The Netflix show Travelers shows us a picture of what people could be like in the future, and every single woman in it knows how to fight like crazy: Judo, Jiu Jitsu, standup — everything. I hope with all my heart that becomes a reality. 

Sharing some heart here, I hate victimization more than anything. I hate it with all my heart. And watching Travelers on Netflix, where all women from the future know how to defend themselves and easily defeat men in combat, has made me hope that maybe that’s what the future really could hold for the world.

Travelers is a show where people from the future inhibit the body of a person who was about to die. They prolong their life by implanting their own consciousness into that host. In these new avatars, they then set about to try to fix the world’s wrongs and set about a course where the world is safe from catastrophe.

The show is incredible. I can’t recommend it highly enough. But the coolest part about it is watching how these people from the future act, how they process situations, and how they kick tail in combat — both the men and the women.

And thankfully, this isn’t all that fictional at all.

As a martial artist, I know what women are capable of in combat. In fact, there are women who train in my gym who remind me of these characters from Travelers: strong, capable, incredible women.

And it gives me hope that maybe we can have a future without the horrible headlines we see from time to time these days where women suffer violence that no person should endure, be it in a domestic violence situation or a freak outlier scenario.

These things shouldn’t happen. We all know that. And it is horrible that women should have to train to defend themselves when, in an ideal world, men would simply treat them with respect.

But those aren’t the cards women have been dealt. Men continue to commit violent acts, so in response, women are evolving and training to be combat ready.

Thankfully, in recent years, the number of women learning to fight has increased greatly, likely due to the feminist push in movies and television as of late.

And it is incredible to see the shift as more and more women don a kimono and learn how to choke, punch, throw, and kick. That’s what we need.

The world needs strong women — women who are ready to protect their families. The world has never been an easy place for women, but martial arts are leveling the playing field — or flipping it, in some circumstances.

In the past few years, in fact, many women have used martial arts to subdue would-be attackers. A scenario like this just happened in Brazil this weekend when a man tried to rob a female UFC fighter and ended up choked out.

Anyways, all that to say — it appears Netflix is predicting the future correctly with Travelers.

The sooner every woman can kick every dude’s tail the better.

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Ryan Mekkes is the editor and founder of Commyounicate Magazine. He is an avid martial artist, a musician, and a fitness enthusiast, certified through ACE as a personal trainer.