April 27, 2020
Amy Stewart Cooper, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, has trained on and off in the martial arts for 25 years. Those arts include Taekwondo, Chinese Kenpo, Kajukenbo (hard and soft style), Tai Chi, Aikido, Okinawan Kempo, Kobudo, and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu.
Since graduating from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Amy has worked as a photographer, a receptionist at a veterinary hospital, a behavioral therapist, and an art teacher for developmentally disabled adults. She now owns a restaurant with her husband and a self-defense business with her sensei, and travels across the country to attend Self-Defense Conferences with other self-defense teachers.
Amy’s been married for almost 30 years and has two boys who are now in college.
In this episode, Amy and I discuss:
“Self defense is life enhancement. The things that we do to protect ourselves, to be a hard target, make our lives better on a daily basis anyway. Know your own boundaries, be able to enforce them. Practice situational awareness, understanding what's around you, in a way that's not paranoid. And then trust your gut. Always trust your gut.” — Amy Stewart Cooper
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