Integrating Movement into Your Self-Defense Classes, with Sonya Richardson at SDIC 2011

1 06 2011

We hope you have been enjoying these previews of the wonderful presenters you’ll be enjoying at SDIC-ST 2011…  And there’s more to come!  We are honored to announce that Sonya Richardson will be presenting a session on Integrating Movement into Your Self-Defense Class,this July.  Please see more about Sonya and this session, below, and go to our NWMAF website to register.

Sonya Richardson has been training in the martial arts since 1990. She received her 3rd degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo, the Gaylord Method, under Professor Coleen Gragen and was promoted to 5th degree Black Belt by her current teacher, Professor Barbara Bones. Sonya is Executive Director and Head Instructor of Kajukenbo Programs at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland, California. She also holds a Sandan in Kenpo Karate under Professor Gloria Boldizar. Sonya is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, having practiced for over 20 years.  Sonya’s teaching experiences include multiple offerings for AWMAI, NWMAF, and PAWMA national camps, as well as out-of-state and local seminars for community martial arts schools and the Kajukenbo Association of America. She is particularly honored to have served as one of two instructors for SDIC’s pilot Community Self-Defense Class last year. Sonya is delighted to attend and teach again at SDIC. She salutes and is grateful for the consistent leadership efforts of camp organizers.

“Integrating Movement into Your Self-Defense Class,” with Sonya Richardson

Self-defense and martial arts instructors use warm-ups for all ages and audiences. Movement and action-based ice-breakers serve as an effective method for students to become aware of their surroundings, introduce self-defense essentials, and explore an array of body-mind strengths. In addition, movement drills performed with partners or in a group among class participants help expedite development of trust and camaraderie — truly beneficial in creating a comfortable setting and optimal learning environment. In this class we will practice movement exercises as offered by the instructor as well as brainstorm new ones with one another.  We can use this conference class both to learn new material and share valued knowledge and experience we have with others.  Wear comfortable clothing.  The exertion level will be determined by each participant, but likely will be minimal.  This class is accessible to participants of all physical abilities.

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