Self Defence Group notes

s-l300Lesson plans for Self Defence Group.


Being an effective combatant, fighter, warrior means defending the land base and the people, but we also need the wisdom, confidence, skill and courage to be able to intervene in and engage with difficult spaces in a grounded, useful way. Part of being able to de-escalate difficult behaviours and make effective decisions under the threat of violence is having some framework for understanding violent encounters, not just fighting techniques..

The big decisions we make in the heat of the moment during a critical situation are defined by how we carry ourselves with the smaller decisions we make in the mundane of everyday life. Consistent training towards a greater personal understanding of violence and ‘dealing with difficult behaviours’ prepares us up to be more effective in stressful situations and in our resistance movements. It also broadens our ideas of what effective self-defence entails.

It gives us greater confidence and ability to work within spaces where threats of violence and dysfunctional/difficult behaviours are more prevalent.

So each session we’ll do both self-defence, and look at broader themes of violence and de-escalation

Lessons are broken up into the following:
LESSON 1. Basic Dynamics of Interpersonal Violence
LESSON 2. Situational Awareness, Avoidance and Counter Tactics
LESSON 3. Managing Psychological Responses When Under Threat (THE FREEZE)
LESSON 5. Stages of Combat.
LESSON 6. Managing Difficult Behaviours and ‘Psychological First Aid’.
LESSON 7. Activist/Revolutionary situation specific readings.

NOTES: Lesson 1 (05/04/16)
Self Defence:   Introducing foundational movements
De-escalation: Interpersonal dynamics of violence
Techniques covered:
Warmup (breakfalls, bridges)
Striking/Padwork (Jab, Cross, Hook, Elbow)
Blocks (Cover, Parry)
Clinch (Introducing overhooks and underhooks)
Takedown (Parry to clinch to mount)
Application (Elbow entry to clinch to key lock)
Ground work (Technical standup, escaping the mount from headlock, strangle and punches)
Meditation (Conditioning for muscle memory)
Self massage.


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