On January 23, Feral Book Press will be hosting a book release party at the Victory Lounge (433 Eastlake Ave E).  Living in Liberation is Cristien Storm’s first book, the culmination of over 20 years working with self-defense, self-care, social change and healing.  Storm was one of Home Alive’s founders, and helped build it from a small band of musicians and artists to a highly active safety and social justice organization whose influence was felt across the Seattle area.  Home Alive offered a wide array of self-defense programs, from short presentations to large groups to workshops and multi-session courses open to the public.

For more information visit http://www.seattleactivism.org/events/event6853.htm.  Hope to see you there!

In this story, a 71-year old woman was accosted by a would-be burglar. So she grabbed his ear and kicked him in the groin. Read this story here.

The unusual twist to this story is that this woman is Dawn Fraser, an Australian swimmer who won eight gold Olympic medals between 1956 and 1964. According to this story, she has a reputation of being feisty. The example given in the article was that she once smacked a teammate with a pillow during a team meeting discussion.

Hello!!! There’s a big difference between a pillow fight and an assault. Glad to see, though, that she’s world-class at both. As I tell my self-defense classes, the second most critical element in successful self-defense is your spirit. (The first is trusting your gut.)

Dawn Fraser, self-defense instructors of the world salute you!