Raven Koch & Self Defense from the Inside Out, Coming to SDIC!

25 04 2011

Many of us teaching self-defense count Nadia Telsey’s workbook, “Self-Defense from the Inside Out, A Women’s Workbook for Developing Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Skills for Safety (Breaking Free, 1994),” as one of the most groundbreaking and transformative works influencing our own education as self-defense instructors. We are honored to announce that Raven Koch, who is certified to teach Nadia’s Self-Defense from the Inside Out (SDIO) Curriculum without restrictions, will be bringing some of these classes to SDIC-ST 2011.

Raven Koch became acquainted with self-defense at an International Women’s Day celebration in Eugene, Oregon, in the late 1990’s. She fell in love with the practice in a class on the subject at the University of Oregon. The teacher was Nadia Telsey, the community was fierce and powerful, and the experience was life-changing. In 2000, Raven began work at the local sexual violence crisis center as the coordinator of their self-defense program, and began her own journey as an instructor. Over the next 11 years and counting, she has dabbled in a handful of martial arts, including karate and Tae Kwon Do, attended NWMAF’s Special Training and Mona Lisa’s Sword training, and taught lots and lots of people how to palm-heel strike as well as the importance of self-love. She has worked with formerly incarcerated women, homeless LGBT youth, survivors of child abuse, people with mental illness, and many other marginalized populations. Over the last few years, she has been an instructor with the Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) in Brooklyn, New York, and has had the honor of bringing CAE’s excellent self-defense curriculum into diverse settings within the five boroughs and beyond, including shelters, hospitals, and public schools.

In addition to self-defense, Raven also declares deep abiding passions for gourmet vegetarian cooking, witchcraft, and healing arts of all kinds, but especially acupuncture and the ocean.

Please see Raven’s workshop descriptions, below, and go to the NWMAF website to register for SDIC-ST 2011 today! Print out an SDIC-ST brochure or flyer to share with your friends, colleagues, and martial arts sisters! We can’t wait to see you in July!

“Transforming Denial into Awareness and Intuition,” with Raven Koch

Have you ever had a “funny feeling” about someone, and then talked yourself out of it? Have you ever handled an emergency? Some of the same skills we use in handling everyday difficulties apply in self-defense situations, but we may have additional barriers to self-care when it comes to acting on our gut feelings. In this session we will examine our willingness to recognize trouble, trust our intuition, and take action! This class is based on Nadia Telsey’s workbook, “Self-Defense from the Inside Out, A Women’s Workbook for Developing Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Skills for Safety (Breaking Free, 1994).”

“Transforming Self-Blame into Anger,” with Raven Koch

Anger is often viewed as a bad thing – and it can be destructive – however, we can harness this emotion as a powerful tool for change. Anger can help mobilize us through fear and into action, on behalf of ourselves and our communities. In this session we will examine how we assign responsibility to ourselves and others and how anger can be a potent tool of self-care. This class is based on Nadia Telsey’s workbook, “Self-Defense from the Inside Out, A Women’s Workbook for Developing Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Skills for Safety (Breaking Free, 1994).”

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