In a day, under good instruction, many key self-defence principles can be learnt, including how to use your body as a weapon, where the most effective places are to hit on an attackers body, how to kick and move on the ground, principles of foot work, awareness and prevention, and various other principles - depending on what is prioritised by the instructor for the time period.
But, can a person learn to dance in a single day, session or workshop?
Can you learn to use your body in a highly coordinated and fast manner, with another person, while you are under stress, in a single session?
What cannot be taught in a few hours are the many situations, which we believe each requires a different response, in order to succeed against a potentially stronger, skilled attacker.
A person who chooses to attack another usually chooses what they consider to be the most effective means of carrying out that intention. You may not be the first person they are attacking; you may be facing an experienced attacker, for example, a person who has raped many women.
Simply trying to “attack” someone who is attacking you, who may be stronger, faster, and highly practiced at what they do, may not work in reality.
The person initiating the attack has usually made a number of planned choices, including choosing the location where they are not likely to be caught or stopped by another, a victim that appears easy enough to attack, and the best possible attack that they know to use, including methods to counteract most women’s natural responses.
Responses that do work well and successfully defend against an attack, work by giving the defender the advantage by using the inherent weaknesses in a specific attack. By using the weaknesses in the attack or attackers position you can defend yourself against a stronger person.
Sometimes the best responses to attacks are not necessarily instinctive to the attacked or the obvious to the attacker.
Knowing principles and having a short amount of training in using your body as a weapon may be sufficient for some situations that you may one day encounter, but it is most definitely not what we recommend for a person who takes their self-protection seriously.
In addition to key principles, many common attack situations needs to be understood, and the responses sufficiently practiced in order to increase the likelihood of realistically having a good chance of escaping that situation.
Self-defence should be comprehensive – understanding attack situations, knowing key principles (which can be adapted to the various situations), being able to strike and kick effectively, and most important of all, repeatedly training very specific situations and knowing the best responses to them well so that they can be executed against a stronger attacker while under stress, so that you can escape to safety.
Realistic self-defence cannot be done in a single session, day or workshop, but takes many sessions of training.
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