Testimonials

Keeping women and children safe, Debbie Love does a great interactive Zoom call!

Debi Snow, Atlanta, GA

This woman is amazing and every female - regardless of size or age or intimidation factor should meet with her! What a story! What strength! The self power and fun this woman will bring to you is priceless! 

I hope you know how much you, your strength, your sense of humor and heart & what you have accomplished is respected. 🙏

Mishka Diede, Carlsbad, CA 

You are the best, Debbie Love! I think all of us who grew up in Birmingham and knew Julie were devastated by what happened to her. If you lived in Atlanta, everything that she endured was shared with the people here through our Newspaper. It was a horrifying story. I could not even imagine how her family members could have sat in that Courtroom and listened to the unimaginable things she went through. It affected us all and does today. Thank you for not letting her life be lived with no meaning. Her memory is a blessing to us all. I know you have saved women if not their lives, but by giving them a positive sense of self!! In your talk I listened to just now I thought of all the things I have been unaware of!! Even though I have not seen you since we were kids, I see you as a person who has led her life and will continue to live a life of purpose!! I wish you nothing but the best!!!!!!

Davida Lasely, Atlanta, GA

Great job Debbie! It's awesome you are getting recognized for what you do!

Robert Garcia, The Warrior Strategist, San Diego, CA

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)

What an incredible story about an incredible woman! I've had the pleasure of networking and getting to know Debbie Love over the past few months but didn't know the full story behind why she does what she does.  Well worth the read. Re: http://sdvoyager.com/interview/meet-debbie-love-heads-self-defense-women-solana-beach

Renee Stone, San Diego, CA

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 should be 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, Encinitas, CA

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, Encinitas, CA

You have taken your tragedy and used it to empower so many women. They say that if you save one life it's as though you have saved an entire nation. I can only imagine how many women's lives were spared due to your self-defense instruction. Julie would be very proud of you!

Laura Huvard Cohen, Israel 

WOW just WOW ... beyond impressive!! And "Love" the concept of your exclusively female martial arts studio - genius!

Sue Cohen Freeman, Birmingham, AL

Thank you Debbie for going through what you went through, learning what you learned and being passionate to support so many, as you are doing.

Filippo Voltaggio, Host of The Life Changes Show, Los Angeles

You are an inspiration and motivator for us all! Thanks for all you do to help women.

Blair Brenner, Northbrook, IL

She is a 4th Degree Black Belt and an expert in self-defense for women and children!! She has knowledge about safety and situations that you and I would never consider.  She is amazing and so knowledgeable. I have learned so much. Definitely worth attending and I'm so happy to know her.

Michelle Woods, Vista, CA

Thank you for sharing your powerful story! I'm so glad that my sisters and I were able to attend one of your classes-truly amazing! Thank you!

Donna Weber, Vista, CA

I still live with the nightmares of those days as well. Thank you for turning this into a positive to help so many who could wind up just like Julie.

Cathy Dorsky Rogoff, Birmingham, AL

KNEES AND ELBOWS!  Thanks for all you have done to help women protect themselves!  GOOD JOB and all acknowledgements have been earned!

Barbara Greenberg, Grassy Creek, NC

Debbie's story is amazing!

Her message is powerful!

Robbie Motter, President, Global Society of Female Entrepreneurs (GSFE)

Fantastic!!! EVERYONE should hear you speak, you are an inspiration!!

Nicole Douglas, Oceanside, CA

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

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 for 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, Carlsbad, CA