This 4-week beginner’s series teaches class participants the basic philosophy and techniques of Ahimsa Jujitsu. Each class begins with yoga-based breath and warm-up exercises, then moves to a series of yoga asanas specifically designed to complement the jujitsu movements that will be taught in that particular class. All jujitsu techniques will take place on padded mats provided by the instructor.
“Ahimsa” is a Sanskrit word that means non-harm toward ourselves and others. This can only be achieved when the mind is able to fully control the damaging effects of Fear and Anger. Fear can be paralyzing, which allows us to be hurt (emotionally or otherwise) by others. Anger can be an unhealthy stimulant that causes us to lash out and wrecklessly hurt others with our words or actions.
This class is completely safe, controlled, and technique-oriented, but will be more realistic than any type of self-defense techniques most women have experienced. Statistics show that over 80% of assaults end up with both the attacker and the assailant on the ground, with the aggressor trying to maintain a dominant position over the victim. Most people, including the attacker, have no idea what to do when the attack moves to the ground. A knowledgeable person can take advantage of this to achieve an advantageous position over the attacker. Once this position is established, a number of neutralizing defenses can be employed.
Edward has studied the martial arts for over 40 years and has earned multiple black belts in karate and jujitsu. He has trained with both Royce and Rener Gracie, whose family created Brazilian Jujitsu in the early 1900’s. Edward has had a home-based yoga practice for over 10 years, and completed his 200-hour Glowing Body Teacher Training under Cindy Dollar in May 2016. The teacher training inspired him to create a yoga-martial arts fusion he has named “Ahimsa Jujitsu.” This completely unique approach incorporates physical and philosophical elements of yoga such as asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and ahimsa (non-harm, to self and others) into an effective but non-violent self-defense system.
Edward holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee, and has written a book on martial arts philosophy, “Wisdom of the Mystic Mountain Warrior.”