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Old 02-20-08, 11:33 PM   #1
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OT: Women's Self-Defense Seminar, Stanford, Saturday Feb 23

I'm an instructor for the following seminar. Friends of instructors get in free, just ask me beforehand.

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Stanford Kenpo Karate's
Annual Women's Self Defense Seminar


- Learn to project your natural strength in any situation
- Practice on real 'bullies' (not just pads) in a safe and controlled environment
- Learn from expert instructors
- Become more confident and carry yourself like the strong woman you are!

The seminar is completely FREE with Stanford ID!
For non-Stanford affiliates it's $10 per person (you may bring a friend for free).

What: Women's Self Defense Seminar.

Why: Because other self-defense seminars don't have you practicing on real LIVE guys!

When: Saturday 23rd February 2008, 10:15am registration, 10:30am instruction begins.

Where: Burnham Pavilion in the Ford Center, Stanford University, 615 Serra Street, Stanford, CA.

Get more info and sign up at: http://kenpo.stanford.edu/wsds/

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Some shots of me demonstrating:





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Old 02-21-08, 12:13 AM   #2
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I was going to volunteer to be a bully, but those pictures made me change my mind!

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Old 02-21-08, 12:33 AM   #3
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You've got to be more clear in your headlines. Or I've got to read better. I thought this was how to defend myself against women. I'd have gone to that. I have a 17 year old daughter and can use all the pointers I can get.
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You've got to be more clear in your headlines. Or I've got to read better. I thought this was how to defend myself against women. I'd have gone to that. I have a 17 year old daughter and can use all the pointers I can get.
Oh, we can't teach that in one morning.
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The instructor is motioning palm strike to the chin.

NOT the happy place.

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I want to explain the course in a bit more detail, as I had someone complain to me privately that they felt it was dangerous for us to teach women to stand and fight rather than run away.

We are not teaching bar fighting.

We are discussing options and providing tools for survival.

We offer suggestions on how to avoid situations, attract help, and/or get away without physical confrontation.

However, sometimes women will find themselves in a situation where running away is not physically possible (such as in the picture above).

In that case we would like to provide them with enough tools that they can disable their attacker sufficiently so that they can get away. The last part of every technique that we teach is getting away.

We have taught many such courses over the years and have had extremely positive feedback from the women involved, including many who had previously been assaulted.

We stress "Survival" as the number one priority. The course was designed and is led by women.

I hope this clarifies things.
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That's really cool, Ms. I.

I wish we lived in a world where such a class is unnecessary, but unfortunately, there are a lot of guys out there who need their genitals forcefully internalized.
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I want to explain the course in a bit more detail, as I had someone complain to me privately that they felt it was dangerous for us to teach women to stand and fight rather than run away.

We are not teaching bar fighting.


We are discussing options and providing tools for survival.

We offer suggestions on how to avoid situations, attract help, and/or get away without physical confrontation.

However, sometimes women will find themselves in a situation where running away is not physically possible (such as in the picture above).

In that case we would like to provide them with enough tools that they can disable their attacker sufficiently so that they can get away. The last part of every technique that we teach is getting away.

We have taught many such courses over the years and have had extremely positive feedback from the women involved, including many who had previously been assaulted.

We stress "Survival" as the number one priority. The course was designed and is led by women.

I hope this clarifies things
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I think that's great as well, and much needed - good job! [I know I'll probably get flamed on this, but] One gent and resource that I've been fortunate to meet is James Williams of the Surefire Institute. If nothing else, you may even consider some additional tools for disabling an attacker with a pen, rolled up magazine or even a book. None of these can take the place of a skilled martial artist, but they may also give your students a chance to get away. FYI, here's his link and brief video, and again, good luck and be safe...

http://systemofstrategy.com/james-williams/index.php
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One gent and resource that I've been fortunate to meet is James Williams of the Surefire Institute. If nothing else, you may even consider some additional tools for disabling an attacker with a pen, rolled up magazine or even a book. None of these can take the place of a skilled martial artist, but they may also give your students a chance to get away. FYI, here's his link and brief video, and again, good luck and be safe...
While many of the tactics shown in the video are no doubt effective, their practicality in a real-life situation seems severely limited. All of them require the attackee to be holding an item in such a way as to maximize its potential as a weapon (tightly rolled magazine, vise clamp grip on a book, knife-like grip on a pen, etc). This may be somewhat useful if one were to find themselves walking down a dark alley, but in the surprise, out-of-the-blue attacks depicted in the video, you're unlikely to be thusly prepared, and that's not even touching on the reflexes and level-headedness required to divert the attack and disable the attacker.

I think hand-to-hand combat and defense would be a more important skill to have, possibly with supplemental training in simple weapon use. After all, you're a lot more likely to be attacked when bare-handed than if you're carrying a baseball bat at the time.
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While many of the tactics shown in the video are no doubt effective, their practicality in a real-life situation seems severely limited. All of them require the attackee to be holding an item in such a way as to maximize its potential as a weapon (tightly rolled magazine, vise clamp grip on a book, knife-like grip on a pen, etc). This may be somewhat useful if one were to find themselves walking down a dark alley, but in the surprise, out-of-the-blue attacks depicted in the video, you're unlikely to be thusly prepared, and that's not even touching on the reflexes and level-headedness required to divert the attack and disable the attacker.I think hand-to-hand combat and defense would be a more important skill to have, possibly with supplemental training in simple weapon use. After all, you're a lot more likely to be attacked when bare-handed than if you're carrying a baseball bat at the time.
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I think that's great as well, and much needed - good job! [I know I'll probably get flamed on this, but] One gent and resource that I've been fortunate to meet is James Williams of the Surefire Institute. If nothing else, you may even consider some additional tools for disabling an attacker with a pen, rolled up magazine or even a book. None of these can take the place of a skilled martial artist, but they may also give your students a chance to get away. FYI, here's his link and brief video, and again, good luck and be safe...

[url]http://systemofstrategy.com/james-williams/index.php[/url
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FYI, he teaches these techniques to civillians and police alike all around the US; the more tools you have, the better your chances, but as I stated, nothing takes the place of the skilled application of martial arts
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