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Self-Defense Workshop 4-Week Series
Being the Change: An Introduction to Using Aikido in Verbal Assault &
Physical Self-Defense

Objective
In a series of four, 90 minute classes that respect race, gender, LGBTQ, and different beliefs, respond to the current
atmosphere in which verbal and physical assault occurs, using conflict de-escalation techniques, interpersonal
interventions and martial arts skills to increase personal safety, security, and competence. This class greatly expands
upon material covered in the 3-Hour Workshop, with increased techniques, scenarios, and necessary practice time,
but does not require attendance at the 3-Hour Workshop as a prerequisite.

Goals
Learn verbal de-escalation and redirection techniques for dealing with harassment and verbal assault
Learn aikido techniques that apply directly to interpersonal conflict management
Learn basic aikido for evasion of, escape from, and defense against physical assault
Learn to safely interact with and respond to law enforcement
Increase skill retention through increased practice time.

Details
When: Mondays 6:30-7:30p, starts May 1, 2017
Where: River City Aikido Dojo
Cost:  $120
Register below, space is limited.  Upon completion participants will receive a voucher for four free classes and waived
registration fees in ongoing dojo classes.
About the presenter
Brian Hill, MSW, LCSW is a 4th Degree Black Belt, the Chief Instructor, and
owner of River City Aikido, Inc.  He is also a psychotherapist with 23 years
experience and the owner of Navigator Counseling, Inc.  As a therapist and
martial artist, Brian brings a unique and expert perspective on facing threats
and thriving in an uncertain and ever-changing environment, whether it be
academic, social, or personal.  Because he respects diversity and values
multiple perspectives, Brian creates a safe place for people of all
backgrounds to be in community.  Delivering common sense content in
unique and accessible ways, Brian’s mission is to help others become
more resilient, adaptable, and successful.
River City Aikido
3421 Hawthorne Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
804-387-2279   bthill70@gmail.com