B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1978
Debbie's first exposure to "self-defense" was in a women's karate class in 1978. Not knowing what to expect, she tagged along with several co-workers. In 1979, several members of that class (including Debbie) started FIST (Feminists In Self-defense Training) in Olympia, WA because they wanted greater freedom to develop programs accessible to larger numbers of women. FIST was founded on the belief that women of all ages, sizes, physical abilities, and cultural and economic backgrounds, have the right and ability to defend themselves. Its programs differed from most self-defense programs by being based on women's experiences with violence, learning self-defense, and resisting assault successfully. They empowered women to trust their instincts and use their abilities. FIST no longer exists but Debbie continues to teach when there is a group that wants a class. Since the early 1980's, Debbie continued her martial arts training which included Qigong and Taiji in 1995. She now primarily teaches Qigong, helping people through their health issues, especially as they age.
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Self-Defense: The Womanly Art of Self-Care, Intuition, and Choice by Debbie Leung provides background and information on self-defense that is about exploring the full range of options a person can choose in situations that are uncomfortable. Sometimes it is the attack that scares us all. More often, it is the abuse and assault experienced in families, neighborhoods, workplaces and places where we socialize. It can be an uncomfortable feeling, words that don't feel right, or actions that are hurtful in some way. Successful self-defense can but does not have to involve physical fighting. It can range from a confident look, to a few choice words, to a change of our plans that changes the plans of a potential assailant. It is about listening to our intuition, making choices, and knowing that we always do the best we can. It is about living life fully.