We invite people to participate in a roundtable discussion about how we can make martial arts and self-defense more inclusive toward marginalized people. What are the barriers people currently face? What can we do to make these spaces accessible and safe for people to train? Our focus will include survivors of trauma, women and femmes, queer and trans people, and people of color. We will bring some literature to facilitate the conversation, including our zine “The Body” by various members of Stormé Legacy and “Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement” by Wendy L. Rouse.
This series presents martial arts and self-defense from the perspective of prioritizing self-care and autonomy for bodies that are under attack – specifically black & brown, queer & trans bodies – and investigating the systems of power and violence that are in place. We present a series of performance art pieces, installations, and workshops that are inclusive, body-positive, and trauma-informed as a way to process these themes and strive toward empowerment.
High Concept Labs Fall Sponsored Artist, Marcela Torres with Stormé Legacy presents this series facilitated by Stormé Legacy collective members Alex Chen, Leila Elaqad, Diana Balitaan, and Myoko Leon. Stormé Legacy is a QTPOC (queer & trans people of color) martial arts collective that fosters an intersectional, trauma-informed, and anti-fascist culture of training.