July 7, 2021
What images or concepts come to mind when you think of self-defense? Perhaps Mixed Martial Arts? Kicking and punching? Do you associate it with a particular experience? Or perhaps it conjures feelings of fear, empowerment or apprehension? For many of us, self-defense is not a part of everyday life, and is a concept or experience that can be shrouded in misconceptions.
BALANCE is excited to partner with self-defense instructor and violence prevention specialist Alexis Fabricius in a 5-part course that will aim to shed light on the many misconceptions we may hold (and not even know it!). This course will cover some of the basics of self-defense, but will include additional skills like verbal de-escalation and practicing evaluative techniques in threatening scenarios, while also exploring topics such as violence against the blind and partially sighted, challenging vulnerability and responding to disablism/ableism.
This course will encourage honest discussions about personal safety and violence, in a safe space that is inclusive and open to all. Dates: Wednesday, June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7 from 7-8:30pm.