Our training is based on REAL LIFE experiences, therefore we do not claim to miraculously teach you to be able to fend off multiple attackers, especially armed attackers. This is because the reality of being confronted by two or more attackers is extremely dangerous and the outcome of such an encounter could be serious injury or death.
If we are to be TOTALLY prepared to defend ourselves from a violent attack attention must be given to the 'mindset' of potential attackers and what drives individuals to commit violent acts. Staying safe in any city in the world requires an alert mind.A mind that is attuned to potential dangers and threats.
Of course we need to train our bodies in combat skills and self defence techniques to be able to deal with violent individuals.
But, firstly we should empower ourselves with an intellectual sharpness that lets us perceive a potential threat then remove ourselves and our loved ones from that threat. This is REAL self defence.
For these reasons we incorporate concrete examples of people who have been attacked by two or more persons during some of our classes. We examine what could have been done differently to avoid injury. Our
conclusions are put into practise during our training until the learnt techniques become instinctive responses.
We strongly believe that surviving a street confrontation is not only about learning self defence techniques. Therefore we train to develop a positive mental attitude. What does this mean? It means that we train to overcome the fear of being hurt. This is why most people become victims of violent attackers, fear overcomes victims and they are rendered helpless to react or respond.
Our training helps our students become confident individuals who have the physical and mental attributes to respond in an explosive and devastating way for the potential attacker/s, thus 'the attacker/s' end up being the victim/s.
However, we stress that we should only employ these techniques if there is NO OTHER OPTION.
Our first preference in any potential confrontation is to escape/remove ourselves and our loved ones from the threat/s.
We teach street self defence with a strong emphasis on Krav Maga. Aspects of other martial arts and combat systems are woven into the lessons so as to optimise self defence skills in context of a street attack. Street attacks with weapons are on the increase. As a result of this we also teach defence techniques that will help you to deal with armed attackers.
All of our instructors train regularly in different fighting systems so our students are taught to the highest standards. Our objective is to ensure that each individual is empowered with the skills both physically and mentally, to effectively deal with a negative street confrontation.
There are no short cuts to achieving these skills. An example of how we can achieve this is by taking part in a stress/pressure test drill, of which there are many variations. One example is when two people assume the role of attackers and relentlessly attack another student. This sounds a bit crazy, but is required if we really want to turn the tables on the attackers in a street crime, with the final outcome leaving the attackers as victims rendering their controlling, bullying assaults null and void. Studies have proven that understanding the 'mindset of a potential attacker gives you the edge that might help to save your life. http://www.stickgrappler.net/2012/10/self-defense-handling-stranger.html
Be assured that we do train as realistically as possible without causing injury to our training partners.
Come along to one of our classes to discover for yourself why we get positive feedback from our students.
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We take an informed intelligent approach based on our 'real life' experiences, and impart this knowledge in a concrete way, so our training is not just 'dojo theory'.
The areas we cover in Manchester include, Salford, Stockport, Moss Side and Prestwich.
We are proud to have the Salford based BBC as one of our clients.
WOMENS ONLY SELF DEFENCE
The reason for writing this article is not to detract from any instructor, self defence system, or martial art. To do so would be a disservice to all those who genuinely study a form of self defence.
Teachers of self defence embark upon training and sharing knowledge with others to contribute to making their local community a safer place. Participants who attend self defence classes do so to learn how to keep themselves and loved ones safe. This article will help to uncover the misconceptions on women only self defence classes
The reason for posting this video is not to detract from any instructor, self defence system, or martial art. To do so would be a disservice to all those who genuinely study a form of self defence.
Teachers of self defence embark upon training and sharing knowledge with others to contribute to making their local community a safer place. Participants who attend self defence classes do so to learn how to keep themselves and loved ones safe.
- Attending a self defence class, training with a partner learning a specific technique where no strong resistance is applied is not good
- Being led to believe that attending a class will empower a person to “take on” multiple attackers is not good.
- Relying solely on a technique/system/style to defend oneself is not good.
- Being told that carrying a particular self defence “weapon will “sort out” potential attackers.
- Ask your partner to apply strong resistance when training in a technique. If it doesn’t work speak to the instructor/s and discuss your concern.
- A class should always include de-escalation drills, awareness training on avoidance and escape. Sparring and other stress inducing training should be part of the training. Learning about the devastating effect weapons can inflict on a person should be addressed. Understanding that the environment dictates the course of action a person will take should be addressed E.g; picking up and using (in self defence) an improvised weapon.
- Striking skills (punching/kicking) should always be trained regularly. Learning how to be confident and decisive (when threatened) should be included in the training.
- Any weapon is only useful if it is in your hand when an attack happens. E.g An item purchased to use in self defence in a bag/rucksack is rendered useless.
If you attend a class where these remedies are covered you are in a good place. If not, speak with your instructor and ask him/her to address the issues. You may even consider looking around at other classes. If someone is trying to sell you a dream, be bright and find an instructor whose feet are placed firmly on the ground.