On Boundary Setting -- An Interview With Jackie Hyman

​​We are so lucky to have Jackie Hyman, an empowerment self-defense and kickboxing instructor at El HaLev, visiting us today. Jackie has a special passion for teaching women about creating and setting healthy boundaries, and is eager to share her expertise with us. ​​Welcome, Jackie! ​​Q. Boundary setting is a term that gets thrown around a lot. How do you define boundary setting? ​​A. I would say that boundary setting is the use of verbal or physical tools to assertively communicate what is comfortable and what is not in any interpersonal situation, or to protect one’s values, beliefs, mental or physical or emotional health, personal safety or personal resources. Q. Why is boundary setting

Get to Know Our Executive Director, Ellen Krause-Grosman

We are delighted to have our executive director, Ellen Krause-Grosman, visiting the blog today. She's here to tell you about some of ESD Global's hopes and goals, and give you a behind the scenes look at what we're working on. Welcome, Ellen! Q. What, in your opinion, is the most important reason that empowerment self-defense training needs to become as accessible as CPR certification and swimming lesson? Why does ESD deserve to have its own global movement? A. Empowerment Self-Defense needs its own global movement because it is the one proven intervention that works to: Reduces the incidence of gender-based violence by up to 50%, Increases a woman or girl’s chance of deescalating a bad situ

ESD Global Camp 2018 Update

I often feel privileged, and I know I truly am, but I have never felt more privileged than I have these past 3 weeks. Why? Well, I have been receiving, reading, and enjoying applications to ESD Global’s instructor training camp to be held in August. This year's pool of applicants in truly impressive and truly global: Here are some of my favorite gems from the applications: “I have always believed that women & girls can be their own protectors. ESD Global provides a platform to unite & pursue a common vision empowering all women and girls. I hope to bring new skills back to Katmandu & to our organization KickBack.” Yes! If you really think about how our legal systems work, whenever there is a

Introducing Beth Capotosto!

It's a pleasure and honor to have Beth Capotosto, ESD Global Camp 2017 participant and lead instructor at Tenacity Self-Defense, visiting the blog today! Read on for Beth's stories about her journey into the world of empowerment self-defense, her experience at camp, and what she's up to now. Welcome, Beth! Q. Please tell us a bit about how you became involved in the self-defense field. Did you have any experience or training prior to camp? A. My journey to discovering empowerment self-defense began when I turned thirty. I decided that it was the perfect time to start taking karate lessons. Seven years later, I have my black belt and work as an empowerment self-defense consultant and instruct

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