The week after next will be The Violence Dynamics West series of workshops here in lovely Oakland California (Home of the Hell's Angels and The Black Panthers .. and Bruce Lee for a while too :-) )
I'm a huge believer in the value of physical, hands on practice, especially under the close supervision of skilled teachers - and there will be plenty of that, from empty hand all the way through to firearms with a day at the range scheduled for mid week. Additionally, I personally gain a great deal watching these skilled teachers work, and being able to ask questions about why they do what they do.
I like to watch how they move, what their body language conveys, and how they manage people. But possibly my most favorite thing of all is learning what they see out of their eyes when they encounter new situations, walk through spaces, and notice the people that inhabit them.
This last thing - being given the opportunity to see through another person's eyes - is possibly the most valuable. It will give you perspectives you may have never even imagined before and enhance your appreciation of your environment, whether it be for threat assessment purposes, urban survival skills, or just making everything in your proximity a bit brighter and deeper.
The line up is ridiculously good and encompasses a full spectrum of characters from 'both sides of the tracks'. We even have a couple special guest coming ...
I can't wait.