I’ve always loved the discipline of the martial arts — from the self-defense aspect to the amazing workout. What I haven’t always loved was feeling intimidated in a martial arts class with a group of mixed gender and abilities. Enter Heads Up! Debbie Love offers up women only karate and self-defense training. It’s exactly what I have been seeking.

There is no better time than now to honor women’s empowerment with just that — power. This includes the mental, spiritual and physical power needed to help protect ourselves and our beloved sisters, mothers, cousins, friends and colleagues.

I’ve been fortunate enough to take private lessons with Love, a five-foot-tall Black Belt, who initially learned the martial arts in a full room of men so she could protect a world full of women. And that is exactly what she is doing. Help her mission and help protect all the females in your life.
Self-defense should be a mindset and learned early on, so it becomes ingrained in us early on.

You’ll love taking classes at Heads Up! Love’s authenticity, passion and patience help make a challenging art a mindful experience. I always leave invigorated and, yes, wanting every woman to take her classes and attend her lectures.

Elaine Russo, Publisher of Natural Awakenings (San Diego Edition)

Teens believe nothing will happen to them. They also believe they can protect themselves because they participate in a sport. These untruths are the reason why self defense is part of the standards in the high school Physical Education/Health curriculum.

Debbie Love relates to teens through her experience and size. Her direct approach, honesty, and proven techniques are easy to watch and inspire teens to engage in active practice. Debbie explains what to look for and be aware of as a female alone, who may encounter potential dangers. The students always request that Debbie return to our class as they have endless questions and scenarios she works through with them.
Deb Abrahamson, San Dieguito High School Academy

Debbie! I can only sing praises of how great you were and how much the kids enjoyed it! So many of them in my Sunday school class raved about Karate and showed me their proper fists. You were an absolute joy to have as a coach and we will of course, keep you in mind for any events that may come up!

Thank you again for being awesome and and sharing your knowledge of something you love with the littles. You are greatly appreciated for all your hard work at KidsGames! You are always welcome on our campus and to our church. See you soon!
Catherine McGrath, North Coast Calvary Church


I took Debbie Love’s introductory course one afternoon when she was in Atlanta. It was a real eye-opener. In a short time I learned several methods to get out of a bad situation. Debbie is petite, powerful and resourceful. She outsmarted and overpowered a man who was twice her size and half her age. I would feel safe in any situation using Debbie’s self defense techniques.

Linda Rosenbaum, Atlanta, GA

I believe self-defense is important to learn.  At this age we are so susceptible to influences so we are the most vulnerable (especially as a female). Self defense is important for everyone to learn, so learning it in a PE class during the school day is an excellent way to get the information and practice! Letting girls ask about situations and moves really helped the class get answers. Overall, learning self defense is a smart idea and helps young girls to protect themselves.

Words of a 14 year old girl from one of Debbie’s Heads Up! Classes

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