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Date:2018-02-21 20:53
Subject:Women's Intensive Self-Defense Class
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I'm teaching an intensive, two-session self-defense class next month. 


You'll learn basic strikes, kicks, and blocks as well as defenses against common attacks. The class will emphasize alertness, awareness, and avoidance and practicing physical techniques. In addition to the two class sessions, the fee includes a coupon to visit the regular jujitsu class and get some additional practice there.


Who:       Open to all adult women, cis or trans, age 16 and up.
                No athletic experience necessary.


Dates:     Two Saturdays, March 24 and 31, 2018


Time:      1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Tuition:   $90 (open to all regardless of ability to pay; just contact me to let me know what you can pay)


Location:  Mind-Body Dojo
                 7512 Fairmount Avenue
                 El Cerrito, CA


If you'd like to enroll or you have any questions about the class, send email to Lisa Hirsch (sensei@opendoorjujitsu.com), phone her at 510-842-6243, or visit the dojo web site and use the contact form: http://www.opendoorjujitsu.com/contact--info.html

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Date:2018-01-01 12:04
Subject:New Year's Meme Of Sorts
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Stolen from wild_irises, who stole it from serene:

1. What did you do in 2017 that you'd never done before?

Spent a weekend in a hospital, out of state.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Generally don't make them. I had an ambition a year ago to run a mile three times a week, but eventually concluded that I don't like running on a treadmill enough to keep this up.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Physically close rather than emotionally: my next door neighbor has an adorable daughter.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My uncle Irving, age 99; family closeness rather than personal.  Also ([personal profile] onyxlynx ), whom I'd known for many years.

5. What countries did you visit?

US travel only in 2017.

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

A lot more Democrats in Congress.

7. What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

November 21; world premiere of composer John Adams's latest opera, Girls of the Golden West, which proved to be shockingly bad.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

No idea. It was not really a year of significant or new achievements. I do feel like I was more productive at work than I'd been in a couple of years, owing to various circumstance (different project, different manager, not worrying about my late mother). Maybe finishing up getting my mom's estate settled?

9. What was your biggest failure?

Again, no idea. Not a year of significant failures.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I have a new diagnosis of an interesting form of migraine! (See above, weekend spent in hospital.)

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Either a very beautiful jacket or the bargain used copy of the New Berlioz Edition of Les Troyens, found at a bookseller in MA for only $200. I know, but it's a bargain compared to ~$850 purchased new.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Everybody standing up to that bully in the White House, his corrupt administration, and the GOP toadies in Congress. This includes people marching in the streets, writing letters, joining organizations, running for office out of sheer outrage, many journalists, and a few notable public figures, mostly Democrats, but including, perhaps, some Never Trump conservatives who are publically and vocally appalled by 45, and Robert Mueller, who is doing his job.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Abusers of all kinds, starting with the bully in the White House and including, but not limited to, other abusers in power.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Daily life, charitable donations, savings.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Elektra at San Francisco Opera. Opera doesn't get better than that.

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?

I don't really do songs, but maybe Elektra's monologue from the eponymous opera.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Probably a bit happier, between settling my mom's estate, taking care of a bunch of other household tasks, doing some worthwhile publicity work for my dojo, and getting enough sleep since my job moved to SF in September, 2016.

ii. thinner or fatter? About the same.

iii. richer or poorer? Richer, between savings and an inheritance.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Jujitsu and other forms of exercise; seeing friends. For various reasons, I went to fewer concerts than I would have liked.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Eating.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Dinner with friends Christmas Eve. Dim sum on the day with different friends I've been having dim sum with for something over 20 years (and we had done movie/tidepools for a few years before that), then dinner at home.

21. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

Dinner at Oliveto (superbly cooked and great wine), hanging out at home reading & dozing.

22. Did you fall in love in 2017?

No, though I might say I have a minor crush on a particular musician.

23. How many one-night stands?

Sigh. Not in decades.  Sometimes I really miss the 70s, and the SCA.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Broadchurch.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I had more respect for Susan Collins last year. Her vote on the tax bill completely torpedoed that. I seriously detest everybody who has contributed to the erosion of US democracy in the last year.

26. What was the best book you read?

Hard to say. I read a lot of good books, but nothing I want to give to everybody I know. Nothing as great as The Hare with Amber Eyes or The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Maybe the composers Marcos Balter and Jason Eckhardt, who had works on the incredible recital Claire Chase did in Berkeley in December.

28. What did you want and get?

Score of Les Troyens and the new recording of it.

29. What did you want and not get?

CHIP to be renewed. A decent federal government.

30. What was your favourite film that you saw for the first time this year?

I don't see enough movies to really have a fav.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Did things around Oakland and SF with my partner and had a nice dinner. I turned 60.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

President Hillary Clinton.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?

Uh....what's fashion?

34. What kept you sane?

My personal internal stability, music, jujitsu, my partner, my outrage, in no particular order.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I am keeping mum about this one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Can't pick out one because I am currently outraged by so much, and will continue to be. But, okay: voting rights.

37. Who did you miss?

Lots of people, both family and friends.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Maybe the top-level tech writing manager I report up to, whose smartness and human values hugely impress me.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017.

Didn't really have any significant life lessons this year.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

There's probably something in Sondeheim, but I don't know what it is.

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Date:2017-01-11 12:34
Subject:Women's Intensive Self-Defense Class, February, 2017
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I'm teaching an intensive, two-session self-defense class next month. You'll learn basic strikes, kicks, and blocks as well as defenses against common attacks. The class will emphasize alertness, awareness, and avoidance and practicing physical techniques. In addition to the two class sessions, the fee includes a coupon to visit the regular jujitsu class and get some additional practice there.

Who:       Open to all adult women, cis or trans. No athletic experience necessary.
Dates:     Two Saturdays, February 4 and February 11, 2017
Time:      1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuition:   $90 (open to all regardless of ability to pay; just contact me to let me know what you can pay)
Location:  Mind-Body Dojo
           7512 Fairmount Avenue
           El Cerrito, CA


If you'd like to enroll or you have any questions about the class, send email to Lisa Hirsch (sensei@opendoorjujitsu.com), phone her at 510-842-6243, or visit the dojo web site and use the contact form: http://www.opendoorjujitsu.com/contact--info.html

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Date:2016-11-09 14:25
Subject:Election Post-Mortem, or, God Help Us All
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A link to my blog post elsewhere. Sorry, fellow Americans.

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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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