Friday, October 4, 2013

5 reasons to join the UChicago Self-Defense Club


FALL 2013 CLASS SCHEDULE
Monday, 6:00 - 7:00, Ratner Dance Room
Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00, Ratner Dance Room (Challenge Class)
No experience required!! Bring athletic clothes.

UChicago Self-Defense Club starts next week. For anyone who is interested in learning both the physical and mental strategies of self-defense, this is the club for you. Self-Defense club teaches students techniques from the Haganah and Krav Maga systems, both of them Israeli martial arts renowned for their practicality and effectiveness in real world encounters. It's always hard to start a new club at school, especially a martial art if you have no/limited experience, so here are five reasons that Self-Defense Club is the right club for you:
  1. ANYONE CAN DO IT REGARDLESS OF EXPERIENCE OR SIZE/STRENGTH
    Haganah and Krav Maga are designed to be used by anyone regardless of their experience, size, fitness, or strength. If you are ever attacked outside of the gym, there is a good chance that your opponent will be bigger and stronger; there are no weight classes in a real fight. Because of that, our techniques use simple body mechanics that work independent of size and strength. We will also help improve your fitness and strength levels so you can be even more effective as a martial artist.
  2. EASY TO LEARN, EASY TO EXECUTE
    It takes years to really learn a martial art, let alone to master it. At the Self-Defense Club, we understand that our students have many responsibilities in their lives and that they can't all train 3 hours a day to take home the title belt. Our simple techniques can be learned in only a few classes, although it will still take lots of practice to get them right under pressure. This martial art is designed so that the average civilian can pick it up and learn it with only a few classes per week.
  3. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE REALITIES OF URBAN CRIME
    Hyde Park is a pretty safe neighborhood, even if some of the surrounding communities are not. And for the most part, the only fights that the average UChicago student will get in are while playing Super Smash Brothers in their dorm lounge. But this is Chicago, and urban crime and interpersonal violence are daily realities of our city. It pays to be prepared for the realities of urban crime. Self-Defense Club gives you both the physical and mental skills/strategies that you need to avoid bad situations and get out of them if they come up.
  4. OVERCOME FEARS, BUILD CONFIDENCE
    The thought of getting attacked is scary, no matter your age or gender. At Self-Defense Club, we train you to overcome your fears in stressful situations, giving you the confidence and courage that you need to prevail in a violent encounter. We work with students go gradually help them face their fears and become more self-assured in their own capabilities.
  5. RELIEVE STRESS AND HAVE FUN!!
    At the end of a long week of midterms and papers, it's a lot of fun to just come to class and smack a punching bag around. The class environment is inclusive and casual, and it's a great place to unwind after a tough day in the Reg. 
We will be at the ORCSA RSO Fair TODAY from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Come on by to learn more or sign up for our listhost. You can also email me at slardner@uchicago.edu or our club president, Merry Herbst, at mherbst@uchicago.edu. And bring/tell a friend about us!

As our (cheesy and giggle-inducing) slogan reminds us: Expect the Best. Prepare for the Worst. Join the UChicago Self-Defense Club!

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