The Empowered Model

MIND - Psychological

Our hard drive & central processing unit: stores and processes information, knowledge and experience. Enables situational awareness and conducts ongoing threat assessments through analysing information delivered from our key senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and intuition. Continually adapts to each situation and develops a strategic response to potential threats.

BODY - Physical

Our hardware: the physical use of key senses to monitor the environment and identify potential threats. Physically implements the chosen strategy, such as: alternate routes, tactical communication options and fight and/or flight responses. Adapts and utilises the surrounding environment - regardless of confines and including items found within - to gain the advantage and escape a threat.

SPIRIT - Emotional

Our life force: heart and soul, commonly referred to as Prana or Chi (Qi) in yoga and martial arts. Our source of innate strength, courage and will to live - to survive! Assists us to effectively manage any emotional and psychological implications, including post incident.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change!
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Anais Nin
Anais Nin
Writer / Author


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Empowered for Life

It is the ‘101’ of women’s self-defence, safety and survival

Many modern martial art and combat systems focus on the physical aspect of self-defence, with training undertaken in open – obstacle free – environments. Equally important, but often neglected, is not only the psychological and emotional aspect of self-defence, but also training to defend oneself in confined ‘everyday’ environments, such as bedrooms, kitchens, lounge rooms etc. where space is restricted. By addressing all of these elements together, in one system, we are undertaking a holistic approach to personal safety.

  • Suitable for women 12 years old and above
  • Life skills
  • Empowered for Life

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Chapter One
Understanding and managing fear

Chapter Two
Awareness, threat assessments and everyday survival tips

Chapter Three
Close-quarter combat principles for women

Chapter Four
Physical preparation and techniques to deal with a threat

Chapter Five
The use of our body and everyday objects as weapons

Chapter Six
Rural and bush environments – additional considerations

Chapter Seven
Domestic violence prevention strategies

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Anthony Muyt

Anthony Muyt

The Empowered for Life system is the vision of Anthony Muyt, a former Close Quarter Combat, Weapons and Defensive Tactics Instructor with the New South Wales Police Force. Anthony’s extensive enforcement, martial arts, teaching and life experience have helped to develop Empowered for Life into the practical system it is today.

This handbook is not designed to give you all the answers or response to every threat situation you may encounter, it is however, designed to awaken and empower you to successfully be able to do this for yourself.

~ Anthony Muyt

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