Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Coming to Ann Arbor

Women can’t stop men from being aggressive with them, but they can stop being victimized by men’s aggression. “One in three women will be sexually abused in their lifetimes. It doesn’t have to be.”

So says Thomas Wright, owner of Wright’s Isshinryu Karate in Ann Arbor. On Saturday November 3 he will challenge the odds by offering a self-defense seminar for women at his studio.

When: noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: 4597 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, around the back

Cost: only $10

The seminar will be limited to 30 participants.

According to Wright, “I’ll be teaching the ABC’s of self-defense: Awareness, Boundaries, and Combat. Isshinryu Karate concentrates on all three aspects, to increase your awareness of a developing situation and to give you the knowledge to get yourself out of the situation. Techniques that I teach are simple, intuitive, and highly effective.”

This will be a hands-on clinic, not a classroom lecture, he emphasizes. Women will be on the mats, taking falls, feeling what it’s like to be choked, and learning proven ways to escape and take the offensive.

“Wear comfortable clothing,” Wright adds.

Wright is a 7th degree black belt who has been instructing students from the age of four to, as he says, “older than myself,” in the art and history of Isshinryu Karate for the last 30 years. As both a student and an instructor, he knows that Karate is useful in helping a person gain strength and confidence as well as physical and mental power. In addition, he recently was certified as a Mixed Martial Arts Kearns Conditioning Coach. He offers this physical fitness program for all students, but especially student athletes as a way to continue conditioning between seasons.

For more information, call Wright at (734) 678 1090, send email to info@wrightsfitness.com, or visit his website at www.wrightkarate21.com.