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All Posts Dated July, 2016

signals of aggression

Signals of aggression can help us to predict violence.  Some signals can be very obvious, but others are more subtle.  A person can tell lies, but their body language tells a different story.  Our limbic reactions are automatic.  Needs, feelings, thoughts and intentions are processed by the limbic brain and expressed in body language.  The…

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Respect

Respect.  It is highly valued.  It is sometimes demanded when not earned.  It is often withheld when it should not be.  In karate, we often discuss respect.  “Do not forget that karate-do begins and ends with Rei” is the first of Funakoshi’s 20 precepts. (The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate. The spiritual legacy of the…

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Working with what you have

When I first start working with a group for a self-defense workshop, they inevitably get caught up in what they don’t have.  I hear many different concerns.  Sometimes people think they can’t protect themselves because of what they view as physical short-comings such as not being strong, tall or fast.  Sometimes they think they are…

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Click

When you are trying to learn a skill, there is that moment when it all seems to come together and your brain/body connection snaps into place.  You may come close many times before that, but there is that “click” that happens when everything comes together.  You can find this moment in almost anything: the first…

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To leave or not to leave…

If you have never been in an abusive relationship or been really close to someone who is, it may be difficult for you to understand why the victim doesn’t just leave, break off all contact, get a restraining order or a divorce.   The realities of domestic abuse are not as black and white as…

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