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Does Self Defense really work?

Most people don’t ask me this question outright, but I know they are thinking it: Does self-defense really work?

shamwow_m.jpgThat’s like asking the Sham-Wow guy if his towel really holds 12 times its weight in liquid, right? Hey, I welcome the believers and doubters alike, and I have more to offer you than my belief in the effectiveness of self-protection measures. But first, let’s figure out why it’s so hard to believe a woman can fight back and win.

I believe that doubt over the effectiveness of self-defen

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Thanks to all the teachers out there!




On World Teachers’ Day this year, Teachers Without Borders joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in recognizing that Recovery Begins with Teachers.

This year's theme aligns with Teachers Without Borders' Emergency Education Program, which aims to preserve and maintain the educational process in times of cri

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What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying through email, instant messaging (IMing), chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send
to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA) (Kowalski et al.
2008). Cyber bullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance
of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated.

Cyber bullying has some rather unique characteristics that are different from traditional bullying:

  • Anonymity: As bad as t
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Self defense is: practicing kindness. . .

Why are we on an Acts of Kindness Mission? Primarily: We believe kindness is important to our practice of martial arts. It builds peace in the community, empathy in the giver, and teaches the connectedness between each of us. This is imparitive to our understanding of self defense in that: As we are connected, we are no longer OTHER, but in fact, we belong to, and with each other. And this understanding, the understanding of our connectedness with each other, engenders peace vs violence---e
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