Self-Defense 101 – Phinney Neighborhood Center

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Research shows that women who successfully defended themselves quickly recognized threatening situations and enforced their boundaries, if necessary by physical means. In this six week course you will learn to recognize assailant ploys and manipulations and how to thwart them. Practice releases from common grabs and decisive strikes to vital targets. Use your voice and body language with impact. Recognize the signs that will let you defuse, de-escalate or evade before a physical assault ever happens. Assess your risks, and plan around them. Understand the connections between awareness, threats, and our media environment. The six sessions give you time between classes to practice your moves and become more comfortable with them.

This is a progressive skill-building course. You will learn the most basic elements early on, and practice them in later drills. The first sessions will focus more on physical skills: strikes to vulnerable targets, releases from grabs, body language, and using your voice. Later sessions will put your new skills in various contexts, look more at setting boundaries, and different verbal strategies to control uncomfortable situations. Finally, you will learn to recognize domestic violence, and how to get help if you (or someone you know) are in an abusive relationship.

There will be review in each class. There is also some extra enrichment activities (some call it “homework”). What you get out of your time in class will be greatly enhanced by just a small amout of time spent practicing between classes.

Come prepared to challenge yourself – emPOWERment doesn’t get more fun!

Cancellation up to 2 days before class: full refund.
Cancellation after that but before class begins: partial refund.
Cancellation after class: no refund, but can apply tuition to a later class.

Strategic Living

Life is to be enjoyed. At the same time, we want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Life-long skills for confidence, safety and independence help you achieve both. There's really only one reason to learn self-defense: to enhance your quality of life. To emPOWER you to make safety choices with confidence. To promote resilience and independence. In these self-defense classes you learn to use your voice to say NO and STOP to people and events that threaten to diminish your quality of life.

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Class Fee: $199

  Sep 25, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018
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Class Type: In Person
Provider: Strategic Living
Location: 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103, Brick Bldg Room 35

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Reviews of Strategic Living

(3 Reviews)
Lindsay P.
This class was fantastic: superbly practical, forceful without inducing unnecessary fear, the right balance of physical and psychological tools. I dragged myself there because I felt like I "should" do a self-defense class, and it was actually really fun, too. Joanne's storytelling made the techniques memorable and relate-able. After just one 5-hour workshop, I feel I'm very well-equipped to prevent an attack and to handle an attack should it come to that. Best money I've spent in a long time
Christine C.
Violence against women is a scary reality, but Joanne's self-defense class gave me a little more confidence that I will be able to protect myself (and, more importantly, that I can listen to my intuition and not go into dangerous situations in the first place). This class is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it would make a great gift for female friends, sisters, daughters, etc.
Marie G.
When I landed on the Strategic Living website, I was impressed by the variety of options & the flexibility offered. After I made the decision to join with my kids, my girlfriends also jumped in. Joanne offered us a private 3 hour session for the ten of us. Our ages ranged from 14 to 50+. I was very impressed with the style of the class, the topics covered & how well Joanne discussed topics relevant to our collective experiences. It was a great course for all of us & now I can rest easier knowing my kids & friends are capable of protecting/defending themselves. Highly recommend!! Should be a requirement for all women!