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Why the Fence is THAT Important (diary entry)

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06.10.20 Tonight’s teacher consultation took the form of a self-protection overview. We discussed various points surrounding pre-emptive striking and how it should be taught to students. The fence is an extremely important tool for testing whether or not a pre-emptive strike would be required. If executed correctly, the user will be on-balance and have sufficient space to take action should the potential threat confirm violent intentions. Debate has arisen as to what this pre-emption to should be depending on the […]

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Discipline in Children’s Self-Protection (diary entry)

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30.09.20 Clubb Chimera Martial Arts “When Parent’s Aren’t Around” children’s self-protection online webinar course returned to Forest School of Karate on Wednesday to cover the topic of discipline. This tenet is defined as a willingness and determination to learn certain habits as part of one’s lifestyle. Maintaining training is imperative in order for an individual to be better prepared to defend themselves against violence. Hard skills taught in this lesson were the pre-emptive strike, forward pressure, incidental combinations, target familiarisation, […]

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Hard Skills 2 – Forward Pressure – Webinar (diary entry)

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27.09.20 Sunday morning saw the debut of my second Hard Skill webinar. The content of this session was dedicated to forward pressure. Once the pre-emptive strike has been executed it is imperative for a defender to keep all their actions on the front foot. From a combative perspective, this means to continue the flow of strikes against their target (a predator). I covered the importance of repetitive full power striking, understanding the importance of allowing targets to dictate weapons, incidental […]

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Open Mind (diary entry)

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26.09.20 “Let us keep our minds open, by all means, as long as that means keeping our sense of perspective and seeking an understanding of the forces which mould the world. But don’t keep your minds so open that your brains fall out!” – Walter Kotschnig   Saturday morning concluded my 5 hour “When Parents Aren’t Around” series adapted for webinars. We covered the fifth tenet: “Open Mind”. Besides explaining the importance of adapting to different situations, being open to evolving […]

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Teenage Self-Protection Course Continues (diary entry)

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25.09.20 Friday night saw my client complete her second hour my basic Self-Protection course for teenagers. Tonight we continued discussing situational awareness, going over the Three Rs (Recognise, Read & Respond) reaction loop, PPHC (People, Places, Hazards & Changes), Threat Triangle (opportunity, capability & intent) and the Cooper Colour Code. We also put tactical escapes into practice with obstacle running with pressure, pre-emptive striking off the fence and incidental combinations.

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Teenage Self-Protection Course Begins (diary entry)

17.09.20 My client began her first self-protection for teenagers course today. We began with a lecture and discussion on attitude and awareness. This began with the importance of having a proactive and survival attitude as well as situational awareness. As a practical exercise, we looked at posture and target hardening. We also discussed anaerobic exercises designed to test and improve mental toughness. We also began both tactical escape training and the fundamentals of the fence, preserving personal space.

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Restricted Training Zoom Class for Forest Schools Karate (diary entry)

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20.05.20 Tonight I was booked to teach for Forest Schools of Karate on Zoom. This 45 minute lesson focused on restrictive training and visualisation exercises to get the most out of home training. Whenever I guest-teach for clubs I am always impressed by the way particularly young students are continuing to engage as Lockdown fatigue sets in for society. Vijay Pathek’s child students were no exception. Siblings and individual students enthusiastically gave all my different training methods a fair go. […]

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Predators & the 3 Rs (diary entry)

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14.05.20   I taught a private lesson on Thursday, going over the material covered in last Sunday’s webinar. My client raised a couple of interesting questions that I was happy to discuss and I will summarise my views below. Firstly, the self-protection view of social and predatory/asocial violence distinctions is an extremely important area of study. To understand the difference between these two types of violence is to understand what should dictate self-protection and what is legally justifiable as self-defence. […]

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Grappling Range in Self-Defence (diary entry)

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04.03.20   Wednesday lunchtime’s lesson continued my sixth self-protection course for Kingham Hill School. Today I introduced them to stand-up grappling/the clinch in order to better understand how build next week’s anti-grappling techniques.   Grappling is not the preferred option in an immediate high situation. There are exceptions, such as being corned unarmed by an armed assailant, but even then interception of the weapon hand and control via grappling is best assisted by striking. Low and mid-level threats might be […]

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Pre-Empt! Escape! Check! (diary entry)

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05.02.20   My Wednesday lunchtime lesson continued my sixth Self-Protection course with Kingham Hill School. We continued work with pre-emptive striking, the fence, continued forward pressure and restrictive training. I also discussed the three Ps of effective Self-Defence (hard skills) training.   We warmed up by moving through postures. This would come up again later. Then we went back over target familiarisation off the fence. This progressed into tactical escape through an escape route and then a post-incident injury check. […]

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Self-Defence & the Law (diary entry)

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15.01.20   My Kingham Hill School Self-Protection course today was mainly a soft skills lesson. Again, due to mock exams I did not have a large attendance. I decided to treat this lesson as I would regular private clients and allowed them to ask me questions.   We discussed some basic martial arts history to dispel a few misconceptions about self-defence systems. After this our main focus was on self-defence and the law. We discussed proportionality, pre-emption and the UK […]

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Sixth Self-Protection Course at Kingham Hill School (diary entry)

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08.01.20   Kingham Hill School began their sixth Self-Defence/Self-Protection course with me in their new sports centre. This means I have access to more facilities to better deliver this constantly developing service. With mock exams in progress, I had a smaller group today. I used this situation to prepare those who learnt today to help train the new attendees next week. We covered the basics on pre-fight personal security, tactical escapes, sprawls and covers as well as pre-emptive striking.   […]

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“When Parents Aren’t Around” Seminar in Botley (diary entry)

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04.01.20   2020 was kicked off with a 5 hour “When Parents Aren’t Around” seminar for the Oxford School of Martial Arts. This school has been working closely with me in the development of a self-protection module specifically designed for children and teenagers. This edition of my seminar had a fairly broad target audience consisting of various ages. The majority were teenagers. I tailored the course accordingly, taking into account the locality which has seen a rise of 12.2% in […]

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Ground-Fighting in the Final Lesson (diary entry)

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05.12.19   Wednesday’s lunchtime lesson saw the end of this term’s course of Self-Protection at Kingham Hill School. Today we focused entirely on symmetrical ground-fighting.   Training began with a warm-up of various crawls, snaking and other ground callisthenics designed for good muscle activation. Then we revised escaping to standing from a guard position. The object here was to empower the guard position, a typical place someone might end up in a sexual assault, and to present the best options […]

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Self-Defence Chimeras (diary entry)

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26.11.19   Tuesday night’s consultation lesson focused on the end point of a young person’s self-protection course. We decided to begin at this point and reverse engineer the process for the younger levels. My client’s mandate in this instance was for me to help provide a self-protection ideal for a first year university student.   The below are some rough notes on what I would expect of a student aged 16 years and over who is considered to have completed […]

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