Learn to Resist (the Charleston chapter) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on the self-defense aspect of jiu jitsu (and other martial arts). Meetings will hopefully be held at the downtown YMCA in Charleston (on Cannon Street) once all of the details have been sorted out. In the meantime, we will likely be meeting at parks in downtown Charleston. Stay tuned for details.
The name "Learn to Resist" is supposed to highlight all of the things we need to combat as individuals and as a society--sexual harassment, sexual assault, misogyny, gender inequity, homophobia, bullying, xenophobia, discrimination, ignorance, intolerance, temptation, self-doubt, and even self-loathing. The goal of Learn to Resist is to transform the lives of individuals as well as changing the beliefs and attitudes of society. By teaching self-defense, counter-violence, and counter-aggression to at risk youth and adults, we hope to provide people with the tools they need to fight the injustices that are all too common these days (on playgrounds as well as in the workplace). We started Learn to Resist because we believe in the transformative power of jiu jitsu and we are committed to using it to make the world a better and safer place. So, please join us in our mission!
Learn to Resist has two practical goals: (a) host free self-defense classes for youth and women in the Charleston area, and (b) host seminars with nationally and internationally recognized jiu jitsukas (which will help fund the free classes). I am also hoping to team up with some psychologists in the area to offer jiu jitsu to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But first things first! If you live in the area, please consider joining us. We're coming to beaches, parks, and community centers near you! If you'd like to help, please drop me a line!