Reasonable Force

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Over the last few months, I’ve started getting a bit more involved in self-defence stuff, specifically women’s self-defence.  I got into this through learning escrima – we take some fundamental concepts and apply them for students who have no martial experience whatsoever, in the hope of giving them an idea of what they could do and are permitted to do, both by society and in their own minds.  The aim is to instill a bit of confidence, a dose of awareness and the beginnings of a plan. One question that keeps cropping up is what constitutes reasonable force. As an …

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At Least He’s Breathing!

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I was sat in a park near Brixton Underground a few days ago, scribbling away, when a man started having a seizure. He was in his mid-forties, I’d say, and was in the park, lying in the sun, with two of his friends.  We’ll call him John.  John had been there with woman – Jenny – before I arrived, resting on one side, occasionally drinking beer.  His second friend, Joe, had arrived roughly at the same time I was – when he entered the park, he was talking to himself, chiding something no one else could see, but on seeing …

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In Praise of… Daredevil

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I clapped and whooped at the final moment of the final episode of series 1 of Daredevil, and whooped again when I read that series 2 was already in development.  It was not the only time I found myself cheering.  Ah Daredevil – Daredevil!  At last the memories of the film-we-do-not-mention is wiped away, and the TV series comes from upon high (or from Netflix) to redeem us!  Bring on your ninjas!  Bring on blind lawyers with supernatural senses, gangsters and corrupt cops!  Bring on beautifully filmed New York at night, and a pervading sense of futility of what we …

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Self Defence in Limehouse

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On April 25th I’m going to be 50% of the teaching team for this…. https://www.facebook.com/events/1376678412650388/ It’s a self-defence seminar for women happening at Limehouse Town Hall, and I’m really looking forward to it.  There’s a great deal of complexity in doing anything gender-specific, especially in self-defence, but I’ll leave that for a longer discussion another time, and for now say that if you are woman who wants to spend an interesting, informative, fun and friendly couple of hours learning a bit about self-defence on a Saturday afternoon, come join us!

General Election 2015

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It’s on May 7th. Everyone vote. Thank you and farewell.     Wait…. … not sure who to vote for? Go read party policies.  Go listen to speeches by leaders and your local candidates.  Research; can’t beat it.  The voting patterns of all our MPs, their statements, interests and affiliations are out there to be found.  May as well get nosey. For my part… I’m in a safe Labour seat.  My local MP isn’t necessarily my favourite human being on the planet, but on a local level she doesn’t do any active harm from what I can see, and on …

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