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posted Friday, June 4, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 23
JUNE 13 - Self-defense workshop for Gay men
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JUNE 13 - Self-defense workshop for Gay men

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Fight the Fear Campaign self-defense workshop
June 13, 1-3 PM
Location TBA


Fight the Fear Campaign officials have announced a free self-defense workshop for Gay men on June 13 from 1-3 p.m. to be held in Seattle's Central District. The community event is a collaborative effort in partnership with the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Police Foundation.

"We have been teaching classes since the beginning of this year in a variety of different communities," Seattle Police Department Community Outreach-LGBTQ Detective Kim Bogucki told SGN. "The June 13 event is outreach for pre-Pride events and will be our second for the LGBTQ community."

Fight the Fear Campaign, a quest for confidence through strength, is a community-oriented violence prevention initiative. The organization provides free self-defense training and violence prevention education for women and underserved and at-risk populations.

Fight the Fear Campaign officials say that self-defense training should be easily accessible to everyone because "the skills and confidence that it builds are a proven deterrent to violence."

The classes provided by the organization are basic self-defense skills, including awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting and fighting techniques, and will also provide access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. Officials say their goal in 2010 is to provide a number of classes at Seattle-area women's shelters, senior centers, community centers, homeless centers, and other gathering places.

"The June 13 event is one in a series of free self-defense workshops offered by Fight the Fear Campaign," Melinda Johnson, executive director for Fight the Fear Campaign told SGN. "We are hoping to directly serve the needs of the LGBTQ community with these two workshops."

Johnson says the two workshops will cover basic self-defense concepts and skills. "We will practice physical self-defense skills so participants should be prepared to work hard," she said.

The lead instructor for the workshop will be Sifu Michelle McVadon, chief instructor at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu.

According to Johnson, the first workshop is geared toward the particular threat that Gay men might face, while the second workshop will address building a safety plan for couples and is open to all genders and orientations.

To sign up for the June 13 workshop, you must register online at the organization's website, www.fightthefearcampaign.org. Once you have registered, Fight the Fear Campaign officials will be in contact with you about the event's location.

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