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Welcome to Paradox Self-Defense


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Welcome to Paradox Self-Defense


Welcome!

Paradox provides powerful self-defense training in an emotionally safe environment. We teach skills that are effective, simple to learn, accessible for people of all fitness levels and abilities, and that you can remember when you need them. We also believe that the best fight is no fight, and give you lots of skills to set verbal boundaries, deescalate tense situations, and escape potentially violent situations. 

Upcoming classes: In the wake of the election, many people in my community are expressing interest in learning self-defense skills. Please contact me directly if you have a group of 8 or more who would like to schedule a 1 to 3 hour class to learn some fundamental skills, including bystander intervention. Lisa@paradoxselfdefense.com or at (510)833-7272

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About


About


About Paradox Self-Defense

I define self-defense as a skill set that allows you to live a bigger, richer, fuller life. I define self-defense in terms of what it gives you, not what it takes away from you. There is a lot of very bad self-defense instruction in the world, and one of the hallmarks is that it focuses on all the things you shouldn't do. My goal is to empower my students so they can do more. 

Better still, these are mostly skills you already have, or ones that are easy for anyone to learn. 

Paradox classes are student-focused, meaning that we try to present material that is relevant to the group we are teaching in a way that is accessible. 

Paradox Self-Defense is not:

  • Fear-based
  • Macho
  • Only for people who are athletic or fit
  • A bunch of random techniques to memorize

Paradox Self-Defense is:

  • Choice-based
  • Respectful of different people's experiences of violence
  • Trauma informed
  • Accessible to nearly everyone
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats
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Mission Statement


Mission Statement


Mission Statement

The more self-defense skills you have, the less likely you are to need to use them. That is the paradox, and the mission of Paradox Self-Defense is to teach people simple, easy to master verbal and physical boundary setting skills that will reduce their chances of being in a situation where they need physical skills to get out. And of course, to teach powerful physical skills that will be there if you need them.