Before I jump into the main content of this post, I'm super stoked to announce that I'll be teaching a women's self defense seminar on June 4th from 3-6pm up arround 59th and Bell. I'm pretty stoked because the class is going to be taught as a colaborative effort with a friend of mine named Kelsey.
She's a fitness and health expert and we will be using the gymn that she teaches out of to host the class. We've been working on it for a bit and you may have already seen advertisements for it. Basically I'm stoked. It's going to be legit.
If you are interested you can email Kelsey, (she's going to take care of the registrations). The cost for the 3 hour seminar is $35. If you sign up with a buddy you can save some cash. $65 for 2 people.
You can get more info by clicking here or by checking out the facebook event.
Now for Tip #6
Self Defense techniques need to be designed with 2 major elements. I'll be talking about this a lot at the seminar.
The first element of a well designed technique is pain compliance. It's gotta hurt. Pain compliance is an important part of any self defense because pain is a huge deterent for most people. We don't like when stuff hurts so if you make it hurt, chances are the attacher will change their mind about attacking you.
Unfortunately, a lot of self defense systems rely solely on pain compliance. If we stop at pain compliance though, we run into problems. What if our attacker is drunk, or high, or has a massive amount of testosterone running through their body? For this reason it is important to also damage structural integrity.
This idea is difficult to write about and would be much easier to show you in person. (Insert shameless plug for attending the women's self defense seminar on June 4th here).
Attacking the structural integrity of your opponents body, causes all kinds of fun things to happen but the most important thing is that they fall down. If you do it really well they fall down hard!
Think about a skyscraper, or really any building... If you remove the structure, it doesn't stand up anymore. We can do the same type of thing with a body by sriking the knees sideways, twisting the head, pulling or pushing our opponent off balance, etc...
When we combine a technique that offeres a breakdown in our opponents structural integrity with a technique that provides pain compliance we now have a technique that has the potential to work very well if we practice and implement it properly.
The ultimate goal is escape, but if we can keep the attacker from further pursuing, escape becomes much more sure.
It's important to know that while a technique that only offers a breakdown in structure may work, it's not as effective as one that combines pain compliance and a breakdown in structure. The two elements are like wine and chese. They are fine by themselves but when you put them together, something magical happens.
So now you know the 2 major elements that are used in designing a good self defense technique.
Stay tuned for the 3 elements needed to preform a good technique in the next email.
If you want to find out before then, just sign up for the women's self defense seminar. ;)
Hope to see you all there,