Local fitness pros empower women to c...

Local fitness pros empower women to change themselves

There are 35 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Sep 8, 2009, titled Local fitness pros empower women to change themselves. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

To call it a gym would be a misnomer for Minorsan Self-Defense and Fitness. Clara Minor and Dio Santiago, owners and instructors at the studio, are offering free self-defense workshops for women several times a year -- the next one is scheduled for Oct.

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wildman

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Sep 8, 2009
I usually opt for a six pack. The change and empowerment that comes over me is astonishing.
The Scream

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 Sep 8, 2009
Another advertorial. Do they throw these in as an "extra" when you buy ad space these days?
Pummeled

Dublin, CA

#3 Sep 8, 2009
When I hear the word "empowered" it typically describes some idiotic notion that people can 'take power' or 'have perception of power' from or over someone or situation without earning the status (power). In this case, women will have a false sense of power, get into someones face, and get their but-t kicked. What a joke. These folks are simply working out, which is great. But to use the word 'empower' or imply that women are becoming 'supergirl' is ridiculous. Isn't it amazing that we have the "Prevent Violence Against Women" non-profit, and around the corner we are teaching women to be violent. What a bunch of women (no adjectives necessary).
trisha0790

Felton, CA

#4 Sep 8, 2009
Pummeled wrote:
When I hear the word "empowered" it typically describes some idiotic notion that people can 'take power' or 'have perception of power' from or over someone or situation without earning the status (power). In this case, women will have a false sense of power, get into someones face, and get their but-t kicked. What a joke. These folks are simply working out, which is great. But to use the word 'empower' or imply that women are becoming 'supergirl' is ridiculous. Isn't it amazing that we have the "Prevent Violence Against Women" non-profit, and around the corner we are teaching women to be violent. What a bunch of women (no adjectives necessary).
It's all about the marketing. Working out sounds boring and dull. Empowering myself through (fill in the blank) sounds checking-writing worthy!
What a Legacy

New York, NY

#5 Sep 8, 2009
Babies empower women.
Lawyers empower women.
Cops empower women.

Since: May 09

Santa Cruz

#8 Sep 8, 2009
Pummeled wrote:
When I hear the word "empowered" it typically describes some idiotic notion that people can 'take power' or 'have perception of power' from or over someone or situation without earning the status (power). In this case, women will have a false sense of power, get into someones face, and get their but-t kicked.
Believe what you want. When I had a gun stuck in my face a while back by some wacko guy who thought I was another defenseless person, I was sure happy to beat the schitt out of him with the knowledge and confidence I had learned at a self-defense class. I will forever be appreciative of the efforts of people like the folks at Minorsan to provide these skills to women and anyone else who is tired of being bullied.
whoyoukiddin

Santa Cruz, CA

#9 Sep 8, 2009
why are threads being removed ?
Max

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Sep 8, 2009
Women are getting stronger and taking care of business!I'nm very happy to see their progress so that if an evil man strta a domestic fight (they the women) can kick butt.
Lauren

Santa Cruz, CA

#13 Sep 8, 2009
Clara and Dio run an incredible organization. Their students are long-time and loyal. Their longevity in the community speaks volumes. They are truly wonderful people.
celebrate subversity

Gig Harbor, WA

#14 Sep 8, 2009
The Westsider wrote:
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Believe what you want. When I had a gun stuck in my face a while back by some wacko guy who thought I was another defenseless person, I was sure happy to beat the **** out of him with the knowledge and confidence I had learned at a self-defense class. I will forever be appreciative of the efforts of people like the folks at Minorsan to provide these skills to women and anyone else who is tired of being bullied.
How long ago was did this happen? Where did it happen? How did you get the gun from him? And after subduing his gun, did he instigate the fight? Or did you snatch his gun and simultaneously knock him out in one swift move?
And surely you had him arrested, right?
celebrate subversity

Gig Harbor, WA

#15 Sep 8, 2009
Max wrote:
Women are getting stronger and taking care of business!I'nm very happy to see their progress so that if an evil man strta a domestic fight (they the women) can kick butt.
You mean women empowered like this?...

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25845958...

Because, if you're not paying attention, women are taking care of this kind business more than ever before.
Capt Obvious

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Sep 8, 2009
celebrate subversity wrote:
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How long ago was did this happen? Where did it happen? How did you get the gun from him? And after subduing his gun, did he instigate the fight? Or did you snatch his gun and simultaneously knock him out in one swift move?
And surely you had him arrested, right?
sounds like something out of the Matrix since she "beat the **** out of him with the knowledge and confidence". I didn't realize whackos are so easily subdued by empowerment training and cerebral concepts
Empowerment

Los Gatos, CA

#17 Sep 8, 2009
What an tired, overused liberal catch
phrase ... used in place of real thinking as needed.
celebrate subversity

Gig Harbor, WA

#18 Sep 8, 2009
Capt Obvious wrote:
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sounds like something out of the Matrix since she "beat the **** out of him with the knowledge and confidence". I didn't realize whackos are so easily subdued by empowerment training and cerebral concepts
Yes...I'm calling utter BS on her post. These kung-fu/super-hero reactions rarely ever happen....except on TV. And being someone who has been the victim of "in-your-face" gun violence myself, it's a surreal moment that most victims hardly believe is happening. That kind of immediate and decisive physical reaction with an armed assailant is even rare for a trained soldier.

If it did happen, it would have made the local news wherever she lived. If she's going to say she didn't report it, then she's lying about being empowered and protecting women against sick violent men.

As they say, if it doesn't make sense, then it probably didn't happen.
celebrate subversity

Gig Harbor, WA

#19 Sep 8, 2009
Empowerment wrote:
What an tired, overused liberal catch
phrase ... used in place of real thinking as needed.
There's a couple phrases that when I hear, I typically stop listening...and those include "empowered" and "single mother."

Both are totally overused and serve no purpose other than attempt to portray a woman as either a super hero....or a victim.
can i be frank with you

Antioch, CA

#22 Sep 8, 2009
sooo gay
Salvetoria

Aptos, CA

#26 Sep 10, 2009
I started the adult martial arts class after my (then) 6month old daughter and I were threatened by an aggressive panhandler downtown Santa Cruz. The combination of martial arts and self defense is incredibly empowering. Iíve enrolled my 7 year old in the kids class and my 3 year old in the toddlers class. Both classes have had a huge impact on my kids giving them the self defense tools to deal with strangers, bullies at school and build self esteem. I am incredibly grateful for what Minorsan has given my family. I been a member of Minorsan for almost 5 years and can testify that Dio and Clara are two of the kindest people I have met. They have great integrity and truly care about their students and the community. It makes me sad to read disparaging letters from people who donít even live in our community.

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#27 Sep 10, 2009
Oh Really wrote:
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Do tell us!! inquiring minds want to know!! its important to bring this up as i hate to see dirtbags try to 'rebuild themselves' with a fresh new article in the Senile; while they look for new s-uckas to fleece or take advantage of.
There is an inherent weakness behind unsubstantiated, anonymous accusations that undermines any possibility of belief. I have been a student at Minorsan for over 2 1/2 yrs., and my son has been in the children's program for 1 year. Our experience there has only been positive and both of us have benefited greatly from our association with Dio and Clara. They are a constant source of inspiration for both of us and we are continually challenged to be better people and better members of our community.
Shaina Michelle

Oakland, CA

#28 Sep 10, 2009
I am astonished by the negative judgement posted by all of you ney-sayers. Santa Cruz has an amazing thing in MINORSAN and you trying to shred it to pieces is just sad. "Marketing?" "Advertorial?" "Tired catch phrase?" Ha, you all make me laugh. If you know nothing about the amazing programs offered at MINORSAN than you have no right to jump to any conclusions. Try it out, and then if you don't feel stronger, both emotionally and physically, let me know. Clara and Dio are a rare breed in the fitness world. They work on creating an amazing individual from the inside out. How many gyms will call you after a brief hiatus to just check up on you and see if there is anything you want to talk about or need assistance with? NONE!...because regular gyms only care about getting their direct deposit from your checking account for your monthly fees. Clara and Dio are compasionate, devoted, and motivating. I love everything about MINORSAN and am amazed at how EMPOWERED I have become. For me, MINORSAN has become more than a place to work out. It is a place to release, to feel welcomed, to learn, and to become a stronger kick-ass woman!
Reyna L

San Jose, CA

#29 Sep 10, 2009
I have trained with Dio Santiago in his Iron Fitness Now program and individual personal training program for several years. He is a kind, talented, professional and motivating personal trainer who really gets results for his clients. I have worked out with other trainers in Santa Cruz, but never have I experienced the personal attention and dedication that Dio brings to our sessions each week. The results speak for themselves. Thank you Dio!

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