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January 2016

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

Introducing our 2016 Community Partners and Community Beneficiaries

01.08.16 by Amy Jones

I’m very excited to welcome back the Lakeview YMCA and Alderman Tom Tunney as Community Partners for most of our workshops this year. Community Partners help us get the word out about our workshops, and we make their literature available for workshop participants and training members alike. Thanks, Tom and the Y!

I’m also thrilled to welcome back Between Friends, our very first Community Beneficiary, as one of our 2016 Beneficiaries. They’re joined by The Battered Women’s Network, The Night Ministry, Mercy Housing, and Apna Ghar. Community Beneficiaries are like-minded organizations that we invite to our 12-hour intensive courses. Beneficiaries can send up to 5 staff, clients, volunteers, or anyone else they choose for free. It’s our way of giving back to our community and building strong alliances between our organizations. After all, it’s true for individuals as well as organizations – more connections make us all stronger and safer! We still have a few Community Beneficiary slots available. If you’re connected to an organization that you think would benefit from this program, reply to this email and nominate them!

The Power of Posture

01.08.16 by Tabitha Olson

For most of my early life, I felt small, voiceless, invisible, and powerless. As a teen and adult, I experienced many unsettling, sometimes scary, incidents with men both on the street and in the workplace. Just walking down the street was an ordeal.
That doesn’t happen to me anymore.
Growing up, I lived in a low-income neighborhood. Most of the kids around me had brushes with the law, and I often didn’t feel safe. I learned to shrink into myself, trying not to attract unwelcome attention. It didn’t really work, but it was the only thing I knew to do. As I grew up and went to college and later to work, I still felt powerless and voiceless, and had no idea how to change things.

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Tabitha demonstrates posture before and after self-defense training

Eventually, I did try to stand up for myself, to make the verbal harassment and suggestive looks stop. But no one had ever shown me how, so I ended up defending myself only after I’d been pushed too far, which was emotionally taxing and just plain awful.
I took the self-defense intensive course at Thousand Waves a few months after I started taking Karate classes, and it was like being given a light after decades of stumbling around in the darkness.

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