Combat Grappling in Children’s Self-Defence (diary entry)


My second Saturday lesson today consisted of the sixth part of my online adapted course on “When Parents Aren’t Around” children’s self-protection hosted by Ryukyukan Shorin Ryu Karate Matsuri Dojo, Pitsea, Essex. We took the focus onto the grappling/clinch range. At this point in a conflict the defender should be doing their best to avoid being clinched for a variety of different reasons, but in order to train defending this range one needs to understand this particular range. Drilling and pressure testing will be unrealistic if the person playing the role of the attack cannot present a reasonable enough clinching threat. Furthermore, this area of training provides skills for managaing mid to low level risks in violent situations.


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