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Self-Defense as Social Justice -- Spotlight on Jay O'Shea

October 10, 2018

We’ve talked before about the “power of one,” and how one woman can have an impact on one community that can then go on to impact the entire world.


Janet (Jay) O’Shea, a professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, an accomplished martial artist, and ESD Global Camp 2017 participant, is a perfect example of that power.


O’Shea’s journey into the world of empowerment self-defense began in 2015, when a debate on campus erupted in which self-defense was portrayed as victim blaming.


In response, O’Shea, who had participated in empowerment self-defense training through NWMAF, organized a panel of self-defense