To all: Lately, I have been doing more research and reading regarding self defense, crime statistics, including books by Izumi, Ayoob, De Becker, NRA publications......
The more research that I do, the more a self defense mindset has crept into the classes I teach. At the beginning of a new session for beginners, I used to tell them I am NOT teaching self defense. Now I start each session in our 'circle', before we bow in, with a little self defense tidbit, a statistic, perhaps a handout covering awarerness.
During opening exercizes, or when breaking down a kata, I will stop and give a self defense example, or two, of a technique.
An interesting thing is happening. We have a number of women in the classes, and when I show what to do with this knee or where to plant that fingertip the ladies are really watching with interest. When doing hojo undo, they follow along. When being shown a defense application, I can feel their intense gaze. I mean really feel it!
Hmmmm............This is causing me to ask myself why they are here, in this class. The answer is that they want to learn to protect themselves, their children. Uechi-ryu at the healthclub is the path they are taking quite by accident, because it is available.
I'm toying with the idea of coming up with a self defense class for the health club, and use it to feed the Uechi group. However, I am neither certified or qualified to do so. Or am I? What are your thoughts out there?
Rich in Richmond on the James