Realistic Self Defense Workshop

*** It's a great day to kick some a$$!  See you there! ***

UPDATE #5: I will meet everyone at the top of the stairs of the Smithsonian Metro stop MALLSIDE exit.  Look for the red balloon!  In the event of rain, I will direct you to a covered area (a block away) the instructor has informed me we can utilize.

UPDATE #4: I mention this in the event posting, but just a reminder to sign and bring with you the liability waiver here...  http://files.meetup.com/214400/self_defense_waiver.pdf.  Also, don't forget to wear comfortable clothes, long pants, and athletic shoes.  No shorts please.

UPDATE #3: There are still 7 spots left, so you may claim a spot by arriving early with exact cash. Also, there are usually 3 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to join us. Make sure to come early with exact cash.

UPDATE #2: The early-bird price has now ended and the ticket price is now $20. Looking forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE #1: There are 9 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $15 to $20 when the early bird spots are gone or before Sunday, June 3rd (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I'll be removing those that haven't paid by Monday, May 21st. So make payment to *truly* lock in your spot.

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Violent crime in DC is 3 times the national average.

Let's learn how to realistically defend ourselves on the street using effective, practical techniques.

I have recruited Joe Chandler, Chan Tao Founder and P.R.I.D.E Authentic Self Defense Developer with 30 years martial arts experience, as our instructor.  Join us for this informative, interactive, and fun 2 - 3 hour introductory session and hands on (yes, HANDS ON!) workshop as we achieve realistic training that has application on the street.

We'll train using situations, scenarios, environments, and locations that apply to our needs and lifestyle! Our concerns, experiences, insecurities, and fears will be addressed to help educate us on trends, threats, and to develop instinctive abilities that will open our eyes and lead us to empowerment and feeling more confident.  The approach will be tailored for our situation, location, and demographic.  We'll learn what we need to know, discuss what we want to know, and shown how to explore and use our natural instincts to develop and apply effective, deterrents, techniques and processes in real life situations.

We'll get real "down and dirty!"  No uniforms, no bowing, no hard to understand traditional words you cannot spell.  Though the intensity gets high and the task and focus at hand is very serious, we'll get to enjoy ourselves and yes, laugh out loud due to the entertainment value of our subject matter and the creative interactive experience.

We are priveledged to have Coach / Master Joe Chandler as our instructor.  As a certified 5th degree black belt in multiple disciplines (Chun Kuk Do, Tang Soo Do, and Chun Kuk Moo Sul), a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan, a blue belt in Machado Jiu-Jitsu, and a former full contact fighter, he is an established and recognized instructor, competitor, coach, champion, and innovator for over 30 years, and has taught reality street self defense seminars for over 20 years.  He has worked with federal and local law enforcement. He has also taught and trained military, homeland security, bouncers, event staff, and government personnel.

Our class consists of lecture and lessons, followed by hands-on training where we'll practice techniques that have real life application on the street!

The normal charge for this event is $30 elsewhere.  We've got an early bird special for this event of $15 (the price of an entree at many restaurants)!  The first 20 paid sign-ups, or those who pay before Sunday, June 3rd get the early bird price!  After that, the ticket price will go to $20.  We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early and make payment to get the early bird price!

Also please know that your RSVP is not guaranteed unless we receive payment.  When you pay, your online receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment.

Come join us, tell a friend, and let's get together to learn realistic street self defense techniques!  Hope to see you there for this practical, informative, interactive, and fun workshop!

- J.T.

P.S.  Wear comfortable clothes, long pants, and athletic shoes.  No shorts please.  Also, please note we will all need to sign the liability waiver found here... http://files.meetup.com/214400/self_defense_waiver.pdf. Please print, fill out, and bring with you.

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Metro

Closest metro is Smithsonian (Orange/Blue Line). We suggest Metro / cabbing if you can. We also recommend using wmata for travel planning. Don't forget to account for Metro and traffic delays.

Payment Instructions (Paypal account not required):

Please follow the instructions below for making payment.  Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out.  Most of our events do sell out, so we recommend you secure your spot online early.

  1. Select "Yes" under "Will you attend?"
  2. Enter the number of guests coming and click "rsvp"
  3. Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you're paying for, click "Pay Now" button
  4. If you don't have a Paypal account, click "Pay with a Debit or Credit Card"
  5. If you have a Paypal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via Paypal

Refund Policy

Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. Work out payment between yourselves, and send us an email letting us know who will be taking your spot. Thanks for understanding. =)

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  • Svetlana O W.

    learned a few useful tricks, thinking about taking a course. had a great time overall

    June 18, 2012

  • Daphne

    Good overview. More one-on-one time with the instructor-types would have been helpful, but in a large group, it's not practical. When you're with friends, you tend to pull your punches a little.

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Time went fast. Being outside was a change in environment. Learned that getting in someone's face is a tactic. Liked the easy hand movements to point someone away from you so you can run in the opposite direction. Went through various scenarios.

    June 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not gonna make it. :(

    June 10, 2012

  • J.T.

    Roberta, I mentioned this in the event posting, but I am here with the red balloon at the metro stop next to the mall (mall side exit)

    June 10, 2012

  • Roberta

    I have been walking around for more than 15 min now and saw no one. I just wonder what the real address is for this workshop.

    June 10, 2012

  • Cathy

    I had a last-minute family matter come up so can no longer attend. Sorry and if someone shows up that doesn't already have a ticket, they're welcome to my place.

    June 10, 2012

  • Mike TUG M.

    Just realized that this is in DC... I don't go into DC or Maryland because of their Conceal Carry laws...

    June 10, 2012

  • Rosie B

    I cannot attend this afterall. I have an injured ankle due to playing tennis and probably my other sports. Hence, I bought this for the early bird cost of $15. Does anyone want to take my place? Please email me. Thanks.

    June 7, 2012

  • J.T.

    @Tricia, I heard back from the instructor, and he said that if you wish to observe and be a part of the discussion, that's fine. However, he requests that you come to the next one after pregnancy for the drills and hands on practice.

    @Mike, this group is open to all! So unless an event specifically says one gender or another, it is not only open to women. So feel free to sign up!

    June 4, 2012

  • Mike TUG M.

    Is this only open to women?

    June 4, 2012

  • J.T.

    I will ask the instructor Tricia but depending on how pregnant you are and after consulting with your physician, I don't foresee any issues.

    May 29, 2012

  • tricia

    Is this class inclusive of pregnant women?

    May 22, 2012

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  • J.T.
    30s & 40s Head Organizer! - 4675 Going Out Points!, Assistant Organizer
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  • Cheron
    70 Going Out Points!
  • Rosie B
    21 Going Out Points!
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  • Roberta
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  • Cathy
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  • Jennifer
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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled

Additional notes: Since we paid in advance for this event, all sales are final unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled. Similar to a concert ticket, you are free to sell your ticket to someone else if you cannot attend. Send us an email with who will take your spot.

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