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Welcome to TYRFT

01.08.16 by Amy Jones

Amy-JonesWelcome to TYRFT: The Self-Defense newsletter from Thousand Waves! I hope you’ll enjoy our new look and new title. TYRFT stands for Think Yell Run Fight Tell (The Five Fingers of Self-Defense), and even though it may be a little challenging to say (I go with “teerft,” but you can say it however you like), I think it’s a much better title for the newsletter than “VP News”. For one thing, a lot of the content isn’t “news,” exactly, so much as opinions, book reviews, and other (hopefully) thought-provoking articles on the subject of self-defense and violence prevention. Let me know what you think!

Ironically, our first edition of TYRFT is mostly news; specifically, I’m excited to share with you our 2016 onsite self-defense schedule, and to introduce you to some new and returning Community Partners and Beneficiaries. If it’s been awhile since your last self-defense training with us, maybe it’s time to take a refresher. If you’ve taken our intensive course in the past (whether it was over 4 weeks, two Saturdays, or a single weekend) and want to take it again, or just to take a short workshop, contact me and you can enroll for a reduced rate. Or if you’ve never taken our long course, maybe this is the year! Registration for the entire year is open now.

Our 2016 Schedule

01.08.16 by Amy Jones

Without further ado, our 2016 schedule is below. Remember, registration is open for all of these trainings right now. Register today – and don’t forget the NEWS discount code for 15% off!

12 Hour Intensive Weekend Courses

January 15-17
Open to: All Genders, ages 12+
Full Price: $200
Bring-a-friend: $175
Students: $150
Register now

April 1-3
Open to: Women and Teen Girls ages 12+
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 6
Full Price: $200
Bring-a-friend: $175
Students: $150
Register now

June 10-12
New! Young Thousand Waves Teens Only
Open to: Thousand Waves Teens Ages 12-14
Full Price: $150
Register now

July 15-17
New! Just for Older Teens and Young Adults
Open to: Young adults and older teens of all genders, ages 15-26
Early Bird Registration Deadline: June 17
Full Price: $200
Bring-a-friend: $175
Students: $150
Register now

August 5-7
New! Older Teens Only
Open to: Older Teens ages 15-19 of all Genders
Full Price: $150
Register now

October 7-9
Open to: All genders ages 15+
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 9
Full Price: $200
Bring-a-friend: $175
Students: $150
Register now

Low Cost, High-Impact 90-Minute Workshops
All of our workshops are Saturdays from 1:30 – 3:00 PM. Open to adults and teens 15+ unless otherwise specified. Workshops are offered on a pay-what-you-wish basis between $15 and $25. Click on the date to register for a workshop.

January 30
March 12
June 18: Especially for members of the LGBTQ community
July 9
August 20: Especially for teens ages 12-16
September 10: Especially for Kids ages 8-11
November 12

Our Week at McAuley

04.01.14 by Amy Jones

Photo: McAuley students practice their defender’s stance.

On the last weekend of February in 2014, self-defense instructors from Thousand Waves returned to Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School at 99th and Pulaski to repeat our week of self-defense classes for all of the P.E. and CPR classes. Mother McAuley is the largest Catholic girls’ school in the entire country. We were back after our inaugural self-defense week last fall. Then we taught around 240 girls, this time around the total was even higher – more than 280!

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