Self-Defense Program Overview

The program objective is to develop ‘Survival Competency’: the related knowledge, skills, abilities, and attributes that enable an individual (or group) to act effectively in situations where one’s survival is at stake.

Survival competence indicates that an individual will be able to act effectively in a wide variety of situations to guarantee self-preservation.

Therefore, it is not enough to simply be able to execute techniques—the student must be able to connect techniques to their contexts of use.

The student’s competence to use techniques effectively is intimately linked to their knowledge of social conditions, such as the environment they are in and the people around them.

This is why the primary student learning objective of each class is to develop Survival Competency incrementally through learning, first by gaining knowledge of these social conditions, then gradually by developing skills, abilities, and attributes through practice.

Self-Defense Clinic Level 1

This 90-minute class is designed to educate and train students to become better aware of their surroundings, with the aim of raising Survival Competency incrementally, fostering self-awareness and self-preservation skills in everyday situations where they could be a target.

Students learn the fundamental skills of self-preservation in public encounter scenarios through ‘Distance Management’ of four ranges: a) the ‘Walking and Talking’ range, b) the ‘Grabbing and Stabbing’ range, c) the ‘Holding and Abducting’ range, and d) the ‘Pinning and Subduing’ range.

Students will develop the ability to detect a situation in which their safety may be compromised and to act appropriately and effectively if an attacker threatens the integrity of the four ranges.

The primary objective of this class is to better prepare individuals to prevent situations in which their safety may be compromised by raising awareness, while instilling in students a sense of necessity to act offensively without hesitation to prevent the situation from going bad to worse.

Self-Defense Clinic Level 2

This 90-minute class is designed to build on the education and training students received in the Level 1 clinic and to provide focused training on striking and control techniques. As with the Level 1 clinic, the Level 2 clinic’s aim is to raise Survival Competency incrementally through learning (and re-learning), while providing training opportunities for the gradual development of skills and abilities.

Students review the fundamentals of ‘Distance Management’ in four ranges: a) the ‘Walking and Talking’ range, b) the ‘Grabbing and Stabbing’ range, c) the ‘Holding and Abducting’ range, and d) the ‘Pinning and Subduing’ range.

Students then learn striking and control fundamentals that are immediately employed following the threat to the integrity of each of these ranges. Students will develop an ability to strike and control an attacker with offensively and effectively to provide the opportunity for escape.

The primary objective of this class is to better equip individuals with the knowledge and techniques needed to take control of the adverse situation and put the attacker on the defense, while reinforcing healthy situational awareness practices to avoid situations in which their safety may be compromised.