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Good Morning, folks!

Been another whirlwind of a day in 2010. Loving every minute of this year so far. Last weekend was by far one of the most fun weekends I've had in months. I took the Unarmed self defense course from Insights. 2 day course, from 8AM-6PM.

This is where I heard my heart say, "learning is breath for the soul." Learned some great stuff and actively practiced all weekend long. The end of the course was highlighted by the Ex-Special Ops Army Ranger dude attacked each of us while we stood in the middle of the 14 person class room with our eyes closed. He attacked us until we effectively "knocked him out/off us good enough for us to run away."

He did this the first time 2-5 times, depending on your level of ability. (Me 5 times :P)
I, as usual, volunteered to go first. :D I'm a dork like that. I love to go first.
Scary, scary waiting for him to lunge at you from god-knows-what angle! I froze up more my first time around with this, I find where a lot of women will screamscreamscream and try and run, my condition is to freeze up and forget wtf to do. Fortunately I figured it out; Greg was not letting up until we threw a strike that would stun him if he wasn't wearing his full body padding.

Unfortunately the guy after my second turn (he decided to go back through the group one more time - I did MUCH better time #2, because I realized what my weakness was) accidentally fell wrong on Greg's leg! The guy who was being attacked was an EMT, so he immediately was able to say, "yep, Greg. It's broken."

Greg, founder of the training facility - had taught 20 years of classes and this was his first injury on the job :P

Regardless, it was a very action filled class with lots of important and usable take away. Although very spendy for the course, I give it a 5 star rating. I would do it again, and hope to take it again sometime when I have another spare $275.

There are many other courses, and I drool over them all. It was 1 instructor and 4-5 coaches in the room at any given time to help give pointers as they observed us practicing against each other.
I will tell you right now - it was way harder to be the "bad guy," while students practiced against you. "CHOKE ME OUT!!!!!" "PUNCH ME IN THE FACE" were things you could hear non stop in the class.

We practiced ground fighting, defense against chokes, bear hugs, kicks, holds. All sorts of handy stuff. Pre-emptive strikes!

Oh, man. This stuff was right up my ally. The best part is that now I have the real balls behind my already intensely keen observance skills. If someone attacks me, I am confident they will be the ones leaving with a broken face, and not me.

:)

They have a great handgun course, that I really wish I could take. I know I'd leave a weekend of shooting a much, much better shooter. They are also partnering with West Coast Armory's new shooting range soon. West Coast Armory is my favorite weapons shop.

:D IT's right here in Issaquah and I run by it all the time!!! Feeling the urge to save up to buy a nice sidearm for myself, with the knowledge that I can only carry so often... seeing as I wear clothes that are too tight to conceal easily unless I've got a baggy hoodie. Hmmm. I also am interested in their "knife fighting" class, that's something I feel like would be handy right now as a protective device that I could utilize right now without any training beyond: "STRIKE TO THE NECK" which is already a piece of knowledge I have as it is. Strike to the neck with a knife, that works. Anyone want to get in the way of a knife laced power punch???

Hm.

Anyway, the rest of the week was spent being sore from being thrown around for 2 days straight.
I have lots more stories from the class, but right now my work list is like a mile long...

I just feel like a breeze of positive, powerful energy has been blowing through my life. As Mercury and Mars goes direct, I feel like it can only get better. As far as my weight loss goals, week #1 of officially weighing weekly; I've lost 3lbs - after plateauing for effectively 3-4 months. Here goes, world! Consistency is my priority.

Here's to continued progress.

-Angela

Niiice!

Date: 2010-01-14 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithisia.livejournal.com
Great blog.
It makes some great basic points for sure!

-Angela

Date: 2010-01-14 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitch25.livejournal.com
Kinda the preferred way to live life, much less a fight. Thank you for this!

Date: 2010-01-14 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] princekermit.livejournal.com
You prefer eating eyes? :-)

Yeah, V has got some pretty out-there ideas, but occasionally she hits one out of the park.

Date: 2010-01-14 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitch25.livejournal.com
Dude, I grew up in the culture that has menudo. Eyes are but the tip of the iceberg. :-)

V just has the courage to say what so many are just thinking. And I think I have a crush now. :-)

Psychology

Date: 2010-01-14 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithisia.livejournal.com
The big deal is realizing that a lot of a "fight" if you will - begins with psychology and animal cues to begin with. That means in order to get out of a situation, you should employ some psychological defense techniques usually. :D

It's a very good point.
:)

-Angela

Date: 2010-01-14 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vixenesque93.livejournal.com
Neat blog...I think I'll have to bookmark this for later reading (there's some interesting stuff here)!

Date: 2010-01-16 08:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seattleotaku.livejournal.com
Good one. So many vulnerable points, so few ways for an attacker to protect them all.

Now I can't reread the bit about "CHOKE ME OUT!"/"PUNCH ME IN THE FACE!" class moments without thinking, "I'LL EAT YOUR EYES!"

Date: 2010-01-14 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitch25.livejournal.com
IF you find yourself wishing company for the handgun course (besides your current hotnesses, drop me a line. I've been contemplating finding one, and I keep hearing really good things about West Coast Armory.

Another tidbit about West Coast Armory

Date: 2010-01-14 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithisia.livejournal.com
IPD goes there to get all of their weapons :D

-Angela

Re: Another tidbit about West Coast Armory

Date: 2010-01-14 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithisia.livejournal.com
You're totally right tho - M.
My current hotnesses love firearms each, lol!
I'll let you know. It will have to be something ready to fit into the budget, if you know what I mean! Silly money.

-Angela

Re: Another tidbit about West Coast Armory

Date: 2010-01-15 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitch25.livejournal.com
As long as they offer loaner weaponry, I'm good otherwise. Going to be a bit before I get my own, and I need to spend time at a range testing out what I like. But in the meantime, I'd like to learn a little more so I can feel like I have a good perspective.

Date: 2010-01-15 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianthus.livejournal.com
Basics class, or are you talking about the handgun defense? I took a beginning course a year & a half ago from them. I've only gone out shooting once since. I lack both practice and natural talent ;-)

The classes

Date: 2010-01-15 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ithisia.livejournal.com
A couple of different classes. I have the basics down, I've been shooting for years.

The first one would be the General Defensive Handgun Training, and second one I'd be interested in would be the intensive handgun skills.

But these both add up to about $1000 for 2 weekends. Again - it's a budget issue. :)

-Angela

Date: 2010-01-15 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nobodyberry.livejournal.com
Reading about your progress brings a smile to my face. :)

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