My Fellow T-Nationers:
Due to the ridiculous amount of crimes against women in this country (I’m an American working in China), I’ve decided to offer any girls interested a free, “Down and Dirty Self Defense Course” which is akin to those things that LAPD and other agencies offer women for REAL LIFE protection/preservation.
These crimes are sick: From abductions from busses and sold into sex slavery, to date rape with intention of co-ercing the woman into marraige (if the girl loses her virginity, “no one will want to marry her”), to rape/murder/dissection and removal of organs for sale on the black market.
Sound insane or something from a movie? This is just a brief description of some of the crap the girls deal with out here.
While I’ve done MA for over 18 years and have taught it for 3 years (before coming here), I’m still open to suggestions for techniques/tips from people into what could be in this course.
I’m talking about simple and effective things that can be learned in a short amount of time. Please remember that the students will be Chinese women in their 20s-mid 30’s (as most are married after this time). Many are not athletic and have been conditioned for years (through culture) that being athletic is “not feminine.”
But times are changing.
Currently I have 5 sections of a 2-hour class:
Lecture (tips and tricks for minimizing being a victim, as well as practical advice). Tips and ideas on “improvised weaponry” (keys between the fingers, etc). We also have “scream practice” at this time.
warm up (traditional martial arts warmup/punches/kicks, followed by “ready/defense stance practice”(I call it “home”…and no one get’s into your home unless you let them). I really like to emphasize elbow strikes (as most attackers will be in close trying to grab them) and the like.
stretching/rest period (brief)
Actual techniques emphasizing escape or an escaping strike (eye gouges, etc) ultimately culminating into creating the opportunity to run away. This is where we practice the “Rear hair grab” attack and escape, for example.
Conditioning (primarily legs and some others). Soon, I’ll actually make them do sprints…not yet though.
I would greatly appreciate anyone sharing any ideas for the class.
Specifically, while any/all ideas are appreciated, I’d greatly appreciate any techniques you would like to share that I can incorporate into the class. Of course, vivid descriptions would be appreciated.
This is *not a martial arts class…but a “preservation” class…so while an armbar may be cool, it’s not appropriate.
Please understand that if I list everything I teach them in detail, it would take hours.
I think we know that there are many ways to escape the same situation/hold, so we (myself and my students) would appreciate any input/techniques.