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Women's Self Defence Seminar
November 2018

For women aged 15 and over. This day long traing teaching the critical defence tatics you will need for your safety in this modern world. Full Info...


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Training courage and confidence for the modern world

Frome & Glastonbury - Somerset

Students learn techniques, skills and responses to situations that are most commonly faced in today's society. Techniques are simple to learn and are based on our natural physical responses. They are not “fancy”, intricate or require high physical ability to perform. They are direct, simple and effective and achievable by anyone, large, small, fast or slow. The content is based upon Krav Maga which has proven to be the most effective self defence system to learn in the shortest period of time. However the adversity faced by children and teenagers is different to adults and as such a students response to threat is flavoured by 1 of the 4 intentions. In self defence there are 3 battles. 1st with your own fear. 2nd with the threat. 3rd with the outcome of the incident.

The Intentions

When faced with physical conflict we need to act appropriately. Acting in Self Defence does not give a person the right to beat the other person to a pulp. Often the type of conflict faced by children will be from other children and the threat although scary and aggressive may not be life threatening or very physically serious, but often the psychological damage is underestimated. But this does not mean we should just suffer it. Therefore we teach our students to measure the perceived threat and act appropriately and if necessary escalate the defensive response to resolve the conflict. In some cases this can simply be leaving the situation and contacting a person in authority.

1: Deflection & Distance

The attack is redirected if possible with minimal hard contact and distance is created between the 2 people. The distance gives time to use dialogue to de-escalate the situation and adopt defensive body posture. The attacker is not seriously physically harmed and the defender is not continuing the conflict. A positive position to any witness.

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2: Holding & Trapping

The attacker is stopped and held in such a way that they cannot move any more without causing pain to themselves. The attacker is not permanently harmed but with be in very uncomfortable position through certain joints and muscles. This gives time to talk the attacker down from their aggression or most commonly allow aid to arrive.

3: Striking & Stopping

Sometimes it is necessary to hit the attacker hard enough to dissuade them the continuing the attack. The attacker will be harmed but better them than you. The striking varies until the attacker gives in or shows they cannot continue. Emphasis here is in using regulated force and staying in control. In the case of multiple attackers this intention is necessary.

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4: Disabling & Disarming

Striking the vulnerable points of the body is more difficult task in the fast moving chaos of a fight. But success can lead to the attacker loosing the ability to continue attacking due to weak arms/legs or shortness of breath. If the aggressor is armed with a weapon then disarming them often takes away the power they thought they had over you.


A class is taught in a friendly relaxed manner whilst respecting the etiquette of training martial arts and working physically with each other. We often use games to motivate students and keep them active and exercising during a class. All games will be modified to include aspects of self defence training. Student are taught to use striking pads where appropriate and given turns practicing technique safely. Exercising is taken with stretching and strength training.

Adrenalised Training

The acid test of self-defence is "does it work in reality" Of course we cannot create "real" situations in class for safety reasons. But students train their skills in a variety of pressurised ways. These include taking a student to physical exhaustion, multiple attentions, varied environments, psychological pressure of shouting, and any combination of the above. The reality of self-defence conflicts is that it’s a messy, loud, chaotic, high energy event that if often over quickly. Through adrenalised training we help prepare students develop the determination to "never give up!" and the emotional stability to "not loose your head". Adrenalised training is challenging and uncomfortable but not compulsory. It can be tailored to the tolerance of each student. But we encourage a student to push their edge whilst being held and to grow in confidence from the experience.

Danger Awareness & Being Safe

The best form of self-defence is not to be in the path of conflict in the first place! In addition to physical training we also create mini-dramas. Where we act out a threatening situation and brainstorm the potential dangers and responses. Then each student can go through the act of the situation to gain experience from it. We also teach How to travel safely and how to be best prepared for unforeseen incidents that can leave a person feeling vulnerable. Examples: loosing your parents in a crowded environment, travelling after dark, taking public transport. ETC.