Self defence
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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.

Everyday conflict

Life presents us with many situations that can be unpleasant:

  1. Hostile/dangerous motorists

  2. Macho behaviour

  3. Gangs

  4. Intimidation

  5. Bullies

  6. Problems at work

  7. Assault

  8. Threats

  9. Personal relationships

  10. Verbal abuse

Sometimes 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.

(Bruce Frantzis)


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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Page created 25 August 1994
Last updated 22 February 2019