Center for Anti-Violence Education
February 27, 2011
I have known CAE since its beginning, 37 years ago: I was one of Annie and Nadia's first karate students. I watched it evolve into a community organization welcoming all women, adapting its self-defense programs to every kind of need and ability. I've recently (about four years ago) come back as a t'ai chi student. What is amazing to me is that it is the same place, stronger than ever-- older, wiser, much more sophisticated, but with the same radical openness to all comers, the same intense focus on making every interaction, every class, every program, every event, work. As far as I can tell, CAE lives its mission, and lives its ideals.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Karate changed my life, and the changes (except for those subject to age), have persisted. Over my years of training, and especially, teaching, I saw other women, some very different from me, experience the same sense of strength and liberation from unrealistic fears. But, from knowing these same women, I also saw that violence and the threat of violence is a presence in many, many women's lives, in some ways fostered by the society we live in.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I'm sure there is something, but I don't see it.
Client Served & Former karate student and teacher; current t'ai chi student.
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