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Self defence training for the street verses attaining a ‘grade/belt’ part 2
Why the ‘here and now’ is so important in context of street self defence.
If self defence instructors really care about the safety of every student, they will accept them as they are. Height, gender, weight, skill set, lack of skills, motivation, lack of motivation, natural strength, lack of natural strength and numerous other factors that determine if a person will survive a street attack.
Why should a person have to go through a period of time, usually many months working through the process of passing a series of ‘grades’ to attain a proficiency that will allow him/her to successfully neutralise a serious threat or threats.
What could potentially happen if the student is ‘caught up’ in a confrontation during this time?
The “here and now” is what counts. The aim of every good teacher should be to make him/herself "redundant” Imparting to students, from the initial meeting, real life experiences and solutions. Outlining the real dangers of street confrontations, giving the student a firm foundation on which to keep him/herself and loved ones safe.
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Our philosophy on street confrontation
Basic principles when dealing with weapon threats:
Stick - (baseball bat, for example) maintain good balance, be prepared to “burst” forward and close distance on the threat
Knife - good stance, keep moving, don’t take your eyes off the threat, be prepared for a frenzied attack (piston stabbing motion)
Hand Gun - remain calm, convey this to the threat through your voice and respectful responses to his demands/questions.
When training against stick, knife and gun threats; Our first response would be to always escape. If that’s not possible we would give the threat what he wants.
If that fails we would use anything we could get our hands on to defend ourselves (for example; a chair )
Our “mindset” has to be prepared for such a traumatic experience. One fundamental way of preparing for such an experience is to spar. Being able to take a punch is essential if we are to have any chance of surviving a street attack.
“Self defence techniques” are secondary in a violent street confrontation.
Training “techniques” in isolation may lead to a misunderstanding of the nature of a violent confrontation and place the individual performing these “techniques” in serious danger.
For example; Teaching students gun disarms*
* If you do manage disarm a threat do not attempt to use the gun unless you have had previous firearms training with live ammunition.
This is why we don’t we post photos or videos of “techniques”
All “techniques” trained need to be understood in “context” (antecedents prior to the threat of violence, number of potential threats and numerous other factors)
Come and train with us to find out more and judge for yourself if our philosophy will help you to avoid, or if required, deal with a street confrontation.