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Most people are not capable of defending themselves, their loved ones or their belongings. This is a disturbing fact.
Although society still offers the same dangers it always has, the general public's attitude towards personal protection has changed.
People are unable to protect themselves yet imagine that a cocky 'attitude' and a big mouth will work against a real life assailant.
Life presents us with many situations that can be unpleasant:
Problems at work
you may feel vulnerable and alone. You may feel helpless, afraid,
angry and frustrated.
When both the self defence
aspects and the methods of training internal power are seamlessly
integrated, you are doing taijiquan.
Confrontation occurs in many forms and can be very stressful. It is important to handle yourself in a constructive, calm manner. Discover how to keep a cool head, avoid conflict and cope with hostility.
You can be switched-on without being macho, defensive or paranoid.
When faced with hostility or violence, most people panic. Panic is an adverse reaction to unexpected events.
It is the failure to acknowledge your fear, understand the cause of fear and recognise the options you have available.
Exploring self defence in our classes
Our martial students study a wide range of proven self defence fighting skills:
• Disarm an opponent
• Gain confidence
• See situations differently
• Avoid entanglement
• Avoid panic when faced with the unexpected
• Become mobile and nimble
• Use everyday objects as improvised weapons
• Understand how to use the human body to your advantage
• Cope with gangs
• Adapt, change and improvise
• Strike rapidly and effectively
• Manipulate balance
• Lever joints, apply pressure and seize painfully
• Gain situational awareness
• Understand the nature of commitment and the value of non-commitment
• Use gravity to your advantage
• Read body language, dress code and manner
• Deal with intimidation
• Maintain composure when working with others
• Give up the need for control and go with the flow
• Cultivate your sensitivity; feel rather than think
• Protect yourself from kicks whilst on the ground
• Use distraction advantageously
Martial arts are dangerous
The British Medical Association Guide To Sports Injuries states:
Combat sports such as
boxing, judo, karate or
kung fu make tough demands on the body; training is
intense, and participation requires all-round fitness. Regardless of the fitness of the participants, however, the
aggressive blows traded between opponents means
that these sports always carry a serious risk of injury.
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Last updated 22 February 2019