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I don't know if too many people I know will be able to take advantage of this, but my sensei, Kevin Pence, is running a one-month women's self-defense class starting April 1. The class is Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 am, and costs $99. The hope is that this will develop into an on-going thing, but for now, it's through the end of April. If my job situation stays as it is, I will be there as well, as your friendly neighborhood crash test dummy. Dress is workout gear. No uniforms, no belts, no bowing, just good training.

The class is taking place at Pence Self-Defense Academy, 226 Cambridge St, Burlington, MA, 781-272-9709.

So even if you can't make it, if you know someone who can, spread the word. I'd love to see this take off. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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cvirtue From: cvirtue Date: February 27th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How able do people have to be? I'm moderately fit, moderately fat, with really bad knees.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 27th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Self-defense is about finding the techniques that work for you. I know that Kevin will work to your strengths and weaknesses; just let him know up front about any concerns or conditions.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 27th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I admit I don't know for sure if Kevin has plans for anti-bullying techniques or safety strategies, but it seems to me that he would; such a class would be incomplete without them. But at the end of the day, he is a big burly man, and many women feel more comfortable getting non-physical training in street strategies from a woman.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 27th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think you're taking the absolute right approach, especially if Anna hasn't yet internalized the idea that protecting herself is a right and desirable thing to do. I don't know how close you are to Burlington these days, but when you're ready, Pence has a thriving youth program, and Kevin has decades of experience working with students of all sorts of abilities (IIRC, Anna has a small coordination disability?). He runs the school like a club, almost a family, rather than a for-profit business. At least one of the students in the adult class has been with him since he was seven or eight years old.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: February 27th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, we'll be here if you decide you need us. :-)
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