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Stuart Ransom

Hi, everyone.

My name is Stuart. I am an American living in Thailand. I have been in Thailand since April 2015. I’m originally from Oregon. I teach English at a university here, and I have been happily married to a Thai lady since 2016. I was in the US Navy back from 1983 – 1989 and was stationed on the USS Midway (CV-41) which is now a museum in San Diego. After the USS Midway, I got stationed for three years at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

It was during my time in the Philippines that I became interested in the martial arts. I took classes off-base in Shotokan Karate for a few months, and I had quite a large collection of books on various martial arts styles. Over time, I stopped practicing.

Fast forward to now, I saw the ad for this course offered by the Self Defense Company. For whatever reason, I had always thought that grappling was the most effective way to fight, probably from influences from MMA fights I’ve seen on TV. I was surprised from the ad how it explained how grappling is NOT very effective and could make things worse (I have not rolled over a small tree stump before, but I cringe at the thought).

Anyway, the ad rekindled my interest in self-defense and what it takes to be most effective at it, so here I am. Although this area of Thailand where I live is very safe, you just never know when something crazy might happen. My wife does not know how to defend herself yet, and I hope to show her a few things after I finish the course.