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No, thank you, I do not want any setbacks

on May 4, 2012

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

On Wednesday night, Tim helped with a fundraiser at his work for the local women’s resource center/shelter. Tim had asked Emily, Sara, and I to come and assist as well; Aubrey’s been sick or injured for the last couple weeks.

There was a talk from a lady whose sister was murdered by the sister’s husband; she talked about the signs of domestic violence that the family had reasoned away for years. Then Tim did a short self-defense scenario from guard and showed how to set up the double armbar from there. Then Justin showed getting out and getting away.

A lot of the women seemed interested in learning more, and Tim was telling several of them that we would have a women’s class when we got in our new space.

Friday — Fundamentals, nogi

My knee has not been happy the last two days. (I didn’t do anything to it at the seminar; I didn’t even demonstrate anything on anyone.) But it’s still been extra achy. Tonight as I was trying to get warmed up, I did notice that it was swollen a little. *le sigh* Do not want… I still tried anyway, but everything hurt it, so I wound up doing a lot of sitting. Finally took it home and iced it some.

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2 responses to “No, thank you, I do not want any setbacks

  1. Is it just me or does it not seem like a bad idea to try to teach an armbar in a self defense class? That is a pretty advanced technique for someone who has no experience with BJJ. I imagine the whole run away and kick to the nuts would be better advice for someone that is not going to make a huge commitment to self defense.

    • leslie says:

      The defense was starting from a worse-case scenario, when you’ve already been taken down and the guy is between your legs. That is a much more realistic scenario than assuming that these untrained ladies could ever hope to kick an advancing guy while staying entirely out of his range and then run away without being touched. I saw too much of that in TKD self-defense, which always assumed lots of open space for maneuvering. The real points, of course, were to show them that they actually could use their legs for control/defense/attack and to get them used to way more contact/up-closeness than they had experience with. The follow-up escape involved bringing a leg around to kick the opponent in the face and then do a technical stand-up while covering, and then run away.

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