In "Hitchhiker," she writers: "Effective self-defense is not about punching or striking. It's about cultivating deep personal power, vivid self-awareness, and reaching for the truth, in others, even when you aren't sure of the outcome."
Kimberly adds that "the violence we act out on ourselves and each other is a grievous part about being a human being. As a psychotherapist and Aikido teacher, I am in service to the question 'how do we protect ourselves from physical and emotional assualt?' I was inspired to respond to an often asked question 'Have I ever needed to use my martial art training to defend myself?' The story describes finding that unknown part of me to save my life. The experience required me to find my courage and open my heart."
You can learn more about Kimberly Richardson and her work in Aikido at: twocranesaikido.com. and guslearnstofly.com