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Affinity Plus recently sponsored two community members that were hand-picked to be trained in women’s self-defense in the St. Cloud community through 500Rising. That includes our member, Hannah!

Our St. Cloud team got to experience Hannah’s first class at the St. Cloud COP House. Our team learned about situational awareness, the importance of self-defense, and how to fight smarter (not harder). It was also a chance to walk away from the class feeling empowered.

“There are so many takeaways when someone takes a class,” said Hannah. “Just knowing how to protect yourself and try to get out of any situation. I think violence happens a lot more than we talk about so anyone could take advantage of a class like this. I’m so grateful to Affinity Plus and for this opportunity and haven’t regretted one minute of it.”

If you or someone you know is interested in taking a Women's Self Defense Class, here is the link to their next class on April 7th: www.eventbrite.com/e/293490466887
There's a lot of misconceptions out there in regards to being persistent vs. stalking.
For deeper knowledge on the subject I always recommend our friends a The Diamond Arrow Group, 500Rising and Randy King Live as well as reading the Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker.
St. Cloud COP House programs - not just for kids! Really great work by the COP House team in making this 500Rising Women's Self Defense Class available in our community. Many thanks to Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the program.

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Last night we hosted a 500Rising Women's Self Defense Class for employees from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. It was so much fun working with these ladies! We hope you learned some new skills that you can take with you 😀

A HUGE thank you to Affinity Plus for sponsoring this program and training for one of our instructors! With your help we were able to train in more instructors so we can teach more classes and help women in our community to continue living in strength! THANK YOU!!

If you or someone you know is interested in taking one of our Women's Self Defense Classes here is the link for our next class on April 7th! It is FREE to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/293490466887
New to me.. Definitely good to know!

Studies show that 1 in 4 females will become victim to SA in their lifetime. The speaker discussed how she asks the same 2 questions with extremely similar responses every time she asks.

As shocking as that 1 in 4 number is... this video and other widely available information should show that the numbers are significantly higher. Unless we are brave enough to see the truth nothing will change.

Join us in educating others on warning signs, boundaries, safety and security measures, pre assault indicators and more! Check out 500Rising and the affiliates who are paving the way.
So something floored me today…..started going to a local
CrossFit gym who partnered up with a local BJJ dojo. The BJJ folks are offering up some free classes and reduced membership fees to CrossFit folks so I asked my kids if they were interested in giving it a try and everyone (except for one, my striker 😜) said absolutely.
So this morning my youngest daughter (she’s 8 and the only female triplet) asked if I was going to stay and watch the class because she was afraid they would kick her out of class because she is a girl……..??😱

I have ZERO clue where this thought came from, she has experience with other similar situations in martial arts, gyms and sports and this has never ever been a concern or issue.

Just putting this here to see if anyone has experienced this in someone so young. Is the social programming really this deep and pervasive?

Feeling a bit perplexed.
Heads up to anyone in the Northern Nevada area. This is one of my fellow 500Rising instructors!
500Rising Level II instructor training complete.

The days were long but the time together seemed so short. The fantastic group of humans all had so much knowledge and experience individually, and yet they were humble enough to be students.

Not to mention the complexity of switching between an instructor & student mindset throughout the training.

There were 9 students at last year’s inaugural training. This year we had 24, including virtual students from Canada, Scotland, Germany, and Saudi Arabia.

I’m grateful to be a part of this movement.

Our mission is training female instructors in essential self-defense to support these women as they stand for change. SHOP https://www.etsy.com/shop/500Rising

Operating as usual


If you want empowerment, agency & self-defense based in reality, then the curriculum MUST address this fact- join us here at 500Rising and be at the sharp end of the spear.


We will be at https://www.facebook.com/brkravmagaperkins BR Krav Maga in Louisiana for the next US based Level 1 Instructional Foundations in Women's Self-Defense. While this is an instructor course - we've had several women participate just for the education and say it's the best crash course they have attended to -date. JUNE 24th-26th + 1 day's worth of material online (on your own ahead of time). PM us for more information!


Self-defense can hit hard against ethics & morals - mindful instructors create a chance for students to take that "hit" on the mat...rather than wait until they stand toes on the line of a threat-assessment threshold.


Just leaving this here...😇


You always have an impact. Even if you stay in bed all day, your choices have an impact. WHAT you do with this is up to you. Make waves, create peace, push the envelope, speak for change- you choose.


Upwards to 100 Million women are missing (statistically) from the planet. You are here. Own it.


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It is official. We will be running 2 Level One Courses in the United Kingdom this Fall. We are very excited about this! SDG is running all things logistics. Reach out to them for details and we will see you there!


500 Rising Instructors doing good work and keepingnit real!

Have you ever been in a martial arts class or a self defense course where they said, "Whatever you do, dont get in a situation where you have to defend. Avoid fighting."
And then all you work on is physical fighting skills? 🤔The sessions were fun I'm sure. Learning how to kick butt and take names. 🥊
Believe it or not, you have a ton of skill. And you use 'em everyday. 🤘🏼
How about honing those skills and widening the arena of use?

Specializing for women since 2004.


Circling back to the last LIVE-


A large percentage of violent action against women is perpetrated by people who "know" it's wrong. Awareness and education helps but it isn't the sum total answer. When women are generally considered to be a hard target, we'll see the stats change.

Mobile uploads 04/08/2022

Why should the common woman, the woman who isn't in a war zone, or in a violent neighborhood have functional situational awareness? Because the world is messy and in that mess - there is beauty as well as sorrow. Live into ALL that life has for us .

Because I'm paying attention. 💔


whatever the cultural mores & rules & life lessons have said to the contrary....


Powerful, deeply experienced all-ready teaching instructors involved with 500Rising have helped us create a culture of learning and curiosity. If you would like more information on what we are up to - visit our website: https://500rising.com/credentials

Amazing weekend training with phenomenal people. Such a great experience so much information.
From strength to strength.


With a couple of camera shy folks out of view- the newest Level 1 & 2 grads. This was a powerful group of experienced and new professionals in women’s self-defense. Thank you for your commitment and conversation-


Instructor training in women’s self-defense should include deep practice in all aspects- and that means all things Not Physical as well.


Lunch break, on day one of the 500Rising instructional foundations in women’s self-defense class. The notebooks show a dedication to learning among a group of people who already know a great deal. This is how we change the statistics!


This group way up there in St. Cloud is out there changing their community by changing lives. 🥰

We have an upcoming Women's Self Defense Class on April 7th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the St. Cloud YMCA. This is a FREE class!! To sign up click the link below 😀

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/293490466887


this is good-

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84 03/23/2022

Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84

Thank you for being a "first" - it is much harder than many people think. While some folks create pedestals for a First, other folks will do their level best to destroy them. We stand on strong shoulders and with no endorsement of politics, we acknowledge the barriers broken by a major first in the U.S. political landscape.


Madeleine Albright, First Woman to Serve as Secretary of State, Dies at 84 She rose to power and fame as a brilliant analyst of world affairs before serving as an aggressive advocate of President Bill Clinton’s policies.

Photos from St. Cloud COP House's post 03/21/2022

Our crew up in St. Cloud MN!


Here's to difficult women!!


We are working with CA in their efforts to make a difference. If you are attending our April training, you will meet them. “Captive Audience has worked in Ukraine since 2009. We are now being asked by Ukrainian leaders and front-line responders to come and give of our time and expertise to help them survive this situation.

What we do: Our mission is threefold but also one. Captive Audience (CA) is composed of former military and US special operations personnel specializing in captivity prevention and international crisis support and disaster psychological first aid. With over 30 years of experience across the team, CA provides aid along each step of the timeline: before, during, and after. “.


We will be working with Captive Audience who has the capacity to deploy directly to Ukraine. They have direct, verified contacts and resources so we know funds/resources raised will be directly utilizing-


It was quiet - calm until I started this Live 😆 not to be upstaged, you'll hear the sparring match between members of my zoo in the background...oh well (to be fair, the cat started it LOL)


Quick LIVE today at Noon EST-

Photos from St. Cloud COP House's post 03/10/2022

It is a true privilege to be working with this dedicated group of people. You guys Rock!


Sometimes “overcoming” is getting out of bed in the morning. Don’t compare your moments of resilience to someone else’s resilience. You are enough and you have the right to take up space on the planet.


Tomorrow is International Women's Day. Evacuating - Staying; we stand with the women of 🇺🇦 Ukraine.

Timeline photos 02/20/2022

I've done some reading on her. Hearing her story makes me wonder what stuff I would be made of under similar circumstances and I am certain I do not measure up to the precedent she set.

"Mildred Harnack was beheaded on Hitler’s direct order. Born in Milwaukee, she was 26 when she moved to Germany to pursue a PhD. As an American grad student in Berlin, she saw Germany swiftly progress from democracy to fascist dictatorship. She and her husband Arvid began holding secret meetings in their apartment. She recruited working-class Germans into the resistance, helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and collaborated in writing leaflets that denounced Hitler and called for revolution.

"Mildred Harnack nicknamed their resistance group “the Circle.” The group was diverse: its members were Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, atheist. They were factory workers and office workers, students and professors, journalists and artists. Over 40% were women.
"The Gestapo arrested Mildred Harnack on Sept 7, 1942 and gave her group a name: the Rote Kapelle (Red Orchestra). Postwar testimonies and notes smuggled out of a Berlin women's prison describe the daily interrogations and torture that Mildred and others in the group endured.

"Mildred Harnack and 75 of her German coconspirators were forced to undergo a mass trial at the highest military court in Nazi Germany. A panel of 5 judges sentenced her to 6 years at a prison camp but Hitler overruled the decision and ordered her execution

"Before her execution Mildred spent the last hours of her life in a prison cell translating poems by Goethe. The title of my book ALL THE FREQUENT TROUBLES OF OUR DAYS is a line from one of them. A prison chaplain smuggled out the book of poems under the folds of his robe

"On February 16, 1943 at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin, Mildred Harnack was strapped to a guillotine and beheaded. According to all available records, she was the only American in the leadership of the German resistance to Hitler."

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Grow baby, grow. Take over the whole damned forest.

Failing Up-

500Rising is a beautiful accident. After listening to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B Demille Lifetime Achievement award I wrote her a letter. Well, not really. I wrote a blog post. I was on a rant. She mentioned that the #MeToo movement was a game changer. As a Krav Maga and a Self-Defense instructor, I disagreed.

And I was wrong. Sort of. The me-too business has definitely elevated awareness and an increase in dialogue. I’ve been around a few decades (as in 50) and I have seen movements come and go. Mostly go. I was wrong on the social impact side of #MeToo. I’m still pretty sure I’m not wrong about the movement’s capacity to fundamentally change the statistics of violence against women.

I told Oprah (as if - ) that if she wanted tangible change I needed 500 women. 500 women training and teaching foundational, effective self-defense. Self-Defense focusing on threat assessment, tangible situational awareness, and easy to learn/retain basic physical skills. Once these 500 women were out in their communities teaching, another 500 women would get bitten by the project and also become instructors ... and so on.

Eventually we reach a statistical tipping point. A statistical average by which predators become wary because as they look out across their potential victim pool, aka women, they can assume the majority of woman are hard targets: women who are emotionally, cognitively and physically capable of effectively defending themselves.

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