How do self-defense, leadership and courage apply to your classroom? Find out by looking at how Renegade
and A Warrior's Soul
map into the Common Core middle school literacy standards here
SR Staley in Black Belt Magazine! Sam Staley has a letter in the December 2013/January 2014 issue (p. 10) discussing the importance of teaching self-defense based on real world scenarios and threats. Referring to his semester-long self-defense program, he writes: "The techniques we teach are grounded in tried-and-true martial arts skills but simplified to maximize effectiveness with a heavy dose of free response to 'train the brain.'"
Women & Martial Arts Roundtable, New Release! Some women start training in martial arts because they want to be heroes, just like the boys. Still others started their training because they enjoyed the work out, while others were prompted by self-defense. They all want the rigorous training in the dojo. Just like the boys.
These insights and others are the focus on the second round of discussions in the Women & Martial Arts Roundtable series available on this website (a pdf version is also available). The roundtable draws on the experiences of five women-Rumiko Hayes, Tori Eldridge, Mary Stevens, Kriss Hurdle, and Laura Giancarlo-all of whom hold high ranking black belts and four of whom own their own martial arts schools. Many will be surprised at their insights after decades of training and managing their dojos, and the series itself fundamentally challenges the notion that the traditional ways of teaching martial arts is always the best one.
NEW REVIEW! Award-winning author M.R. Street reviews Renegade, noting that the novel "jumps right into the brutal world of girl gangs." See the complete review here (reprinted in the Tallahassee Democrat, TLH Magazine, August 4, 2013)!
Check out M.R. Street's interview with SR Staley on the Defensive Warrior Practical Self-Defense Blog.
RENEGADE BOOK TRAILER: The official book trailer for Renegade, 2nd Place winner in the Seven Hills Literary Contest, a national literary competition, is now on youtube. Check it out by clicking below!
Check out the interview with SR Staley at the blog Writers4Higher.
BYSTANDERS AND BULLYING: Do bystanders have an obligation to intervene when they witness a violent crime? The New York Times focuses its on-line debate forum, Room for Debate, on this question featuring a contribution by SR Staley. Check it out along with the other voices, including Ruth Krug, Founder of Reclaiming Lost Voices.
This forum was prompted by a pitch from SR Staley based on a post from his blog on Practical Self Defense at blog.defensivewarrior.com. This blog discusses martial-arts based approaches to self-defense and protection, tracking the development and implementation of a unique, 15 week basic self-defense curriculum suitable for application in high schools, colleges, and universities.
Sam was also a featured writer along with Glynn Marsh Alam, Ann Marie Bryan, Peggy Kassees, and Susan Cerulean a recent roundtable discussion on writing as part of WFSU (public radio) series Perspectives.
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