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We could learn something from how India is tackling the problem of violence against women and girls. Schools in New Delhi have dedicated time and resources to teaching self-defense to girls, 100 girls at a time. This initiative is changing the way girls perceive themselves and is changing their future.
What does it mean to be a man in a world where women are routinely targeted for sexual assault, harassment and misconduct? Whether on the street or in the boardroom, women continue to face very real risk. #ME TOO has raised awareness and has a lot of men feeling uneasy, watching their step and wondering how they can be better allies.
As parents, we are hard-wired to keep our children safe. We know more than ever about pitfalls and dangers, but are we overprotecting our kids? Are they paying too high a price for safety at all costs?
Over the past 25 years I have watched the dismantling of Sewell Crest park, the park in S.E. Portland where my children grew up. Gone are the wooden teeter-totters; the parallel bars; the tether ball; the super-fast merry-go-round; the swings where you could pump yourself up to at least 20 feet of pure swinging pleasure.
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Women are talking, and for the moment, men are listening. The conspiracy of silence could more accurately be described as a failure to listen. When I was in college I knew who the professors were who sexually harassed and had sexual relationships with female students. We all did. We knew because women told each other, warned each other, supported one another, reported harassment and assault. But the people with the power to hold the perpetrators accountable were not listening.
Have you ever said: “I just have no talent for… math, music, sports”? We often explain our shortcomings as inborn, innate, and irreversible. It is more likely that we just haven’t had enough practice, or we haven’t had the right kind of practice. The good news is, it is never too late to revisit and nurture our own abilities and to provide an environment for our children where their talents grow. With the right kind of coaching and practice, we can achieve more than we thought possible.
Coming in September we will introduce a new program to improve flexibility, strength and conditioning! Megan Gaddini, One with Heart’s marketing manager and certified CrossFit trainer, is programming workouts to support our training.
Training in the animal styles requires a certain amount of flexibility and strength. Mas Guru Agung Janesa and Megan have developed a program that is progressive and focuses on building flexibility and strength in ways specific to the movements of each of the animals.
How women are learning to protect ourselves from inflight assaults.
Is air travel on your vacation itinerary this summer? Last month I took a short trip to Boulder which involved four flights; every flight was over-sold and packed to capacity. As I sat, squished in my seat, exhausted and dozing off, I recalled reading an article about a woman who was sexually assaulted while asleep on a flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. I decided to catch up on my sleep after I returned home.
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.
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The fight between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man is a legend in the modern martial arts narrative. As with all legends, the tale exceeds the boundaries of reality and compels us with a larger than life drama.
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.
The holidays are a great time to give to a charity. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now officially known as Giving Tuesday. This is a wonderful idea, but it can create a certain amount of pressure to donate immediately and impulsively.
Carbs seem to be demonized in a disturbing amount of health plans. Yet, they are essential for good health. This video is part of a program designed to help people adopt a whole food diet.
This video is part of a nutrition and lifestyle program geared around whole foods.
This video gives you a short explanation of meditation with simple tips to get you started.
People are talking about sexual assault on college campuses, but are college administrations listening? Students say that 20 percent of women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while attending college.[i] Colleges, interested in preserving their image of safety, prefer to keep these claims on the down low.
Brock Turner, convicted rapist, receives only six months in county jail. Sentencing guidelines say he should receive 2 – 14 years in prison. This miscarriage of justice has caught fire in social media and now there is a recall campaign against Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara judge who identifies so closely with the perpetrator that he justifies the light sentence saying that going to prison would “have a severe impact on him” and blames the victim because she was drunk at the time of the attack.[i
The moment our child is born we begin creating safety. An environment free of sharp objects, electric outlets, hazardous staircases. An environment where our child is surrounded by thoughtful, loving, adults and children. The vigilance of parenting a newborn is exhausting, but the reward is that we feel a pretty solid sense of control over risk.
How is your New Year’s resolution going? If you are like most people you may already be starting to backslide. Why is it so difficult to stick to those resolutions? More importantly, what can I do to accomplish the goals I set for myself this year?
It is the holiday season. The story of the holidays is one of love, joy, coming together and experiencing the best of being a family. How do you reconcile this story with reality if someone you love is being abused by a partner? What part do you play? How do you support the person you love? How do you protect yourself?
The price of a college education at Lewis and Clark College right now is a lot more than the cost of tuition, it is personal. The freedom and security students felt a week ago has been shaken by racist posts and threats followed by hate motivated assaults on two students in one night. They are not alone. Racist threats were made to students at Western Washington University on Yik Yak last week.
Are colleges doing enough to combat sexual assault? This was the topic of a recent City Club forum broadcast on OPB (Fri. March 27). Why would women argue against self-defense training as an important part of sexual assault prevention?
Here in the US, herbs are a novelty. Most of us tend to respect them up to a point, thinking “Wouldn’t it be great if they really did do those things people say?” To the rest of the world, they are medicine. Specifically, they are the first thing used for most ailments, while pharmaceuticals are used only when things have gone so wrong that there is no other option. What gives? Why the difference here?
Looking over the long and interesting history of martial arts one could make the argument that all martial arts are mixed. They grew and changed over time in response to change in the terrain, environment and culture. In modern times Bruce Lee was the most active proponent of blending techniques in the martial arts his motto being “take what is useful”
Everywhere you look these days there seems to be something about nutrition. If you’re like most people, you probably feel a constant pressure to “eat right”, without really knowing what that means
Like so many other topics involving nutrition, this one will seem pretty confusing if you search for answers on the internet. There is certainly a wide variety of information out there, much of which is not in agreement. While most people are concerned about what to eat before working out, it is actually what you eat afterwards that will probably make the bigger difference in your health.
When considering this question, it is helpful to look at human biological history. As a species, we’ve been around for a few hundred thousand years, and for the overwhelming majority of that time we’ve been eating freshly picked fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and occasional chunks of wild game that we managed to scavenge or hunt.
Women's Self-Defense workshop is this afternoon