Tag Archives | self protection

Deconstructing Basics (diary entry)

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02.03.21 Work continues in my teacher consultancy regarding the progress of sparring/pressure-testing for grades, especially but not exclusively to child students. As my progressive and proactive client suggested, we began at the beginning and looked at where and how sparring should be introduced. Key things to consider would be that gradings would not be a test for everything. A club does not have to have sparring in the first grading and yet students by this stage can be accustomed to […]

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Self-Protection Review (diary entry)

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22.12.20 Tuesday night’s professional development/teacher consultancy discussion focused on a review of the CCMA self-protection programme. Given that this is probably the last lesson of the year, it seemed appropriate to going over feedback and changes to what I have been coaching my clients in relation to self-protection. Covid-19 Impact First of all, 2020 has seen the rise of online training. All my services have gone online and I have introduced new services to cater to the demand for teachers […]

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Denmark Under-Cover (diary entry)

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20.12.20 My final webinar for 2020 was hosted by my friends, Hinnerup Karate in Denmark. We went over the third part of my hard skills series, working on everything from hunting a target to using the cover. This was a lot more physically demanding than the previous webinar and we also made use of available furniture in dealing with obstacles and obstructions. Questions included dealing with weight problems when fighting from the ground and how much this area of training […]

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Grappling/Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

17.11.20 Tuesday night began with my second of a four-part short course on managing grappling in self-defence. Last week we established the role the clinch played in self-defence situations. We discussed when to grapple. Tonight we revised clinching positions – collar and elbow, underhook/over-hook and we also looked at sprawling to defend low line takedowns and we also trained lowline takedowns in the form of the double-leg. With some of the students getting the hang of the pummelling flow of […]

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Multiple Attack & More Post-Fight (diary entry)

29.10.20 The seventh hour of my teenage self-protection course brought us onto the subject of in-fight multiple attackers. We revised all the hard skills material previously covered from pre-emptive striking to recovering from the ground, including multiple attackers at the pre-emptive stage before moving onto the main area of training. Here we looked at covering and striking against multiple attacks and using tactical escape footwork to exit a situation. I was fortunate to have my client’s brother present as well […]

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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)

Hard Skills 2 Webinar

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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Soft Skills III – The Aftermath (diary entry)

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05.07.20 Sunday saw the third and final part of my online adaptation of soft skills for self-protection, hosted by Keiryu Practical Karate. As the name indicates, this particular webinar focused entirely on post-fight material. I will be repeating this webinar with Hinnerup Karate. Topics included the double tap, escaping to safety, first aid, the law and the Black Dog. Please see below list of reference material mentioned in this presentation: Unconsciousness and Death – Surviving an Edged Weapon Attack Risk […]

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Soft Skills Webinar Part II (diary entry)

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07.06.20 Sunday saw the second part of what has evolved into CCMA’s standard Soft Skills Webinar trilogy. Last month we focused on attitude and awareness. This time we put the spotlight on deceptive and aggressive pre-incident indicators, the effects of stress/fear in a crisis situation and the options presented at the crisis point. Sources such as Desmond Morris, Geoff Thompson, Peter Consterdine, Gavin De Becker and Dave Grossman were cited throughout the webinar. My thanks to Keiryu Practical Karate for […]

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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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Foundational Work in Child Self-Protection (diary entry)

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28.01.20   With exception of teaching the post/superman punch/hook combination, my teacher consultation lesson was primarily concerned with the development of the new self-protection programme for children.   The first animal level for 4 year olds and up has been confirmed along with basic content. The emphasis here is for children to become aware of Bystander Effect, spatial awareness and situational awareness. A good degree of character building is included that both help them recognise bullying behaviour in themselves and […]

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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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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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