Self Defense Workshop for Girls

March 20, 2017

As part of Detroit PAL’s Girls Changing the Game program, a free three-week self defense clinic was held for PAL’s female athletes. Girls of all ages were encouraged to join these classes to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based self-defense at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit.

This workshop was a part of Dana Hoey’s DEPE Space Residency project at MOCAD, which combined photography, video, and martial arts classes. The aim was to call upon the history of Detroit PAL and the philosophy behind the martial art of jiu-jitsu to examine wIMG_1188ays to foster bonds between police officers and the communities they serve.

Visitors of the exhibit were able to witness the classes as they were held and later through video documentation. In addition to this, the exhibition features portraits of the UFC fighter Felice Herrig by Michelle Keim and the Olympic boxer Clarissa Shields by Anthony Geathers.

For the girls who participated in the workshops, they were able to learn how to defend against grab chokes and other attacks. The main goal for them was to gain confidence and have fun!IMG_1194

Thank you Dana Hoey, Anthony Geathers, and Michelle Keim for choosing Detroit PAL’s deserving girls! Thank you to the amazing coaches, Coach Deven King and pro fighter Cody Stammen, from the Detroit Jiu Jitsu Academy.

The Five Rings: Dana Hoey exhibit is open at MOCAD until May 7, 2017.

Learn more about the exhibit here.