avoid any type of uncomfortable confrontation or physical attack, and my program gives woman support in the right environment to do this.
I often hear, “I wish I would have had access to this kind of training when I was in school.”. I took this feedback and now, starting as early as age 5, the Battle Girl early intervention program introduces young girls to basic personal safety concepts like self-awareness and the importance of using your voice to set boundaries. After age 12, Battle Woman offers strategies for managing situations that can occur in daily life and provides the opportunity to practice and develop technical skills.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What keeps me busy professionally is teaching classes and sharing my passion with as many people as I can every day. I advise many women who have experienced aggression but didn’t know how to handle it or how to shed the trauma experience afterwards. I hear a lot of questions, make suggestions about what to do in various situations, and assure women that they have the right to speak up and defend themselves verbally and physically, if necessary. I also personally train daily, so I can have a clear head to be an effective mentor for others.
Currently, I teach in-person public group classes, private and semi-private lessons, as well as customized private group seminars for adults in Boulder, Denver, and surrounding areas.
Because early intervention is critical in reducing the statistics related to revictimization, I am offering several special seminars for young girls, ages 5-9 and 10-14 throughout the summer in Boulder. I will be offering more youth classes over time as I build the instructor training program which will allow the method to grow.
Information and registration can be easily found on my website.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Colorado has a reputation for winter sports, but I believe its best kept secrets are in the summer months. I’m usually most excited to show friends my favorite places to visit around my hometown of Boulder, which is packed with outdoor activities. There are hundreds of miles of hiking, walking, biking, climbing, dog friendly trails, water sports and amazing views. You can’t lose if you just leave your door and press play. No trip is complete without walking along the Boulder Creek Path (remember we tube to work each year), a visit to the farmers market and a stroll on the Pearl Street Mall.
There are creative and truly delicious food options that source meat and produce from our local farms, and flavorful craft beverages at the various coffee houses and breweries/distilleries. Even I have my own sour cherry tree that I harvest massive amounts of fruit from each year.
I have to give Denver a big shout out as well. A very welcoming city, it has something for everyone. Whether it’s food, art, sports, nature, or just great people, I always have a blast! I love the summer concerts at the Denver Botanical Gardens, hanging out in RINO, and the theatre district never disappoints.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could name countless individuals including my parents, friends and teachers who have supported and encouraged me unconditionally. But this shout out is for my children, Jackson, Leo and Lorelei who think I am a superhero. Without their neurodiverse and creative minds, I would not have become Battle Mom or founded Battle Woman and Battle Girl self-defense.