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August 2010
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Joanne Factor of Strategic LivingDear ,

If you live in Seattle, I hope your hearing has returned to normal,
after four days of Blue Angels* practice and performance. As I live and work south of downtown, the roar of the jets has certainly punctuated my days (though fortunately not my eardrums).

Yes, there's controversy about the Blue Angels' participation in Seafair, tied into the noise, use of fuel and resources, the military-industrial complex, and the possibility of a crash in a populated area.  But there are also a couple of self-defense pointers we can take away from them.

First, Blue Angels are LOUD. The "roar of the jets" is not an exaggeration. You know when they've just been by. Loud, percussive sound has been a part of combat since before the beginning of time. Which is why using your voice is critical, and why women's assailants will often look for targets who seem readily intimidated and easily silenced.

Next, they are BOLD.  It takes a lot of confidence to fly a jet a mere 18 inches from the next jet. In fact, it takes a lot more than confidence.  But, to even begin, you need determination and resilience. In real life, these traits can take you farther than skill alone. Which brings us to the third and final point.

And they PLAN. Pilots are very aware that Jeopardy is not just the #1 TV quiz show. This job has close to a 10% mortality rate (these guys would probably be safer flying over Afghanistan). Blue Angels work at recognizing what could go wrong, and preparing for that possibility. They practice.

Let's face it, risk is everywhere. Some of us acknowledge it, others don't want to think about it. Regardless, it's out there. And, if you can recognize your real risks, you can plan around them.

And that's really most of what you need for safety. Knowing when you are more vulnerable and exposed, and considering what you could do to mitigate your risk, and practicing your plan. With volume.

Sincerely, Joanne

*For those of you who don't live in the Seattle area, Seafair is is a summer celebration that encompasses a wide variety of small neighborhood events leading up to several city-wide festivities:  the Torchlight Parade through downtown, hydroplane boat races, and the aerial show put on by the Navy's Blue Angels. All these events are loud.

There IS an App for That!

Last month's newsletter described some smartphone apps that may or may not be useful for your safety. Since then I've come across these two articles on using apps for personal safety.

Between bouts of fighting off the rape attempts of her mother's ex-boyfriend, a 12 year old girl got onto Facebook using her iPod Touch. She messaged a friend to in turn contact her mother to come home (read the story here). Her resourcefulness didn't end there, as she was able to kick and strike him, barricade the door when he stepped out of the room, escape through a window, and call the police on a pay phone. And he was caught.

HollaBack! is a group dedicated to ending street harassment. Begun in the Big Apple (that's New York), they are now in several other cities (alas, not Seattle). They are about to release an app for the iPhone that will collect and post reports of street hassles (in NYC):  locations (in NYC), type of harassment, and you can even snap cellphone photos of the offending guys and post 'em. Hollaback! began in 2005 as a blog, and is expanding to using mobile technology to make it easier and faster to expose and end street harassment. For those of us non-iPhone users, never fear:  we could still send an email (with picture and all) to There's apparently an app for the Droid is in the works. Now all we need is Hollaback! Seattle . . .

WSCADV and the Mariners Need Your Vote!

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Seattle Mariners are competing against other major league baseball teams for a $200,000 Pepsi Refresh grant. The proposed project, Coaching Boys On and Off the Field, will work with coaches across the state to give them tools to teach non-violence and responsibility to their teams. The focus is on respect: for the game, for themselves, for the team, for women, and for the community.

You can vote at, or text "Mariners" to 76462.
Voting ends on August 17th, so vote early and vote often!

Classes for End of Summer 2010:

For Teen Girls Only:
  Saturday, August 14, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Three hours will provide young ladies the education and awareness to avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations. We will cover dating violence, how assailants target and test potential victims, personal safety and much more. Students will learn physical techniques, strikes and releases to safely remove themselves from dangerous situations. It is a great class to take with a friend! Visit for more info and Poster for Self Defense - TTRBregistration.

One-Day Seminar: Offered only this once this summer, on Sunday, August 15, noon til 5:00 pm. In a single 5 hour session you'll learn about real risks, assailant tricks, crucial targets and how to create an impact, and releases from the most common grabs. Register online at

NEWSave Your A%$ for the Track: Self Defense with the
Tilted Thunder Rail Birds, Saturday Aug 21, 11 am - 1 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. A self-defense seminar hosted by Seattle's all-female banked track roller derby. Did I mention it's free? For more info and to register click on

NEWStuart's Special Self-Defense for Teen Girls Only! Stuart is arranging a class for his daughter and her friends, and is generously opening this program to others. This special two-session class will be held on Tuesday August 24 and 31, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, and focuses on the needs of girls ages 14 and 15. Location is 1426 S Jackson St, 3rd floor, cost is $125. Visit this registration page today -- there are only a few slots for the general public!

Preview of Classes for Fall 2010:

KidSafe will next be offered Saturday Sept 18 at North Kirkland Community Center. Registration info will be available in the next month or so.

NEWClasses in Burlington this Fall:
At this time, the following classes are being scheduled in Burlington over the first weekend in October:  Seminar for Women on Saturday Oct 2, noon - 5 pm; Self-Defense for Mothers and Daughters on Sunday Oct 3, 11 am - 2:00 pm; and Self-Defense for Teen Girls on Sunday Oct 3, 2:30 - 5:30 pm.  Stay tuned for more info and registration!

Basic Self-Defense for Women: Wednesday, Oct 13, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, through the ASUW Experimental College.  Location will be on the UW campus, most likely South Campus Center. Registration to open in September.

Self-Defense 101:
 A five week course that builds progressive skill and prepares you for life's unexpected (and unwanted) moments.  Registration for these classes will open sometime in September, so stay tuned for details.

Five Saturday afternoons, Oct 9 - Nov 6, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, at Bellevue College's North Campus (10700 Northup Way).

Five Tuesday evenings, (dates still TBD, but sometime in Oct/Nov), 6:45 - 8:45 pm, through the UW Women's Center.

Five Friday evenings, Oct 1 - 29, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, at Seattle Central Community College's Mitchell Activity Center.

Self-Defense Weekend Workshop:  This class is for women who want more than a one-evening seminar yet do not have the time to take a multi-week couse. You will practice easy-to-learn and powerful physical skills: releases from grabs and chokes, strikes to critical targets, basic ground fighting and using your voice with impact. More importantly, you'll learn the signs that tell you that you may need to use those skills. Most importantly, you'll also learn to recognize the signs that will let you defuse, de-escalate or evade before an assault ever happens.

Next offered:  Nov 12-14, registration to open in September.

Self-defense skills are like CPR, you should review and practice them annually. 

Register for my Refresher Program at And if you believe that these skills are crucial for all women, please take advantage of my Referral Program at

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Do you work with a non-profit or community organizations whose staff/volunteers/members/clients would benefit from a safety skills seminar? Visit for information on requesting partly subsidized training sessions. 

Melissa W., a Program Manager for Girl Scouting in the School Day, had this to say:  "Joanne came to my Girl Scout troop and taught girls important physical skills, but more importantly, she told them to love themselves, be aware of their surroundings, and use their minds.  It was a successful approach for any age, and I'm glad to know the girls are more able to keep themselves safe because of Joanne's class."
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