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Date:2016-07-07 15:45
Subject:Intensive Women's Self-Defense Class
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I'm trying something a little different this summer: a two-session, four-hour intensive women's self-defense class.

Dates:      Two Saturdays, July 23 and 30, 2016
Time:       1 to 3 p.m.
Cost:        $90; open to all regardless of ability to pay. Check with me if you need to pay less.
Who:        Women age 16 and up; open to all women, cis or trans
Where:     Mind-Body Dojo
                 7512 Fairmount Ave.
                 El Cerrito, CA

You'll learn:


  • Alertness, awareness, and avoidance: the foundations of self-defense

  • Basic blocks

  • Basic kicks

  • Basic strikes

  • Defenses against common attacks

The emphasis will be on physical practice.

To enroll or if you have questions, contact me at sensei@opendoorjujitsu.com or 510-842-6243. There's also lots of information about me and the classes I teach at opendoorjujitsu.com.

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Date:2015-09-19 11:25
Subject:Women's Self-Defense Class, Oct-Nov 2015
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Updated: New dates & class times!

I'll be teaching a women's self-defense class this fall at my new dojo location in El Cerrito. Please pass along this information to friends, relatives, co-workers, and anyone you know who might be interested in taking such a class; it's fine to circulate on appropriate mailing lists as well. Class size limited to ten, so early enrollment is a good idea!
You'll learn:

  • Alertness, awareness, and avoidance

  • Basic kicks & strikes

  • Escapes from common attacks

  • Street safety

  • How to secure your home, car, and workplace

  • And more!

Four Saturdays, October 10 & 31; November 14 & 21, 2015, 12:30 p.m.. to 3:30 p.m.
Suitable for women age 16 and up. We are LGBTQ-welcoming.

Location:

Mind-Body Dojo
7512 Fairmount, El Cerrito
(near El Cerrito Plaza & BART; across the street from FatApple's Restaurant)

Taught by Lisa Hirsch, Second-degree black belt, Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu
Early payment $110; $125 after Oct. 1; no one turned away for lack of funds.
For more information, contact me: Lhirsch@gmail.com / 510-842-6243

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Date:2015-03-22 14:52
Subject:Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu Intro Class: Sign Up Now!
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Because the class starts on April 4 and has a size limit of 6, that's why!


Class covers rolling & falling, hand arts, basic kicks & strikes, pins,

and even a couple of throws (but not the advanced throw pictured above!).

Taught by Lisa Hirsch, a second-degree black belt with 20+ years of teaching experience.

Eight Saturdays, April 4 to May 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m

Convenient Berkeley location - suitable for age 16 and up.

$200 per student; open to all, regardless of ability to pay.

Any questions? Contact Lisa: Lhirsch@gmail.com / 510-842-6243

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Date:2015-03-04 11:38
Subject:Intro to Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu!
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Mood: excited

Learn basics of the gentle art in eight weeks!

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Class covers rolling & falling, hand arts, basic kicks & strikes, pins,
and even a couple of throws (but not the throw pictured above).

Taught by Lisa Hirsch, a second-degree black belt with 20+ years of teaching experience.

Eight Saturdays, April 4 to May 23, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m
Convenient Berkeley location - suitable for age 16 and up.
$200 per student; open to all, regardless of ability to pay.
Any questions? Contact Lisa: Lhirsch@gmail.com / 510-842-6243

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Date:2015-01-02 11:21
Subject:Six-Week Women's Self-Defense Class, Starting January 17
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You'll learn alertness, awareness, & avoidance; practical defenses against common attacks; basic kicks and strikes. Suitable for women age 16 and up.

Dates: 6 Saturdays, January 17 to February 21, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $125 + short-term AJJF membership. Class must have a minimum of six participants registered. Class size maximum is 10.

Questions? Contact me at lhirsch@gmail.com!

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Date:2014-11-24 17:03
Subject:Women's Self-Defense; Safe Rolling & Falling at Berkeley Dan Zan Ryu
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I've got a couple of special classes scheduled at my jujitsu dojo in Berkeley. All classes will be at Studio 12, Sawtooth Building Bay 1, 2525 8th St., Berkeley, CA. This is immediately south of Dwight Way.

If you'd like more information about either of these classes, send me email (lhirsch@gmail.com) or call my dojo voicemail (510-842-NAGE).

Women's Self-Defense

You'll learn alertness, awareness, & avoidance; practical defenses against common attacks; basic kicks and strikes. Suitable for women age 14 and up.

Dates: 6 Saturdays, January 17 to February 21, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $125 + short-term AJJF membership. Class must have a minimum of six participants registered. Class size maximum is 10.

Safe Rolling & Falling

The basics of safe rolling & falling for people who don't study martial arts. Open to all.

Dates: 10 Saturdays, March 38 to May 30, 2015 (Memorial Day to be discussed)
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $200 + short-term AJJF membership. Class size maximum is 8.

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Date:2014-04-17 10:11
Subject:Safe Rolling & Falling Class at Berkeley Dan Zan Ryu
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I'll be teaching a ten-week class in safe rolling & falling this year. It's intended for adults who aren't studying a martial art on a long-term basis, but who would like a basic grounding in protecting themselves if they happen to fall.

It's a ten-week class and it's open to all adults. Here are the details:

Start date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m. (90 minutes)
Location: Studio 12, Sawtooth Building, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $200 + AJJF membership ($35 for age 16-64, $10 for age 65+). No one turned away for lack of funds.

Class size will be limited to ten students. I'll be teaching several of the rolls and falls from Dan Zan Ryu jujitsu, and there will be plenty of time to practice them. Please do let others know about this class. If you'd like to enroll, please let me know in comments or send me email (lhirsch@gmail.com).

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Date:2013-08-30 17:48
Subject:Self-Defense Class Confirmed!
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It's confirmed: I'll be teaching a women's self-defense class starting in just a few weeks, at a more convenient time that has opened up at Studio 12.
Dates: Six Saturdays from September 21, 2013 through October 26, 2013
Time:  1:15 to 3:15 p.m. (six two-hour classes)
             2525 8th St.
             Berkeley, CA
Cost: $95 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
The class covers alertness, awareness, and avoidance; escapes from common attacks; basic striking and kicking; how to secure your home, workplace, and other skills.

The physical techniques I teach are uncomplicated and easy to learn; they are also adaptable to a wide variety of levels of physical ability.

To sign up, let me know you're planning to attend, by email or phone.

Please feel free to share this information with any women you know who might be interested in this class.

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Date:2013-08-03 10:45
Subject:Upcoming Women's Self-Defense Class
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I am planning to teach a 12-hour women's self-defense class in the Berkeley/Oakland area this fall (dates & location tbd). If you are interested in taking this, let me know; feel free to circulate the news to women who might be interested. Cost will be $95 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Class size limited to 10 students.

The class covers:


  • Alertness, awareness, and avoidance

  • Basic kicks & strikes

  • Escapes from common attacks such as bear hugs, chokes, and hair pulls

  • Street smarts

  • Securing your home

Jujitsu classes are ongoing, Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons.

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Date:2013-07-20 16:35
Subject:Found at the Times
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Paul Krugman meets a few of his fans, and vice versa.

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Date:2013-01-03 21:37
Subject:Jujitsu Class Times
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Forgot to post here that my class times changed the beginning of December:

Sunday afternoons, 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday evenings, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Still at:

Sawtooth Building, Bay 1, Studio 12 (adjacent to Berkeley Tool Lending Library)
2525 Eighth St. at Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA

Membership is $65/month for two classes/week; $40/month for one class/week.
First month free!


lhirsch@gmail.com
510-842-NAGE

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Date:2012-12-26 21:10
Subject:Current/Recent Reading
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A meme various friends are doing.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
Currently readin A Clash of Kings, the second monster in George R.R. Martin' A Song of Ice and Fire eries. I am deliberately staying one book behind the HBO series, so it'll be a while before I get to the third book.

Recent read Tana French' Broken Harbour, her fourth book in a loose series centered around the Dublin murder squad. She is an excellent writer of psychological thriller/procedurals that are all somewhat preposterously plotted.

Next up: finish Tony Judt' Postwar, then, very likely, Matthew Guerrieri' The First Four Notes.

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Date:2012-08-26 22:47
Subject:Jujitsu Photos
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Taken earlier today, mostly me throwing a student around.

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Date:2012-08-22 09:42
Subject:Jujitsu? In Berkeley?
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Yes, indeed! (You may have heard this already....)

I'm teaching jujitsu again, after a much-too-long lapse. Here are the details.

Where?

Sawtooth Building, Studio 12
Dwight & Eighth St.
Berkeley, CA

I'm sharing space with Aikido Shusekai, whose senseis are very kindly allowing me to use their mats; Iaido with Andrej Diamantstein, and Upswing Aerial Dance.

When?

Starting September 1, I have two classes each week:

Saturday mornings, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday evenings, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Who?

All adults, and I'll consider youth age 16 and up.

What?

Dan Zan Ryu jujitsu, as taught in the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation (AJJF), which I will be rejoining.

In 2013, I expect to offer the following short-term classes:

Safe rolling & falling for non-martial-artists (ten weeks of weekly 90-minute classes)
Self-defense (12 hours, most likely in six two-hour classes)

How Much?

First month of training is free!

$65/month for 2 classes/week
$40/month for 1 class/week

Contact me!

Email: lhirsch@gmail.com
Google Voice: 510-842-NAGE

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Date:2012-06-28 07:44
Subject:ACA Upheld
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5-4, CJ Roberts in the majority. That says it all.

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Date:2012-03-23 12:49
Subject:Napoleon in Oakland
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If you're thinking of seeing Abel Gance's Napoleon this weekend or next and don't have a ticket, there are discount tickets now available even if you're not a member of the SF Silent Film Fest. (The ticket I was selling is gone, gone, gone.) This monumental silent film is being shown in a new reconstruction 5.5 hours long (there are three intermissions, one nearly 2 hours long for dinner) with full symphony orchestra, at Oakland's Paramount Theater. Here are details:

Go to this URL:

http://irontongue.blogspot.com/2009/10/den-kopf-des-jokanaan.html

Choose a date.

When you pick a seat, use the code ELBA1.

Discount:

$20 off $122 tickets

$15 off $92 tickets

$10 off $72 tickets

$10 off $57 tickets

$5 off $42 tickets

Discount limited to 2 tickets per person.

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Date:2011-05-19 21:14
Subject:I Would Not Have Expected THIS from the CDC.
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I am not making this up, you know:

Preparedness 101:Zombie Apocalypse

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Date:2011-04-14 08:37
Subject:Distributed Denial of Service Attack on LJ
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 The story is at Obsidian Wings.

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Date:2011-03-09 18:45
Subject:Census Meme
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  • 1961 - Living in Elizabeth, NJ in a two-bedroom apartment with parents and my maternal grandmother. I believe my parents slept in the LR while Grandma was with us. We lived across from Weequahic Park.
  • 1971 - Teaneck, NJ in a two-bedroom apartment on Cedar Lane, with my parents and a bird and maybe a guinea pig.
  • 1981 - Lake Grove, NY. I was in grad school at Stony Brook and lived in a rented house with a couple of other music grad students and a biology grad student.
  • 1991 - Lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Oakland on the Emeryville border, with a housemate, two cats, and my housemate's awful cat, who terrorized one of mine. She wouldn't use a water pistol on him because it might "break his spirit."
  • 2001 - Lived in a two-bedroom house in Oakland with partner, one dog, one cat (not one of the two I had in 1991).
  • 2011 - Lived in the same two-bedroom house in Oakland; same partner, same dog (until last week....)*, two cats (one of which is the same cat we had in 2001).
* Molly B. died last week. Details are here.

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Date:2010-06-10 10:53
Subject:Where Your Chicken Comes From
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An extremely enlightening blog posting, in a horrifying way, about chickens bred for eggs or meat. Yes, it does reinforce my interest in a backyard coop, but we only have enough space to legally have four birds, which isn't enough for meat chickens, given the frequency with which we eat chicken. (Not to mention the likelihood of our dog eating the chickens first.)

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