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It is quite common to read a tai chi website and come across some sketchy, vague reference to how the art can be used in self defence. If you're wanting to protect yourself, this isn't good enough.
Martial arts classes are usually tough going
Mainstream martial arts classes typically teach skills that can be used in self defence. But, martial arts also have the potential to be quite brutal and not everyone wants to get smacked around.
Self defence training in our classes is fun, friendly and gently challenging. Many of the skills seem counter-intuitive. We will invite you to consider new options, possibilities and choices.
To drop long-held preconceptions. Students work through a methodical, step-by-step syllabus designed to re-train how they move and how they think.
Self defence training begins with the fundamentals of effective body use and slowly moves through different levels of threat. Escaping from holds, evading and counter-attacking are preliminary concerns.
Eventually you must discover how to handle armed assailants and multiple opponents.
Self defence students do not need to beat one another senseless in the pursuit of self defence skills. This seems somewhat counter-productive.
We adopt a playful attitude - like children who exuberantly throw one another around, without aggression, without malice and without harm.
When both the self defence
aspects and the methods of training internal power are seamlessly
integrated, you are doing taijiquan.
Exploring self defence in our classes
Our martial students study a wide range of proven self defence 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
Self defence fighting skills will teach you to approach situations differently; especially at work and in the street.
Instead of responding to aggression with aggression (or fear), you see more powerful alternatives.
Coping with stress is good for your body and your mental health. The training will make you feel calm, confident and capable.
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Last updated 13 January 2020