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Girl Army: Six-Week Self-Defense Workshop (October 10-November 14)

September 8, 2010

Learn to defend yourself! Pre-registration is now open for the Girl Army Fall Basics Course, designed to teach physical and psychological self-defense skills to women and transgender folks of all skill levels and backgrounds. You’ll learn:

  • How to escape from grabs and chokes
  • How to block and strike powerfully
  • How to set—and keep—boundaries
  • How to stand your ground
  • How to use pressure points to safely dissuade or disable an attacker
  • How to execute basic takedowns and fight while on the ground

…and much more! The course takes place over six Sunday afternoons at Suigetsukan Dojo in Oakland, near Lake Merritt. For more information about the Girl Army collective, you can visit our website here.

To pre-register, you can download a form here and mail it in, send us an email, add yourself to the Facebook event page, or leave a message on our voice mail: 510.496.3443. Class size is limited; please pre-register as early as possible to reserve a spot.

Questions about the class? Not sure if this is right for you? Just ask! Our teachers will be happy to help.

October 10—November 14 (six weeks)
All classes on Sunday from 1-4pm
$0-120 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Suigetsukan Dojo
103 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

For further reading:

Many women learn of martial arts through a male companion’s interest in kung-fu movies or a six-week self-defense course like Girl Army’s workshop. Some venture beyond. Edited by Carol A. Wiley, this inspirational collection of stories of a group of women who have trained in martial arts for at least seven years fills an important nice in a male-dominated sport. Written in essay and poetry form, this book highlights a variety of viewpoints among this select group, ranging from a physically disabled student to a Native American practitioner. Many speak of martial arts as an equalizer of power, as training helps to build endurance, confidence, and determination.

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