Smart Girl Self Defense by Mike and Heather Winkeljohn

Self Defense in Albuquerque, NM for women and girls ages 14 to you're only as old as you feel. Psychological and technique based self defense

Smart Girl Self Defense offers quarterly courses and classes on request. Level 1 focuses on the basis on intuition and why it's critical to survival. Leave with knowledge of practical, self defense skills. Level 2 teaches ladies the importance of what it takes to be a survivor and what attributes survivors have. Learn ground defense skills and how to avoid freezing during an attack. Also learn how to avoid a knife attack. Group discounts offered. Prizes and raffles! Must pre-register!Course includes discussion with Forensic Psychologist, detective and instruction with world renowned MMA Coach Mike Winkeljohn.

Operating as usual

2021 is finally here. 💥

This goes out to all our smart, empowered, strong and badass women out there! What are some of your 2021 goals that you're going to crush this year? #SmartGirl #JacksonWinkMMA #NewYear

Just a #SmartGirl in action 💥

#JacksonWinkMMA #SelfDefense

From our #SmartGirl & #JacksonWinkMMA family to yours, we hope everyone has a safe, healthy and relaxed holiday season! 🖤

Meet Coach Wink!

He is a 3x World Champion Kickboxer 🤯
He was a bit of a problem kid, so he got into karate early where he was able to channel his energy. At the age of 21, he started his own gym where he trained boxers and kickboxers.

Years later, he met Greg Jackson & together they formed a partnership and formula that has helped create the world-renowned training facility, Jackson Wink Academy! JacksonWink MMA

Fighters from all over the world come to live & train at the academy. It’s home to many champions like Holly Holm, Jon "Bones" Jones, Carlos Condit, Michelle Waterson and more! #DidYouKnow #JacksonWinkMMA #SmartGirl

Inside Look: Smart Girl Self Defense

Who we are. What we do. Why we do it.

Get an inside look at Smart Girl Self Defense - an immersive training class designed by Heather & Mike Winkeljohn to empower women to defend themselevs. #SmartGirl

Meet Heather Winkeljohn 👊

She’s one of the masterminds behind #SmartGirlSelfDefense! She has degrees in Education & Psychology and is currently pursuing her nursing degree. She learned American Kenpo Karate - which is some of the training you’ll learn in our SGSD classes - and she’s working on her black belt, too!

Is there anything she can’t do?!

She began her self defense career in the 90s & is passionate about teaching young girls & women the basic and practical tips needed for defending themselves to this day!

#SmartGirlSelfDefense #JacksonWinkMMA #GirlPower

Have the courage to defend yourself, your boundaries and your loved ones no matter what. Be confident. Be smart.

#SmartGirl #SafetyTips #JacksonWinkMMA

Don't be fragile like a flower. Be fragile like a bomb! 💣

Comment below on what you're doing to stay fit, active, and alert! #SmartGirl #JacksonWinkMMA

Here’s your start-of-the-week reminder that you got this! #SmartGirl

Just a couple of #SmartGirls 👊

📸: @jelubi

Tip #3: Learn how to break the rules!

It may not be nice to say “no” to the male coworker who offers to give you a ride somewhere (even if he creeps you out), but go with your gut! Don’t worry about hurting someone else’s feelings if you’re not completely comfortable.

Some situations may require you to literally run away. Don’t feel like you’ll appear weird or odd if you run. Do whatever you can to escape a situation where you’re uncomfortable and learn how to break the rules to remain safe. #SafetyTips #SmartGirl #JacksonWinkMMA

If you’re like us, you’re going crazy in #quarantine. What are you doing to stay sharp, in shape & alert? Tell us in the comments below. #JacksonWinkMMA #SmartGirl

We also hope you had a great Thanksgiving— however you celebrated. 🖤

Tip #2: Don’t give out information about you or your family

People love to brag about their kids, their families, their travels (we’re all guilty!) but sometimes this can put information into the wrong hands. Always be aware what information you share and where – even bumper stickers that can let predators know where your children go to school.

Another thing to be very careful of is how much you share on social media. You can geo-tag just about any location, at any time, for anyone to see. Even if your profile is private, your bio information or photos you share can be seen by those who don’t follow you. Always be mindful! #SmartGirl #BePrepared #SafetyTips

Take a look at some shots from last week’s #SmartGirl Self Defense class. These women crushed it! Who’s next? #JacksonWinkMMA

Tip #1: Know your exits & escapes

Always take a couple of minutes to scan your environment for threats. If you're indoors, always know where your exits are. Any cause for sudden panic in a public setting can have people stampeding at a main exit. Knowing where the other exits are located can save your life. Look for other ways to get out that don’t follow the crowd: windows, back doors, etc.

In your home, this is just as important. Have an escape plan for your family and kids (places to hide, like crawls paces for example). If you're in your car, the same thought process applies. Is there a dead end that you could be forced into? Is there space around your car, to allow you to move forward, back? For this reason, when you pull up to a light, always allow enough space between you and the car in front of you, so you can move if you need to.

The ways you find out of a situation are not always going to be obvious or conventional, but they could save your life. You have to think outside of the box. #SmartGirl #BePrepared #SafetyTips

Get your game face on!

Our #SmartGirl self defense class starts this afternoon at 4. We have a couple last-minute spots left. Who wants them? #JacksonWinkMMA

ICYMI: We're getting a group of awesome women together tomorrow for our next Smart Girl Self Defense class. Spots are limited due to COVID, so register now. Let's do this!

Register here:

#SmartGirl #JacksonWinkMMA


Smart Girl Self Defense wants to encourage every woman to find their own superpower — starting with their ability to protect themselves! Learn tips, tricks and the training you need stay alert and safe in everyday and crisis situations. Find your #GirlPower with us!

Register for our next class, this Friday, here:

at the link in our bio! #SmartGirl #JacksonWinkMMA

Stay prepared. Get empowered.

We’re looking for women & girls 12+ of all physical abilities to come join us in ONE WEEK for our Smart Girl Self Defense class. Lead by Mike & Heather Winkeljohn of JacksonWink MMA— you’ll learn the tips, tricks and skills you need to always be alert and safe.

Are you ready to invest in you? #GetEmpowered #SmartGirl

Calling all women!

Join us for our next Smart Girl Self Defense class Friday, November 13 from 4 to 9 PM. Spots are limited— we’re following new procedures due to COVID-19 to make sure you’re safe & sanitized while taking the class.

Learn more & register now here: #SmartGirl #GetEmpowered

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Covid isn't helping our crime problem.
We are ready. August 14th, Friday 4pm to 9pm at Wink's JW Gym. We will have a NEW CoVid 19 safe format. Space will be very limited so don't wait. See link in bio to register.
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55 more NM emboldened girls and women.
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Two more days until class! Get ready for an epic Friday evening!! 2 spots left.
We are lOOking forward to it!
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#lifechanging #skills #march6

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North Carolina girl wrestler dominates boys to become first ever female state champion

Yay!! Way to go! Heaven Fitch became the first girl to win a North Carolina High School Athletic Association individual wrestling state championship last weekend in Greensboro.

Join us MARCH 6th, Friday, 4 to 9pm at Wink's JW Gym. Register at Special guests @qprodefense will be in the house!
Self Defense helps you and those around you!
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Girl Power 🌻🌼

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Girls take the mat in first ever New Mexico state wrestling tournament This weekend marks the first year girls wrestling holds a sanctioned state tournament.

Teach Your Daughters to Hit People Who Touch Them If you don’t like it, teach your kids the proper way to act.

In the words of Coach Wink @mmacoachwink " Grab a finger and take it home " 🤓
Next class is March 6th. Register at link in bio. #smartgirlselfdefense #winksjwgym

Register today for our March 6th class. Our class is geared towards girls and women of all abilities. See link in bio!
#march2020 #smartgirlselfdefense #winksjwgym #newmexicogirls #jacksonwinkmma

Our students range in age from 12 to 80! Everyone walks away with skills. Get registered for our March class! See link in bio!
#skillshare #staystrong #stayfocused #staysafe #smartgirlselfdefense #winksjwgym #jacksonwinkmma
@mmacoachwink @heatherwink71 @winksjwgym

Trump signs executive order creating task force on missing and murdered Native Americans

Such an important issue! The executive order comes after Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan on Friday to address the crisis

Quick and sassy!

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Tough little Wing Chun girl ☯@karatebeijing

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#girlpower #toughcookie #smartgirl #smartgirlselfdefense #winksjwgym

Don't miss us at this amazing conference @nmempowered. Two days of events to bring awareness to sexual assault, sex trafficking, and domestic violence. We will present on Saturday with our friends at @qprodefense. Saturday night will be filled with a fashion show and dinner. Sunday is yoga, and motivational presentations. New Mexico has needed this. @nmdoh @cityofalbuquerque
#nmempowered #strongwomen
#selfdefense #awareness #winksjwgym #jacksonwinkmma

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