Self defense class

By Trish Snyder

When you see Ken Rowland walking down the street or at the Bibloteca, he seems like a regular guy —agreeable, soft-spoken with a ready smile.

Self defense class
With Ken Rowland
Wed, Jan 15, 3pm
Calle Rosales
One block north of Orizaba
Colonia San Antonio
More info 154-6060 with Dulce Ortiz

But did you know that he is third degree black belt in Aikido and has been practicing 29 years? Were you aware that he teaches self-defense and works with Mexican youth at his own dojo?

Dojo means practice hall in Japanese. Ken Rowland’s dojo is in colonia San Antonio on Rosales, one block north of Orizaba. This is where Ken will be teaching a class in Personal Self-Defense for Women on Wednesday, January 15, at 3pm.

This is what Ken has to say about the upcoming class:

“It’s most important that women learn how to avoid being attacked, but people need to learn to respond immediately when they have maybe one tenth of a second to respond. There’s a difference between a person stealing your purse and a person trying to attack you — and I will show very simple things as well as a few moves.

My approach is: here is what you can do and here is how to do it. I will cover some common sense but often overlooked habits that will likely prevent the attack in the first place, and how to physically respond to grabs from behind, choke holds, grabs of one or two hands in ways that will free you from the grab and most likely strongly discourage (or make physically impossible) a repeated attack. Almost all attacks on women begin with a grab, though I can show what to do with other attacks if it is desired.

I like to do this in my dojo because I have a padded floor and I would like women to have the experience of throwing someone who grabs them in various ways. I can get a few men from the dojo who know how to fall to come be thrown. Experience of the movement is key.”

There is no charge for this class, but all donations support the 11th annual San Miguel Walk Against Violence, which benefits the Anti-violence program at CASA.

Space is limited and pre-registration is essential. For more information about the class or the Walk, contact Dulce Ortiz at CASA 154-6060 or for English, contact Trish Snyder at 121-0612.


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