One thing that drives me crazy is how some authors describe martial artists during fight scenes. The goal for this class is to give the writer the knowledge she needs to create a believable character trained in the martial arts. To do this I will have to lightly cover a lot of material. It starts with a history of the oriental martial arts then a categorization of different systems so the author can pick an art for their character. It then moves to training and how the training affects the martial artist’s reactions and thought processes in several situations. We’ll talk about multiple attackers, weapon defense, and self defense vs. the arts. I like to top the class off with a discussion of the 5 animals from the Shaolin Temple, and how their attitudes can be used when designing a fight scene. Lastly, I think there’s something to be learned by Bruce Lee’s rise to a martial art icon.
I have black sashes in three kung fu systems. My highest is a 5th degree black sash in Esoma Kung Fu. Although I’m out of shape now, I practiced kung fu for 20 years and taught it for 10 at the Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. I’m also a certified instructor for self defense for women and Tai Chi for Arthritis. At the 2015 Writers’ Police Academy I taught a standup version of this class. It was a good time for me, and I’m hoping the students enjoyed it. I’m an unpublished writer, but a couple of years ago I did manage to be a Daphne finalist. I’m a past president for the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop Seneca Chapter, and the Oconee Writers’ Association. I’m the present president for the Upstate SC Sisters in Crime Chapter, and an RWA member.
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