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Aikido in Samara
Self-Defense Workshops are Fun and Practical

By Arianna McKinney

Afraid to walk the beach at night? The danger of being attacked, robbed or raped is one reason Eddie Mora has decided to offer personal defense workshops as a community project in Samara based on the non-violent martial art of Aikido. 

“If they notice that the town is getting organized, this [criminal element] disappears,” Mora commented. 

Mora, who has been practicing Aikido for 17 years and teaching it for seven, described Aikido as the art of peace. The goal is not to beat up the attacker but to gain control of the situation and teach the person a lesson without drawing blood.

The personal defense workshops focus on well-applied techniques to throw the attacker off balance, turn and leave, focusing on pressure points and joints such as the wrists, elbows and shoulders. He affirmed that Aikido is for everyone, regardless of height, strength, gender or age.  

“In general, the most important thing is to be on guard. There is no better defense than precaution,” Mora said. “You need to be aware.”   

 
   
 

Daniel Roberge, who attended the first session, said he joined the workshop both for the physical exercise and to learn defense. He said the class was a good experience that he enjoyed a lot. 

The workshop is being held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Natural Center Gym & Spa. Although the six-session workshops have a cost of 22,000 colones ($44) per person, Mora said anyone who is curious is welcome to come to a session for free.


 

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The Secret is in Collaboration
Letter to the Editor

I was delighted to read your report, "The Future of Tourism" to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in the lower Guanacaste beach communities. As a destination development specialist for the World Bank and other international clients, I believe there is now an opportunity to capitalize on the region's distinctive attributes, particularly in markets that have not yet discovered this beautiful corner of the world.

 

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