Protecting the Frontline 12 (diary entry)

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My teacher client from Drum Kempo Ju Jitsu picked up my self-protection course on the subject of post-incident First Aid. Here we discussed training body check behaviours in students. It’s important for students to have an awareness of new injuries and problems both in their regular training and in a self-defence scenario. We also covered how bleeds are important to locate early for obvious reasons but that certain bleeding can give the appearance of being far worse than they actually are e.g small cuts to the head.  The lesson touched upon responsibility to other people including the subdued threat.

Despite the title of this slide, I DO NOT teach First Aid. However, I believe that First Aid is a vital component of self-protection education and it should acknowledged in any course from a soft skills perspective (with the strong advice being for all students to undertake a First Aid course). Wednesday’s first lesson – my teacher consultancy on my self-protection course – began the topic of surviving physical injuries from an assault.We also had lengthy discussions regarding various studies on the bystander effect in line with my recent post and also studies that have challenged the validity of this concept.

Leading into a future lesson, we discussed the problems with false information regarding surviving injuries. Pious fraud is often offered to defend Fairbairn’s assessment of potentially fatal injuries where he gives far shorter time predictions on surviving wounds to major arteries. Apologists put it that such false assessments only encourage people to act faster, but I argue that the negative impact is that people are more likely to give up. I referenced Dan Gardner’s “Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear”, which I reviewed 11 years ago.


We will go into more detail on this subject with the research that has done into people who survived potentially fatal injuries in the lesson after next (next lesson will be a consultation on a bespoke course my client is offering to tweener students).


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