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Silly, But Necessary

We’re practicing self defense this week, and I was working with a white belt for a portion of class last night. We were all working on the reactions to being grabbed from behind, and I have to admit there were some giggles from both of us. It seems silly at the moment, but I feel as a woman who lives in a city, this sort of stuff needs to be reviewed now and again. If the news has taught us anything, it’s that people are becoming more and more crazy, reckless and stupid. Or at least the news is more focused on covering it nowadays.

It does feel a little silly especially on the “attacker” side: it’s not what we would typically do. Hell, I imagine for real life attackers it’s not something they normally do, but the fact that they do exist makes the review of self defense necessary. So ladies, I know it may make you giggle and feel awkward, but it’s better than not reviewing self defense at all.

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Took the Night off

I took the night off last night (hence the title of this post) because I was feeling a little under the weather. I am thinking it was something I ate, or in fact what I did not eat – I ran out of greek yogurt, which is a part of my morning ritual of coffee, yogurt and sitting down and staring off into space for a couple of minutes while I try to collect myself.

So, I stayed home, read, relaxed. The biggest downer about this routine is that class this week is all self-defense stuff that we haven’t done in a while, and I wanted some practice in. The moves were a little more female oriented this time, such as what to do if someone grabs you by the wrist, tries to pin you against a wall, etc. They are good things to know, and most certainly practice.

So, either tonight we’ll do no gi, some randorii, or I’ll ask someone to show me what was taught last night. We’ll work something out 🙂

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