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Self Defense Skillshare: Session 2

Continuing series of Saturday Self Defense Skillshares
Free Skool Santa Cruz presents a series of
Saturday Self Defense Skillshares::::::::::::::::::

March 19
April 16
April 30
& May 14

12-2 PM in San Lorenzo Park
(just over the pedestrian bridge from downtown)

Learn more about your physical strengths and weaknesses!!

Practical martial arts-based self defense taught in a noncompetative, FREE, safe space. Through confronting our fears and inexperience WITH OUR
OWN BODIES we are able to move beyond fear and towards empowerment.
Learning martial arts can improve your self control, thus allowing you to respond to violence more effectively. Health, energy, safety, confidence, strength.

Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. This class draws from the instructor's experience with traditional and contemporary martial arts from China, Japan, Hawaii, Korea, and the Philipines.

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Re: Self Defense Skillshare: Session 2

Please do not promote violence. Who Would Jesus Hurt?

Re: Please do not promote violence

Hi Pam,

there is a good chance that you missed this conversation / discussion on santa cruz indymedia when danielsan offered this class in December 2004.

Here, read all about it:

And this is danielsan's comments from that earlier thread:

Re: Violence and Conflict
by danielsan
danielsan (nospam) 09 Dec 2004

We can only be comfortable stepping away from conflict if we are in control of our minds and bodies. Have you noticed that a lot of violent conflict comes from a lack of confidence when confronted? People who are uncomfortable being confronted because they are unsure of their abilities to defend themselves often are the quickest to lose physical control and respond with violence because they fear being seen as inferior. We can learn to accept being seen as weak if we are confident in our strength. This is what I hope to share.

This is a positive dialogue, one that I want to address and discuss on Saturday. I encourage people to come to the workshop with an open mind, ready to hear and discuss these ideas and others with respect for one another and a readiness to listen to perspectives that might differ from your own.

Through practice focused on learning the strengths and weaknesses inherent in our bodies, I believe we can actually avoid conflict and violence. By being aware of our bodies and our abilities, we can build a community that is confident and strong in its resolve to end violence.

To answer earlier comments, I do not believe that this is promoting a "culture of violence," as I do not believe that would-be victims of rape are feeding into a cycle of violence obsessed culture by fighting back. Studies and statistics show clearly that women who fight back are often able to escape their attackers. I will not be advising anyone to fight against a gun or a knife. In fact I will not be advising anyone to fight--simply to understand how basic self defense works so that people can make an educated decision when it is an effective tactic to fight back and when it is not. I want to give peole the tools necessary to make an informed decision.

If you are interested in pushing your physical abilities out of your santa cruz comfort zone and working through some of these tough questions in a comfortable group setting, I encourage you to come to Saturday's workshop. We will try to focus on instruction that is accessible to all attendees, check-in on how people feel about some of the exercises, and discuss what it means to be a peaceful person.

Re: Self Defense Skillshare: Session 2

I feel this picture is sexist Hate literature that should be replaced with a picture that does not promote gender-oriented Hate and violence! Please remove it!!!If I see this Hate literature posted on campus, I will tear it down! We have to stop Fearing and Hating other genders!Stop the fearmongering and break the vicious cycle of violence!

Re: Self Defense Skillshare: Session 2

Anonymous Poster wrote:
We have to stop Fearing and Hating other genders!Stop the fearmongering and break the vicious cycle of violence!

Who is "we"? Are MEN unable to walk anywhere they want because women will attack them? Do they fear roving gangs of womem?

According to the US surgeon general, being battered and raped by MEN is the number one "health" problem of American women.

If all women carried weapons and knew how to defend themselves and beat the crap out of their male attackers, these attacks would diminish.

Bullys are cowards

men have plenty to fear

Try being a man in California sometime, Ms. Amazon.

A wife has only to string together 3 simple words, "He beats me", and she can have her husband forcibly kicked out of their home and forced by a judge to continue making all the house, rent, car, and utility payments in addition to his own new expenses from this unwarranted, knee-jerk eviction.

I know someone to whom this happened.

A woman has only to utter the phrase "He raped me", and a man is instantly hauled off to jail, where the guards will begin immediate summary conviction and punishment of the accuser through harsh treatment and exposure to danger from other inmates.

I know another someone to whom this happened.

Violence against men by women happens all the time here, only in another form. The form of police who blindly serve a system that blindly serves women.

"Women can be catty, hateful, evil bitches." Is that a sexist remark? It was told to me by a woman I know.


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