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Study: Are Women Safer When They Learn Self-Defense?

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A University of Oregon sociologist finds that women who took a ten-week self-defense training were significantly less likely to experience unwanted sexual contact than those who didn't.

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It's no accident that we hear so little about missing black girls in this country.

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Have you ever heard of Relisha Rudd?

Today, through all of the noise about Donald Trump and his lies, I heard her name for the very first time.

The sweet little 8-year-old girl, which is the same age of my precious daughter, Savannah, has been missing for three long years.

She lived in a D.C.-area homeless shelter with her mother before she was last seen on camera with a janitor at the facility.

That janitor in March 2014 was suspected of killing his wife and days later, committed suicide. While many people presume Relisha is dead, clues of her whereabouts have gone cold. She has vanished.

Read more here. Read about another missing Black girl here.

More Reflections on the GCL Method of Modern Karate.

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Q: What makes ‘modern karate’, specifically the GCL Method of Modern Karate, different than other styles of karate? What makes this karate unique?

A: This system of karate prepares students for real-deal, no rules, no one to help you, full-contact fighting.

Our ‘style’ comes from a long-line of traditional-yet-modern full-contact (“knockdown”) karate schools, specifically Kyokushinkai and Enshin. Our focus, however, is not on winning tournaments, but surviving violent encounters with one or more opponents, both ‘armed’ and ‘unarmed’. Its nickname, Shigaisen, means “street fighting” in the Japanese language.

While we do like the aesthetic (and notoriously tough training) of traditional karate, we also realize that we live in the 21st century. And we live in the United States, with its rising crimes rates (hate crimes in particular); and its long history (and current reality) of the celebration and glorification of violence (and its numerous and varied justifications). This envi…

Russian airline teaches staff martial arts to fight unruly passengers.

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Low-cost carrier Pobeda Airlines says it plans to teach its ground staffers judo and sambo, a martial art developed by the Soviet Red Army in the 1920s, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

Hate Crime: Trans woman pleads for her life before being beaten to death.

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Warning: article and video are extremely graphic. We post this to help expose these crimes against a vulnerable section of humanity, so as do our part to help STOP these crimes.

This is also a subtle reminder of why we teach what we teach. If we can help save just ONE life, it's worth it.

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Self-Defense Products: Types of Pepper Spray (Less-Lethal Weaponry).

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Responding To Harrassment.

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Study: The Social-Psychological Outcomes Of Martial Arts Practice.

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Martial arts involvement among the youth has been described in controversial terms. Studies regarding the effects of martial arts practice on youth show contrasting images.

While some refer to enhanced personal and social opportunities for those that participate, others warn against increased levels of aggressiveness and antisocial behavior among its participants. The aim of the present review is to provide, firstly, an overview of the major findings of studies concerning the social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice.

Secondly, the limitations of those studies are discussed. From more than 350 papers, collected during a two-year lasting literature study, 27 papers met all criteria to be included in this study.

This review revealed that even though a considerable amount of research on social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice has been conducted over the years, to date, it has not brought clarity in the existing duality regarding the possible effects of mart…