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Warrior Wisdom Self-Defense: Practical Self-Defense for Everyday Living

Empower yourself to prevent against common attacks & adverse situations through 8-classes. Every class has a different attack & each one has multiple counter attacks. They are meant to go in sequence & build on previous moves. Enjoy & thank you!

Warrior Wisdom Self-Defense: Practical Self-Defense for Everyday Living

Empower yourself to prevent against common attacks & adverse situations through 8-classes. Every class has a different attack & each one has multiple counter attacks. They are meant to go in sequence & build on previous moves. Enjoy & thank you!
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Aloha Everyone, My name is Tasha Ina Church and I am a Self-Defense Instructor on the beautiful island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Finding the warrior within refers to that strength we all possess should we so choose to use it. There is a saying, "Fate whispers to the warrior, "You can't withstand the storm." And the warrior whispers back, "I am the storm!"" I want people to feel that feeling within them, to have the ability to survive difficult and sometimes terrifying situations. Throughout my adult years, I have been passionate about self-defense and teaching people, especially women, what to do in an emergency situation if they arise. It occurred to me that I cannot reach everyone through in-person classes alone and that is why I have created this course especially for people like you! Watch, enjoy the process, and thank you for going on this journey with me!
This intro video shares what previous styles I have studied and some of the styles I am pulling from to teach this course.
It's always great to get to know someone before you work with them. I have been doing self-defense for 17 years. Teaching for 15 years and have accomplished a lot in between. Here is my virtual bio explaining why I do this work and showing a bit of what I do.
To start things off, I wanted you to hear from one of the Warrior Womyn in my life! This is Kellie O'Rourke. She took this self-defense workshop and wanted to share her experience with you!. She took this self-defense workshop and wanted to share her experience with you!
This course will go over several moves pulling from several different styles. Here is a throw from a bear hug attack with a step-by-step breakdown of that move. Further instructions for this move are in Class #4 of this 8-Class Series.
Self-defense takes practice to understand. This is not an over the night learning experience. Like martial arts, it should be ongoing to get better at the moves and understand the scenarios, risk factors, and how to survey your attacker, so that you can make the best determination about how to move forward with your work!
Stretching keeps you agile and is vitally important throughout this learning process, along with drinking lots of water! These three stretches are fantastic for improving joint flexibility and range of motions. If you spend time on your phone, computer, or using your hands often, these stretches are for you.  These 3 Aikido stretches turn into self-defense techniques. So pay attention, go forth and get it!
Movement and stances are a big part of the safety process. Knowing how to stand so you are less of a target can mean the difference between someone approaching you and someone leaving you alone! Here are some suggestions first hand: 1) Stand Tall 2) Shoulders Back 3) Head Up (Be Aware of Your Surroundings) 4) Eye Contact (Let That Person Know, "I See YOU!") 5) Hands Up in a Defensive Posture 6) One Foot at Them the Other Shoulder Width Behind and Out at a 45 Degree Angle. This Give You More Balance! Versus Shuffling Your Feet, Watch This Video On Movement to Stay Agile On Your Feet!
This course is meant to give you tools which you can pull from in an emergency situation. While learning noted: it is important to be kind with yourself and understand that everyone has their own learning style and timing. Some with previous background in some form of martial arts may catch on quicker than others. If you were studying for a test, would you read the book once and expect to get an A+? These classes are a process and are meant to be viewed ongoing. They are also meant to be fun! Enjoy the journey!
Learning wrist grabs is the introduction to learning self-defense. Many of the counters to wrist grabs can be crossed over to other forms of attack, such as choke holds, hair grabs, lapel grabs, bear hugs and so on. It is far easier to digest what I am saying when I explain moves starting out with a wrist grab as opposed to a chokehold. Thus, paying attention to these grabs are key because they are easily transferable to other grabs to different areas of your body.  Also, for every move, there are ways to do those moves from inside and outside wrist grabs, along with double handed grabs and double wrist grabs. Point being, I want you to understand the versatility of the moves you are learning. This is going to be a ton of fun! So find a comfortable space, perhaps a trusted partner, make sure you have plenty of time to review the videos and get ready to learn the key tools which may save your life or the life of someone you love! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and get it!
Did you know you only have 4 seconds to react from a choke hold or your lung capacity will give out and you will pass out??? Learn how to quickly maneuver out of a chokehold using simple steps which will help you to respond automatically in a crisis situation or when saving your life. Learn how to quickly maneuver out of a chokehold using simple steps which will help you to respond automatically in a crisis situation. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and prosper!
What to do if someone grabs your shirt, sweatshirt, or lapel of your jacket. Here are some moves that can help you! Lapel grabs are common attacks which people encounter anywhere, however, a common theme is at parties, bars, and sporting events. It doesn't matter how tall you are or they are, you can take a person to the ground. You just have to know how to move. Watch the video and practice with a trusted friend or partner. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and make it happen!
Did you ever have a sibling take a cheap shot when you were younger, grabbing you from behind and taking you to the ground??? Maybe that was just me. Anyway, the moves taught in this section will help you to get out of such a grab. This attack is when someone comes behind your back and grabs you. Here are some simple moves to quickly maneuver out of the situation.  You can do it! Watch and make it happen! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and keep rockin it!
For many short people it is terrifying to think of someone hoisting you up against a wall and you not having use of your legs. Getting pressed up against a wall can trigger claustrophobia or other sensitive emotions. It is scary to think you can't move away from your attacker but what if you didn't have to? What if that was a strength? Being against a wall, in general, is scary but I want you to see how you can manipulate your body to get free. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and just do it!
If this has happened to you before, you know it hurts. For long-haired people, it is important to understand the different moves you can utilize. It is also important to understand that you may lose hair. Sorry. Rather that than something far worse. There are several ways for people to grab your hair. In the video below you will see what to do if someone grabs a handful of hair on the top of your head. You will also see what it is like to get grabbed by a ponytail. While you may lose hair this move may be the difference between being assaulted and getting free.  After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and rise!
Do you ever fear of waking up in bed with a stranger on top of you? I have had several students deal with this very scenario and I want them to know they can get out. Whether it is on the ground, the floor, in a bed, on a table or on a couch, you are not defenseless. You can defend yourself using the tools around you including your own hand and body movement.  Watch to see how! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and show 'em what you're made of!
This wrist throw is an intermediate level move and requires a step-by-step breakdown. Given the opportunity though, this may be one of the most important moves you can learn for versatility when dealing with multiple attacks. Wrist throws, when done properly, can easily be used to take a person to the ground. While learning this move, please take it slow. Just because you can do the move quickly does not mean that move can be done effectively. You are going to want to really concentrate. This move manipulates the body and can render your attacker defenseless, incapacitating them. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and understand you just conquered it all!
This section has an emergency plan sheet in case you have not set up one. It additionally has a women's empowerment section and a section on sexual harassment prevention. I hope you enjoy the process!
Some life scenarios are out of our control. It is vitally important to do what we can to stay calm and focused when dealing with adverse and possibly terrifying situations. Part of that calm comes from preplanning. You got this!
The safety tips listed are some of the top shared based on questions from students! I hope they are helpful and you learn something new!
Women need to feel empowered. Curious what that means? Having choice. Building self-esteem. Continually taking action to make your life better. Attached is an assignment and suggestions that may help you on your journey!

No one wants to deal with an attack, but if it happens, wouldn't you want to be prepared? 

Looking at common attacks women have to face, I pulled the best moves to create workshops and courses which I know to be effective and can save lives. This course has one attack per video to which you will learn multiple counter attacks. Here are the different attacks listed below:

  • 1 handed wrist grab

  • 2 handed wrist grab 

  • Double wrist grab

  • Lapel Grab

  • Chokehold

  • Attacks from behind

  • On the floor

  • Against a wall

  • Hair Grab

By investing in this course, you are also investing in yourself, as well as in others. For every 100 people who complete all 8 classes, I am donating a 1.5-hour intensive safety/self-defense workshop to a women's shelter, or nonprofit focused on supporting women and girls. While this course was designed for women, all are able to gain valuable moves from the course which can save your life!

 

Requirements

This is a beginner level self-defense course and does not have requirements or prerequisites. Below are suggestions.

  • Wear what you would normally wear every day.
  • Take notes which will aid in retention.
  • If you can practice with a buddy do. If not, no worries!

 

Aloha Everyone, My name is Tasha Ina Church and I am a Self-Defense Instructor on the beautiful island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Finding the warrior within refers to that strength we all possess should we so choose to use it. There is a saying, "Fate whispers to the warrior, "You can't withstand the storm." And the warrior whispers back, "I am the storm!"" I want people to feel that feeling within them, to have the ability to survive difficult and sometimes terrifying situations. Throughout my adult years, I have been passionate about self-defense and teaching people, especially women, what to do in an emergency situation if they arise. It occurred to me that I cannot reach everyone through in-person classes alone and that is why I have created this course especially for people like you! Watch, enjoy the process, and thank you for going on this journey with me!
This intro video shares what previous styles I have studied and some of the styles I am pulling from to teach this course.
It's always great to get to know someone before you work with them. I have been doing self-defense for 17 years. Teaching for 15 years and have accomplished a lot in between. Here is my virtual bio explaining why I do this work and showing a bit of what I do.
To start things off, I wanted you to hear from one of the Warrior Womyn in my life! This is Kellie O'Rourke. She took this self-defense workshop and wanted to share her experience with you!. She took this self-defense workshop and wanted to share her experience with you!
This course will go over several moves pulling from several different styles. Here is a throw from a bear hug attack with a step-by-step breakdown of that move. Further instructions for this move are in Class #4 of this 8-Class Series.
Self-defense takes practice to understand. This is not an over the night learning experience. Like martial arts, it should be ongoing to get better at the moves and understand the scenarios, risk factors, and how to survey your attacker, so that you can make the best determination about how to move forward with your work!
Stretching keeps you agile and is vitally important throughout this learning process, along with drinking lots of water! These three stretches are fantastic for improving joint flexibility and range of motions. If you spend time on your phone, computer, or using your hands often, these stretches are for you.  These 3 Aikido stretches turn into self-defense techniques. So pay attention, go forth and get it!
Movement and stances are a big part of the safety process. Knowing how to stand so you are less of a target can mean the difference between someone approaching you and someone leaving you alone! Here are some suggestions first hand: 1) Stand Tall 2) Shoulders Back 3) Head Up (Be Aware of Your Surroundings) 4) Eye Contact (Let That Person Know, "I See YOU!") 5) Hands Up in a Defensive Posture 6) One Foot at Them the Other Shoulder Width Behind and Out at a 45 Degree Angle. This Give You More Balance! Versus Shuffling Your Feet, Watch This Video On Movement to Stay Agile On Your Feet!
This course is meant to give you tools which you can pull from in an emergency situation. While learning noted: it is important to be kind with yourself and understand that everyone has their own learning style and timing. Some with previous background in some form of martial arts may catch on quicker than others. If you were studying for a test, would you read the book once and expect to get an A+? These classes are a process and are meant to be viewed ongoing. They are also meant to be fun! Enjoy the journey!
Learning wrist grabs is the introduction to learning self-defense. Many of the counters to wrist grabs can be crossed over to other forms of attack, such as choke holds, hair grabs, lapel grabs, bear hugs and so on. It is far easier to digest what I am saying when I explain moves starting out with a wrist grab as opposed to a chokehold. Thus, paying attention to these grabs are key because they are easily transferable to other grabs to different areas of your body.  Also, for every move, there are ways to do those moves from inside and outside wrist grabs, along with double handed grabs and double wrist grabs. Point being, I want you to understand the versatility of the moves you are learning. This is going to be a ton of fun! So find a comfortable space, perhaps a trusted partner, make sure you have plenty of time to review the videos and get ready to learn the key tools which may save your life or the life of someone you love! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and get it!
Did you know you only have 4 seconds to react from a choke hold or your lung capacity will give out and you will pass out??? Learn how to quickly maneuver out of a chokehold using simple steps which will help you to respond automatically in a crisis situation or when saving your life. Learn how to quickly maneuver out of a chokehold using simple steps which will help you to respond automatically in a crisis situation. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and prosper!
What to do if someone grabs your shirt, sweatshirt, or lapel of your jacket. Here are some moves that can help you! Lapel grabs are common attacks which people encounter anywhere, however, a common theme is at parties, bars, and sporting events. It doesn't matter how tall you are or they are, you can take a person to the ground. You just have to know how to move. Watch the video and practice with a trusted friend or partner. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and make it happen!
Did you ever have a sibling take a cheap shot when you were younger, grabbing you from behind and taking you to the ground??? Maybe that was just me. Anyway, the moves taught in this section will help you to get out of such a grab. This attack is when someone comes behind your back and grabs you. Here are some simple moves to quickly maneuver out of the situation.  You can do it! Watch and make it happen! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and keep rockin it!
For many short people it is terrifying to think of someone hoisting you up against a wall and you not having use of your legs. Getting pressed up against a wall can trigger claustrophobia or other sensitive emotions. It is scary to think you can't move away from your attacker but what if you didn't have to? What if that was a strength? Being against a wall, in general, is scary but I want you to see how you can manipulate your body to get free. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and just do it!
If this has happened to you before, you know it hurts. For long-haired people, it is important to understand the different moves you can utilize. It is also important to understand that you may lose hair. Sorry. Rather that than something far worse. There are several ways for people to grab your hair. In the video below you will see what to do if someone grabs a handful of hair on the top of your head. You will also see what it is like to get grabbed by a ponytail. While you may lose hair this move may be the difference between being assaulted and getting free.  After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and rise!
Do you ever fear of waking up in bed with a stranger on top of you? I have had several students deal with this very scenario and I want them to know they can get out. Whether it is on the ground, the floor, in a bed, on a table or on a couch, you are not defenseless. You can defend yourself using the tools around you including your own hand and body movement.  Watch to see how! After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and show 'em what you're made of!
This wrist throw is an intermediate level move and requires a step-by-step breakdown. Given the opportunity though, this may be one of the most important moves you can learn for versatility when dealing with multiple attacks. Wrist throws, when done properly, can easily be used to take a person to the ground. While learning this move, please take it slow. Just because you can do the move quickly does not mean that move can be done effectively. You are going to want to really concentrate. This move manipulates the body and can render your attacker defenseless, incapacitating them. After Video Assignment: Now that you have seen how it is done and practiced it a few times here is your assignment. For the next week, I want you to run through these moves at least three times each, totaling a minimum of ten minutes per day. This way you are retaining the information and since you are doing repetition after repetition, the goal is for it to become second nature. Go forth and understand you just conquered it all!
This section has an emergency plan sheet in case you have not set up one. It additionally has a women's empowerment section and a section on sexual harassment prevention. I hope you enjoy the process!
Some life scenarios are out of our control. It is vitally important to do what we can to stay calm and focused when dealing with adverse and possibly terrifying situations. Part of that calm comes from preplanning. You got this!
The safety tips listed are some of the top shared based on questions from students! I hope they are helpful and you learn something new!
Women need to feel empowered. Curious what that means? Having choice. Building self-esteem. Continually taking action to make your life better. Attached is an assignment and suggestions that may help you on your journey!

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Tasha Church

Self-Defense Instructor, Empowerment Coach, and Safety Strategist
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Aloha from the Hawaiian Islands! 17 years ago I was drawn to study the martial arts due to a difficult circumstance. I had a stalker. It was a scary experience & I knew it was important for me to gain skills which would keep me safe and prevent me from being in compromising situations. For seven years, I studied seven styles of Japanese Martial Arts at the Martial Arts Alumni Association in Washington State. Three years into teaching, I was walking home from an evening of salsa dancing and had the epiphony that if I were attacked, over half the moves I was taught at the dojo would be ineffective wearing 3 inch heels and a dress! So, I created a curriculum designed to deliver practical self-defense moves for everyday living. Before moving to Hawaii, I co-founded an empowerment business which taught self-defense to middle school and high school girls touching on self-esteem, body image, and self-defense training.

I currently work with individuals, groups, businesses, resorts, and other corporations, teaching leadership trainings, along with self-defense and safety trainings. In these sessions we creating emergency plans and assessing the client's environments. It is my life's work and I enjoy what I do! I hope you enjoy too!

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