From blissfully single Kate’s log:
The video is of a basic kata in shorin-ryu karate
For years I had wanted to learn some form of self defense and to have more assurance that if ever in a dangerous situation that I could get out of it.
I have now finally taken up some Karate classes offered at my local community center, a type of Shorin ryu that comes out of Okinawa. The sensei who teaches the class is so far very good, and has a patient demeanor. Some very interesting but very good points he made the other night made me realize some very important things.
While many agree that women, especially women living on their own should learn some form of self defense, few understand the importance of guys learning self defense in today’s very crazy world.
People don’t just attack women now days, but also men. It may be hard to think about, but it happens, and Singles especially should be learning how to defend themselves. It’s important to remember that not all attackers travel alone and most likely there will be someone who is bigger than you and or more skilled in harming you than you are at protecting yourself.
Most any form of Karate teaches you how to use your body as a mechanical tool rather than brute force to protect yourself, because not everyone has massive muscle. It teaches you how to overcome anyone of any size no matter your amount of muscle or lack thereof.
I encourage you to find a good instructor that teaches a good form of practical self defense in your area. It’s always best to do a little research on what style might be best for you, and of course finding someone you can afford.
For those of you in the Colorado Springs area, my instructor’s link’s are below and all his qualifications. If you are interested just let him know that Blissfully Single Kate sent you his way, he will give you the first 2 weeks of lessons completely free.
Kyoshi Jeff Ader, PhD 7th Degree Black Belt: Phone # (719) 232-1882
Angela also takes a course in self defense called Krav Maga: http://singlebliss.blogspot.com/2009/02/getting-in-gear.html
Knowing self-defense is something everyone should be concerned with. No one has the right to hurt you, ever.
~ Michael Janich~
Self-defense is the clearest of all laws, and for this reason: lawyers didn't make it
~ Douglas William Jerrold~