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RGSF Women's Self-Defense: Back to School Special (Part I)

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Ralph Gracie San Francisco Jiu Jitsu Academy

1166 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that "one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college," and "more than 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault." Do you have a female loved one heading off to school? How confident are you about her ability to protect herself? Give your loved ones the gift of empowerment, confidence, and fitness, and consider joining us for the first of two "Back to School" self-defense classes!

Hosted by Ralph Gracie San Francisco and taught by the prestigious gym's legendary coach, Kurt Osiander, most movements will be based in a form of martial arts called Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), though some punching and kicking can be expected. In short think BJJ (already developed for smaller, weaker people to use on bigger, stronger opponents) specifically modified to suit scenarios women might expect to encounter of the street. Each class begins with a light warmup and group stretching followed by roughly an hour of technique.

Specific requests for positions are more than welcome (ideally submitted before the class), and, largely due to the nature of BJJ, almost all injuries and body types can be accommodated. Please dress for yoga and cardio, and note that there's a locker room with showers available for your use before and after class. If possible please arrive 15 minutes early to complete a waiver and get oriented, though late arrivals are also welcome. Please feel free to send a private message if you have any concerns or questions! No prior martial arts experience or class attendance assumed.

Each class costs $25 per person, though participants also interested in the second class (8/8) can purchase a package of both classes for $40 total (saving $5 each class). All self-defense classes are free for Ralph Gracie Association members, and girls aged 11+ are also encouraged to attend. Attendance can be paid for in person via cash or check (made out to Kurt Osiander) or with credit/debit card through the Eventbrite pages.

Feel free to join the Ralph Gracie Self-Defense FB page to help stay up to date on self-defense events and news.

Still need convincing that sexual assault on American campuses is an issue? Here are some resources to help.

US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Washington Post, VICE News, RAINN, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, NY Times, CNN, One in Four USA, Mother Jones, The Atlantic.

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