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Self Defense: Getting Comfortable In Uncomfortable Situations

Have you ever taken a self defense class? I’m not talking about the fun girls’ night, gouge the eyeballs, kick ’em in the groin, and laugh at your friends one-time self defense class that often comes to mind. I mean a self defense class, with a well-trained instructor that teaches techniques and skills that can actually be useful in real-life situations? A self defense class that incorporates techniques from some of the most functional and effective martial arts in the world, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga. If you have then you know what I mean when I say these classes teach you to get comfortable with being in uncomfortable situations. And while some of these uncomfortable situations do incite giggles, it’s clear that being uncomfortable is not just for fun, but is a necessity for learning how to defend yourself effectively.

My First Class

I remember when I began learning self defense from Japheth, years ago, in a class with several other women who were also new to self defense. There was a lot of nervous giggling, and I’m not ashamed to say a lot of it came from me. While I enjoyed the kicking and striking parts of class (who doesn’t?) I was nervous and cautious when it came to kicking and striking pads that other women were holding. It felt weird putting all my strength into essentially fighting another person. I eventually overcame this of course, but it took some getting used to. And then came the takedowns and the ground work, and the introduction of a whole new level of discomfort. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a true art form. A powerful combination of cognitive skill, mental manipulation, and physical mastery that is unrivaled. It is a challenge like no other, not just because of the amount of mental and physical energy required, but also the level of discomfort involved. The ability to be okay with straddling a stranger or being straddled by a stranger, often bringing faces, crotches, and/or feet into close contact with various other body parts, does not come naturally for a lot of people. In fact, I’d venture to say that some women and men do not like BJJ – and often do not stick with self defense classes – for this reason. People are not innately comfortable with being put in uncomfortable situations. Psychologically and physically, we choose flight.

So Why Do It?

To answer this question, let’s come back to why you came to a self defense class in the first place. Chances are you want to learn to prevent and defend against an attack. Think of an attack that feels comfortable. Right…there isn’t one.

So when learning to defend yourself from an uncomfortable situation you must face the discomfort, acknowledge it, and overcome it.  It’s survival. 

BJJ gives students the skills necessary to defeat even bigger and stronger opponents, how to get out of inferior positions, and how to instead achieve advantageous positions. What would you do if attacked from behind? Or taken down to the ground with the attacker on top of you? Learning how to move and use your body on the ground, especially while in uncomfortable positions, is necessary in order to be successful in any type of ground encounter.

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BJJ teaches real life techniques for real life situations. With a skilled and trusted instructor, in a safe environment, you can and will learn to become more comfortable with the thought and the reality of uncomfortable situations. Take it from me – and the other women in that first class that are still my friends years later, despite us sparring each other every Wednesday night – getting through that discomfort is worth it, for you and for your loved ones.

I encourage you to find an ongoing self defense class and learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones. Learn more about our self defense classes and contact us to try our online self defense services, or if local to Philadelphia, a class or private session.

 

Inversion Workshop

 
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Inversion Workshop 
Join Bronwyn and discover the positive effects of an inversion practice, from the physical body all the way down to the most subtle aspects of your being. Whether you are going upside down for the first time in your practice, or if you are more experienced aiming to hold inversions with more steadiness and without support, this workshop is appropriate for you!
In this workshop series you will learn the basic elements of handstanding and other inversions, including creative and fun exercises that build upper body strength and flexibility, as well as in-jury prevention for shoulders.
Bronwyn has extensive experience in yoga, aerials, acrobatics, and gymnastics.

Date and time:
Sunday, February 7th at 9am for 1 hour

Advanced Registration Required by February 1st
Cost: $25 

Space is limited,
contact us today to register!    

Obstacle Race Workshop

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Obstacle Race Workshop
With Japheth, learn strategy, training cycles, and techniques to optimize your performance in your next Obstacle Race!
Whether you are a top racer, or were thinking about entering your first race for fun, this seminar is for you!
Japheth has trained and trains many elite racers including one of the top Spartan Racers in the country.

Schedule: Saturday, December 5th at 10am for 1 hour
Cost
$35
$25 for unlimited class members of Water and Rock Studio  

Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

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Women’s Self-Defense Workshop

Come train women’s self-defense with Japheth!

His self-defense workshop will teach proven and effective techniques to defend yourself in any situation. It will incorporate an integrated blend of Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and Muay Thai. You’ll learn fundamental and advanced details of striking offense and defense (punch, kick, knee, elbow), defense from being grabbed, choked, or bear hugged, and more!

Whether you would like to learn self-defense for the first time, are an experienced martial artist, or just want to mix up your workout and routine and have fun, you have found your workshop! No experience necessary. All levels and ages welcome. See you soon!

Japheth’s self-defense instruction was featured on CBS and FOX news, He holds instructor level certification in Krav Maga and Muay Thai. He holds a purple belt in BJJ under Royce Gracie with multiple national and international level medals. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

Schedule: Saturday, November 21st 10am for 1 hour

 
Cost
$35
$25 for unlimited class members of Water and Rock Studio  
Space is limited, contact us today to register!

Bob Butera’s Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety Workshop

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Bob Butera’s Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety Workshop

Harness the keys from Bob’s new book, Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety. Learn how to use the basic tools of yoga (postures, breathing practices, relaxation, meditation) to quiet emotions, relax the body, and steady the mind. Deprogram limiting mental habits by examining and reforming long-held, nonconscious belief. Personalize simple, powerful shifts in daily routines in order to create a lifestyle that transforms stress into confidence

Bob Butera Ph.D., M.Div., E-RYT-500, is the founder of the YogaLife Institute and publisher of Yoga Living Magazine.

Schedule:
Thursday, December 17th 7:00pm (1.5-2 hours)

Cost
$35
$25 for unlimited class members of Water and Rock Studio
   


Space is limited, contact us today to register!