Today’s first lesson was my class at Kingham Hill School. We focused entirely on self-defence today, but also discussed the underlying importance of taking control.
Training began with some role-play. Here we worked on keeping up boundaries and working against the deceptive predator. Students used verbal commands and maintained their fence-line against various forms of non-physical engagement. One student played the role of the predator, using deceptive feedlines to breach the fence-line. At this point we looked at assertion and channelled aggression as means for maintaining distance from a predator as well as raising the alarm.
This exercise was overlaid our standard pre-emptive strike pad training. Now students had a more realistic target and were having to cope with both maintaining their composure, dealing with the various verbal tactics of a would-be whilst being able to immediately respond with a series of full force strikes.
At this point we decided to detour off the usual descending procedure of dealing with assaults in worsening situations and looked into dealing with extra people. This included protecting another individual and fighting multiple attackers. We began with informal body-guarding. One student stood at the shoulder of another whilst the coach stood in front, representing the incoming threat. The student at the shoulder cleared their partner and struck the target held in front by the coach.
Next they trained fighting when a friendly person was trying to intervene. This is a common situation that is rarely trained for self-defence. One might be restrained by a well-meaning friend or bystander whilst actively defending one’s self. Such situations differ from normal multiple attack scenarios where you might be restrained by an enemy. This sort of training is also great for adding a bit of resistance to your striking. This was followed by fighting side by side against incoming threats. Finally we did another body-guarding type of exercise, where one student was escorted by another through multiple attackers.