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March 2016

Meditation as a Self-Defense Skill

03.25.16 by Erin Epperson

In self-defense classes we talk about different tools we can use to keep ourselves safe—both how to increase the number of tools in our self-defense toolbox and how to hone the tools and skills that we already possess. The voice as a tool is a common one; we practice both setting boundaries and de-escalating others who may be dangerously upset. For dealing with one’s own anger, we talk about Take Ten, a tactic that helps us create distance between an initial, angry reaction and a more measured and (hopefully) more peaceful response. Another skill we’ve recently been emphasizing is meditation.

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Our Work with Homeless Youth

03.25.16 by Amy Jones

At the end of 2015, we received an Impact Grant from the LGBT Community fund of the Chicago Community Trust to do six 12-hour series with 4 agencies that serve homeless youth in Chicago. We’ve just started our third series. As the primary instructor for both, I’ve learned a lot working with these youth.

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The Case for Workplace Self-Defense

03.25.16 by Amy Jones

If you ask someone off the street whether they’ve used self-defense skills in their workplace, most will say they haven’t. But ask self-defense instructors at Thousand Waves, and the response is “I use it almost every day” — not because we have especially violent workplaces, but because our definition of self-defense is broader than most. But few would disagree that self-defense is called for when a gun comes out. That’s what happened to one of our members, in the incident that inspired her to become a self-defense instructor.

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