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June 2016

Summer at Thousand Waves is about Self-Defense for Young People

06.22.16 by Amy Jones

We have a strong roster of self-defense offerings for young people this summer. While some of our 12-hour intensive courses are open to adults of all ages and teens 12 and up, this summer we have several offerings just for teens, and one for younger kids. Online registration is now open for all of these courses and workshops.

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Keep up with us on social media!

06.22.16 by Amy Jones

Did you know that Thousand Waves Self-Defense has a Twitter account? We tweet under the (very creative) name @TWSelfDefense. The handle has been around for a while, but it’s been dormant. Now it’s not! Follow us for interesting re-tweets, brilliant* yet short musings on empowerment-based self-defense, and soon, announcements of new blog posts.

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Peacemaking > Prevention > Self-Defense

06.22.16 by Amy Jones

One aspect of my job is explaining, to organizations, private groups, and individuals, what our self-defense trainings are all about.  Some days it feels like an uphill battle, because “self-defense” in the popular imagination has a very narrow definition, and our approach is very broad.  So I’m always trying to think of better ways to explain why only about a third of the time in our trainings are dedicated to learning physical, defensive skills.  The above equation* is my latest attempt.

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On Intervention, the Bystander Effect, and Overcoming it

06.22.16 by Amy Jones

When I lived in Texas, I used to sometimes go out two-stepping with my friends. It was Texas; it seemed like the thing to do (plus it’s fun). One night, after tearing up the dance floor for a few hours, I was walking home with two friends. We came upon a couple arguing, loudly. For a few minutes we just watched, hoping the power of the witness would convince the young man to stop yelling at the young woman. It didn’t.

Finally, one of my friends walked up to the woman and said, “Do you want help?” She did, and folded her body into my friend gratefully. It turns out she wanted to go home, and the man with her held her ID and credit card and wasn’t relinquishing them. We convinced him to reconsider, called her a cab, and made sure she was on her way home before leaving.

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