In October, the Damsels learned about Michelle Waterson and her dedication to martial arts. They decided that they would like to learn more together and Maya’s family arranged for a group self-defense class.
Becky led the girls through a brief round of introductions before making sure they all agreed to use their learning for self-defense and not to hurt anyone. They talked about boundaries and then she asked them to identify a few things around the room. They found exits and talked about what could be used as a shield (chairs, piano) or a weapon (chairs, flag, stick, shoe).
She showed them how standing in a confident stance makes them feel different as well as maintaining their balance. They identified involuntary trigger targets and then learned and practiced an extremely effective grab release.
They took a couple of running breaks, ate cupcakes and as always had fun while learning some very important skills. Thank you to Becky, Maya and Michelle Waterson for the inspiration!