If we’re not going to fool ourselves and each other, it is clear that there are some dangers in our society that we may have to face, through no fault of our own. Have you ever thought about some specific ones, and made a plan? Many Portlanders carry a spray, a mini-taser, or even a firearm. Others figure that, should a situation arise, their wits and resourcefulness will be what they depend upon. Between the armed and the faithful, there is a third group: the ones that train in martial arts. If you haven’t made up your mind, because thinking about the whole thing brings a feeling of paranoia, hear the words of author, educator, leader, national public speaker, and Martial Arts World Champion, John Jenkins: “The difference between being paranoid and being prepared is the [state] of being informed.”
Girls and women can become informed at Jenkin’s “Women's Self Defense: SAFE Plan,” a three-hour seminar at Portland New Church (302 Stevens Ave) on Saturday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $20 for adolescents (12-17, must be accompanied) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-self-defense-safe-plan-tickets-32198544714 .
The SAFE Plan safety program is about: Simplicity (easy to learn, practice and master), Avoidance (learning the skill of risk assessment to help avoid escalating threats), Focus (knowing what to look for in finding a way out of a threatening situation), and Escape (the ability to quickly get out of an unsafe situation). Jenkins stresses that for women, it may be more challenging to pursue goals and realize dreams because of the fear of exposure to risk from the outside. At the seminar, he will discuss how we as humans must change this unevenness. Participants are instructed to bring pen, paper and comfortable clothing. Go and gain a sense of empowerment and self-confidence that you will never lose.