University Hosts Anti-Islamophobia Self-Defense Workshop


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Rob Shimshock Education Reporter
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The University of Michigan will be hosting a self-defense workshop to teach students how to defend against hate crimes, particularly those of an Islamophobic variety.

“Each workshop will focus primarily on how to defend from attacks that are common in hate crimes, such as shoves, multiple strikes to the face, and scarf/turban grabbing,” reads the event description. Each workshop is three hours long and the event instructs participants to wear “regular clothing, not loose fitting attire.”

The instructor, Maryam Aziz, is a second-degree black belt, the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment’s chief self-defense instructor, and an “anti-hate crime and anti-Islamophobia martial arts/self-defense instructor.”

Aziz is also a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan and studies black power, black arts, black popular culture, African American studies, people of color nationalism, gender and self-defense, and martial arts social movements.

Aziz is in the process of creating a curriculum to help community organizations in teaching self-defense to communities impacted by Islamophobia.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Aziz to obtain more information regarding the impetus for, and format of, the workshop, but did not hear back in time for publication.

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