Your Soul Food for the Week of International Women’s Day 2023: Celebrating the Women in Our Lives

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Personalized Women’s Self-Defense Workshop:

As part of her lifetime commitment to empowering women with competence and confidence, my wife Barbara is starting another 8-week session of personalized women’s self-defense, 10 people max, on Saturdays- starting March 18 thru May 6th from 3:15 to 4:45pm in Encinitas.

Here are a couple of testimonials from women that just finished the most recent session, along with an article from last week in the news, about the importance of being informed, equipped, and fighting back.

The stats are informative and, in some cases, surprising, and the techniques (mindset and skill sets) work.

Seeing the change in the participants with respect to confidence and agency by the end of the session is both humbling and inspiring!

Do share this with the women you love in your life!

I have thought about taking a class like this for years and am so happy that I signed up!  

At the beginning of the course, Barbara Sedgwick-Billimoria discusses the statistics and misinformation on the topic, which were very surprising.  

This class will give you knowledge, power and help your build confidence for your own safety in this crazy world we live in.

The lessons you will learn will help protect yourself in the event of an attempted sexual assault. 

The moves are simple and easy for any age group, if I can do it at 56, anyone can do it.

If I had a daughter, I would insist she go through this program!

I highly recommend this class and am grateful to Barbara and the extraordinary women I met thought the process!

-Andrea L

This class was so empowering!

 I do a lot of solo hiking and I’ve been afraid of being attacked on the trail.

In this class, I learned how to defend myself against an attack by striking the vital points on the body to incapacitate the attacker.

Each week builds on the last, with plenty of hands-on practice.

Barb is a gifted teacher, weaving compassion, humor, and strength into all the lessons.

I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to feel more prepared to defend themselves when facing the threat of a physical assault.

-Sharon S

Women aren’t always safe, even in gyms. But fear is a good way of reining them in:

A lone female fights off her attacker. Is it inspiring or proof of inherent danger? Well, maybe it’s both.

“I was confident I had the strength and mentality to fight back,” Alma later said, for all the world like a victorious footballer at a press conference. “I would tell every woman always to keep fighting, never give up.”

Women aren’t always safe, even in gyms. But fear is a good way of reining them in | Martha Gill | The Guardian

Personalized Women’s Self-Defense

When: Saturday Afternoons- starting March 18 thru May 6th from 3:15 to 4:45pm

Where: North County Dance, North Coast Business Park 535 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 103, Encinitas CA 92024

Whom: 16 years and older as mature content is covered

Topics Covered: Local and National Statistics, Myths of Sexual Assault, Awareness and Assertiveness Training, Understanding Physical and Psychological Boundaries, Self Defense Blocks, Strikes and Releases, Ground Fighting, Safety in the Car and in the Home

Cost: $175 with the class limited to 10 people. Payment due at registration. Venmo or Credit Cards accepted.

About the Instructor: Barb is a 5th degree black belt and traditional karate Sensei with more than 40 years of experience, with a master’s degree in counseling and is sensitive to the emotional responses of participants. She is dedicated to mitigating violence against women and sexual assault through education and awareness.

To Register: Please call (760) 815-6363

Barbara Sedgwick-Billimoria can be reached at, should you have any questions.

Stay safe everyone!

Better to know it and not need it, than to need it and not know it…



How to Find ‘Microjoys’ When Everything Is Bad and You’re Not OK:

The simplest things might get you through.

How to Find ‘Microjoys’ When Everything Is Bad and You’re Not OK | SELF

This 7-Minute Daily Hack Can Train Your Brain To Experience More Joy:

We’ll take all the help we can get.

This 7-Minute Daily Hack Can Train Your Brain To Experience More Joy | HuffPost UK Life (

Fish loves to greet his favorite diver and bring her gifts:

This friendly fish developed a unique bond with a diver over several years. Watch their adorable interaction.

Fish Loves To Greet His Favorite Diver And Bring Her Gifts | The Dodo Soulmates – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Barb S-B, Chris B, and all the nurturing and empowering women in our lives.

Please pay it forward with presence.



“Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.”

— Usman B. Asif

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