What is it about training outdoors in the summer that feels so great? Ancient, traditional martial arts were often trained outdoors; in the jungle, the dessert, in fields and grasslands. The spirit of training that connects us with the animals and the earth, that ties us to people who trained hundreds, even thousands of years before us, vibrates just a little stronger in nature.
New Survey Says 1 in 7 Female Students Assaulted
The results of a survey published last week in The Oregonian show approximately 14 percent of women (1 in 7), and 29 percent of transgendered students in the undergraduate program at Portland State University have experienced some form of sexual assault on or off campus.
What would you do if attacked? Kelly Herron will tell you, never stop fighting. She fought off an attacker after attending only one self-defense class. Herron learned some effective self-defense strategies in that class: hit soft targets with hard body weapons, and be loud. What saved her was her commitment to use those strategies and her determination to cause injury, and to escape.
We live in volatile times and we all feel it. Many of us are wondering what to do to feel less vulnerable, to feel more capable of standing up for ourselves and for each other in a climate where hurtful, oppressive language and behavior is becoming normalized. In December, a reporter from Willamette Week decided she would learn to fight. She took a self -defense class at One with Heart and she recommends others do the same.