Having earned my yellow belt (with one green stripe) in karate back in the second grade, I can tell you it's tough being a martial artist. You've accumulated centuries' worth of lethal knowledge, sure, but then you just have to sort of sit on it until someone messes with you, and who can say when that will happen?

If you're female and, like me, have been weaponized—or even if you haven't—consider volunteering as an instructor for the Portland Police Bureau's worthy WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs. The bureau sent out this call to arms earlier today.

The Portland Police Bureau's WomenStrength and GirlStrength Programs are seeking community volunteers to teach girls and women self-defense skills.

WomenStrength and GirlStrength have a 34-year history of success and have trained more than 110,000 community members in the Portland area. Its holistic approach with volunteer self-defense instructors provides comprehensive and professional training to help girls and women feel strong and empowered.

The program is looking for volunteer instructors. No experience is necessary and women from all backgrounds, abilities and ages (must be over 18) are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is January 31, 2014 for classes beginning on March 1, 2014.

Contribute to your community by volunteering to teach girls and women self-defense without violence.

Volunteer Information and Application in available online: http//www.portlandonline.com/police/GirlStrength

For more information call (503) 823-0239 or visit http//www.portlandonline.com/police/GirlStrength