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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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Situational Awareness for Young People (diary entry)

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28.06.20 On Sunday I was invited to continue my online adaptation of “When Parents Aren’t Around”. Our attention fell on situational awareness. The lesson began with some simple physical exercises emphasising the importance of posture – becoming a hard target – responding to sudden changes with tactical escapes, striking and covering, and negotiating obstacles. I then introduced the class to videos that demonstated inattentional blindness. As per my teacher training lesson last Tuesday, I then set up an exercise that […]

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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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Training Attitude (diary entry)

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22.01.20   With all the students back from their mock exams at Kingham Hill, my third lesson in their Self-Protection course focused primarily on soft skills and also setting the foundations for developing effective habits.   We made use of the facilities and I went through the early slides of my “When Parents Aren’t Around” presentation. This established the importance of placing more emphasis on soft skills than hard skills when it comes to self-protection, defining and agreeing upon the […]

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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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Eve Teasing: Using the Fence to Set Social Boundaries

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28.09.19   My second Saturday lesson was a two-hour overview with my teacher client.  We focused on the material the teacher will be delivering in a two-hour lesson in India for teenage girls (aged 16-18). I was advised on certain cultural norms and how to tailor my self-protection programme to suit.   The programme will be combined with the teacher’s own extensive knowledge and experience. It was decided that in addition to generic information regarding attitude, awareness and legalities on […]

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Self-Protection Talk for the Women’s Institute (diary entry)

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12.09.19   Tonight I was invited to give a talk on self-protection for Shipton-Under-Wychwood Women’s Institute.  The entire presentation was geared towards avoiding physical violence, options for dealing with physical assault and the legal side. However, various tangents and questions at the end highlighted other areas.   The talk began with my biography, providing my background and links to where I gained my knowledge/experience on the material being covered. We then moved onto defining both self-protection and violence.   Self-protection […]

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