Tag Archives: self defense

Step 1: You Are Worth Defending

I know you are worth defending. If I saw you on the street, a stranger needing help, I wouldn’t doubt for a second that I should try. ¬†And if I can see that in you, why can’t you? Why do … Continue reading

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violence vs. force

In preparing to teach self-defense in 2017, I’ve been going back to basics, to get clear on some principles that I think are fundamental to the responsible use of force. Of the many ways force can be defined, the broadest … Continue reading

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Safe at Home

For those of us who were adults on 9/11/2001,one of the most urgent tasks that day was checking on family. Were they alive in NY? Safe on the East Coast or anyplace with potential targets? That task stretched on for … Continue reading

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Pride and Patrol

For two years – now almost 20 years ago – I volunteered with Q Safety Patrol (and concurrently, the Seattle chapter of the Guardian Angels). In later posts, I’ll discuss my own experiences, and provide interviews with other patrollers willing … Continue reading

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Back in my Gi

Long ago and far away, when I was 13 or 14, I joined the judo club at the Y and got my first gi. In many martial arts, the players wear a gi, an outfit with pajama-like pants, a jacket, … Continue reading

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