SEVA Martial Science Center helps fight domestic violence rates in Texas

According to the National Resource Center, between 600,000 and six million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and with October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, a new martial arts business is helping those women fight back.

Seva, means 'selfless service,' and that's exactly what the owners of the new martial arts science center set out to teach in thei


grand opening,

"We want to be different in the community, because we're basically teaching martial science here." Owner


Barry Vanover said. "Martial science is a science behind defending yourself, the science behind martial arts."

Seva partnered with with Family Supports Services of Amarillo to help bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Family Supports Services said in 2012, more than 3,000 case


of domestic violence were reported in the state, giving Texas one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the U.S.

"Anything you can do for yourself that would be anything about learning assertiveness, about self defense, about self confidence about internal locus of control." Family Supports Services Crisis Representative, Angie Stovall said. "It's important, and so we definitely recommend self defense classes to our victims as a way of healing, and a way to feel like they are empowered."

Seva instructors said the first step in self defense is self confidence

"A lot of times people, they become victims because they behave like victims. If you walk with your head down, low self esteem, no confidence, just common sense things of being aware of your surroundings. It's real important, whether you're a young child, woman or a man



Vanover said.

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, the center is offering a deal for members in October. The first class is free for women, children and men. The center offers cardio classes, cross training, mixed martial arts and boxing.