In Praise of Pool Noodles

For my International Women’s Self Defense Day workshop, I started class with pool noodle duels. After a few minutes, I had a group of adult women, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, playing, giggling, and, not incidentally, trying to hit each other. By the time we moved on to yelling “no” and hitting pads, they were ready to go. This workshop was my first time teaching ESD, though I’ve given a lot of presentations on self defense and taught a lot of Aikido. Many of my fellow students from last summer’s camp found pool noodles valuable in their classes, so I decided to try them. I’m glad I did. Giving newcomers to self-defense some time to play fight in a safe environment sets the st

Teaching ESD to Refugees in Lesvos, Greece

I recently had the the opportunity to spend six days in Lesvos, Greece teaching empowerment self-defense to refugees in camps throughout the island. While I was there, I taught three full ESD courses and one introduction to self-defense class. The participants were refugees from different countries, as well as foreign and local volunteers and local women. I’d like to share some amazing numbers with you: Seventy women from sixteen different countries received ESD training, in seven different languages. The women laughed, learned to yell, move their bodies, set verbal boundaries, say NO, walk in an assertive, safe and alert manner, and trust themselves and their bodies to defend themselves wit

Reflections on the First Year of ESD Global

Reflections on the First Year of ESD Global ​Dear Friends and Supporters, November marks the one year anniversary of ESD Global Inc. It has been an exciting first year. In August, we welcomed 28 women from around the world to the second ESD Global Self-Defense Instructors Training Camp in New York. It was an inspiring and energizing week which has already resulted in new ESD offerings far and wide from Australia to Chile to the USA. Thank you for your generous donations which provided camp scholarships. We are thrilled to be getting regular inquiries from people around the world who would like to train in ESD and bring it to their communities.​ From a screening of Beauty Bites Beast in Aust

Invitation to Sign The Every Woman Treaty

​​​​“I stand for a life free from all forms of violence for every woman and girl, everywhere. I hereby join the call for a Global Treaty to Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls.” ~ Every Woman Treaty ​​Dear Friends and Supporters, It gives me great pleasure to invite you to the signing of The Every Woman Treaty, which will take place at the El HaLev Center in Jerusalem on November 27th, 2018. The objective of the treaty, written by the Every Woman Everywhere Coalition (EEC), is to mobilize and execute an international campaign to create a comprehensive and legally-binding set of laws and mandates designed to prevent violence against women and girls through four areas of focus: 1. Refor

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