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STRESS and ANXIETY
“Stress inoculation” drills have become very popular in self defence classes.
Students who engage in these drills may accept what is being “taught” without questioning why or how the “drills” are beneficial in a self defence scenario or give consideration to the potential consequences.
Informed instructors should outline the physiological and psychological effects of stress.
Consideration of personality types within the class should be assessed to prevent negative reactions occurring and to optimise motivation and progress.
The goal of the instructor should be to create drills that embody “eustress” (good stress) otherwise there is a danger of the “stress” leading to a state of anxiety.
“Stress drills” should be meticulously planned and always be followed by a cool down, with instructors demonstrating muscle relaxation techniques and deep breathing exercises.
This process should not end when the class finishes and the students leave.
The instructor should set goals for each student encouraging positive mental focus.
Activities that promote a relaxed state of mind (e.g. hill walking) should be encouraged together with a healthy diet (e.g. avoiding high sugar products)
At Fitness365academy your instructors continually update their knowledge on how to enhance mental and physical athletic performance through training programmes linked with the self defence syllabus that is delivered during the classes.
Here at Fitness365academy we also offer all of our club members a chance to experience outdoor pursuits such as mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing...
Here is a list of Dave K's qualifications;
Qualified school teacher (PE), and outdoor pursuits instructor
(ABAE) Amateur Boxing Association of England, Boxing tutor/instructor
(BCU) British Canoe Union, Coach
(BMC) British Mountaineering Council, Mountain Leader award
(BMC) British Mountaineering Council, Rock climbing instructor
(BOB) British off road biking, Mountain bike leader
BTEC Level 3 Advanced Award in Self-Defence Instruction
(IKMA) Israel Krav Maga Association, Krav Maga Instructor
(ITC) Immediate Temporary Care, First Aid trained
(St John Ambulance) First Aid trained
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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.