Applied Microagression Defense: An interactive workshop with Darlene DeFour

10 05 2010

As noted in the February 2009 journal of the American Psychological Association, “some racism is so subtle that neither victim nor perpetrator may entirely understand what is going on—which may be especially toxic for people of color.” (You can read the full article at

What tools do self defense instructors need to respond to racist microaggression?  What strategies can we offer our students?

We are thrilled to welcome Darlene DeFour to teach Applied Microaggression Defense at SDIC ‘10. This workshop will offer dialogue and consideration of these phenomena, along with interactive exercises to help us all build effective self defense skills to respond.

A native of Harlem, New York, Darlene graduated from Fisk University and received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. In addition to her work as a research psychologist, Darlene has been training in the martial arts for more than 25 years. She is a 9th degree Black Belt in San Yama Bushi Ryu Ju-jutsu, the first woman in the system to hold this rank. She also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Shotokan karate. Darlene is currently the Chief Ju-jutsu instructor at the Harlem School of Ju-jutsu and Self Defense.

This workshop is sure to provide insights, raise questions, and offer practice opportunities for women of color and white allies. It’s a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Register today at!




3 responses

10 05 2010
Janet Aalfs

This workshop with Darlene DeFour, a highly skilled facilitator and instructor, promises to be a fantastic opportunity to address what goes on re: racism and microaggression in our everyday lives. It will be specifically valuable in helping to improve how we recognize and deal with situations and understandings between and among NWMAF colleagues/ instructors/ students/ organizers/ leaders… As we face with courage and beginner’s mind that which needs to change within our organization, the entire membership will benefit on every level, and we will each become more effective in our everyday work. Thank you for this offering!

10 05 2010

this is something we’ve (NWMAF sd types) have been working on for so long. .. how to handle these types of things when they come up from studetns in class. I can’t wait to see what fantastic strategies Sensei Darlene will teach us!

11 05 2010
Clara Porter

Thank you all for working to bring us topics which are so relevant to our work at a depth which can truly create change! Cannot wait.

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