Self-defence can be a controversial topic. Different instructors have different ways and reasons for teaching self-defence. The beauty is that all of these different approaches are important and can be effective in the right situations. Here is the approach that our instructor, Kyle Duske, uses in his self-defence workshops.
IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT STRANGER DANGER
When I teach self-defence I often speak about domestic violence as I have grown up around domestic violence, and because most violent attacks are committed by offenders who are known to the victim. I find that most self-defence courses focus on stranger danger and can be excessive in their tactics. I try to teach fundamental physical skills which are easy to remember, practice and apply. I pair these with a dialogue about the realities of violent offences and the importance of situational awareness.
THE TECHNIQUES ARE THE FUN PART
Learning self-defence can actually be a lot of fun. You learn new and effective techniques and roll-play how to use them to defend yourself against potentially violent attackers. This is a fun, physical, and exciting experience but the reality of self-defence is that it is not all about wrist releases and eye gouges. When exploring the topic of self-defence it is also important to talk about how to avoid dangerous situations, access crisis intervention and in the worst case scenarios find support after a violent attack has occurred.
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