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Ju Jitsu for Self Defence

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Our style of Ju Jitsu is designed for effective self defence.

There are some features that make it different from other styles of Martial Arts. Firstly Ju Jitsu is a broad based art which forms the basis of Judo, Karate and Aikido.

The techniques we teach are all Gross Motor which are simple body movements most people are capable of performing. This is critical in a high stress situation as fine motor skills often cannot be performed.

 

Ju Jitsu for Self Defence

Ju Jitsu for Self Defence

 

Basic Principles of Self Defence

Monday, April 22nd, 2013


Your entire body is a weapon, every part can be used to defend yourself. Get away from the conventional way of thinking. Self Defence is not about Ju Jitsu, Karate etc it’s about doing whatever has to be done in order for you to get home safely to your family.

Rich Dimitri of Senshido explains it very simply. A unique and effective for of Self Defence. No fancy techniques, all very simple and anyone could do. See a few video clips below – Parts 1,2 and 3

Bend it the way you’re not supposed to – Fingers, elbows, wrists. Use the Closest tool to the closest target and target the Primary targets such as Eyes (can’t see, can’t fight) and Throat (can’t breathe can’t fight). Then there’s the un-teen other targets scattered all over the body

Part 1

You’ll see these basic principles of self defence are explained very well, simple and to the point

Part 2

Part 3

Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

Sensei Malcolm

Some Self Defence Tips from Senshido:

Criminals want three things from their victims: Valuables, Body, and Life

Criminals fear three things: Pain, having attention drawn to the situation, and going to jail

Criminals are not confined to shady neighborhoods; they can travel to
“safe” areas and act upon opportunities there. Avoid fringe   areas, locations that give
attackers privacy and control, at all costs

Fringe areas include but are not limited to transit places such as parking lots, staircases,
and elevators at night, dark alleys, and shortcuts…

Some High Risk regions include Red Light districts, places with known drug or criminal
activity, as well as unfamiliar neighborhoods

Girls, avoid shady and dangerous people: Sometimes, Danger adds some spice to life, but
the buzz of being with a “bad boy” is not worth the potential trouble

Avoid using walkman/ iPod and any device who might limit your auditory sense while
jogging or walking down the streets (This includes reading a book/ newspaper in streets/
bus stops…) Criminals look for easy prey, and someone disconnected from reality is fair
game for these people

NEVER follow or let a criminal take you to another location; those are known as secondary
crime scenes and that is where the bodies are found. Whatever the criminal wants to do,
he cannot do it here, so he will threaten/ manipulate/ force you to go to a location more
suited for his evil deeds

strong>Rape is about power and control, not sex. Rapists need Privacy and Control to be able to
rape. Deny them those things

It is never the victim’s fault in the case of abuse or rape. Even if the victim(s) makes
mistakes, it is the criminal(s) who committed the crime, not the victim

As a woman, you have the right to make your own decisions about your life, including but
not limited to dressing up, choosing who to date/ love/ have sex with, talk to…

As a woman, it is your right to so “No” to a man’s advances and refuse to have sex even if
you were the one who previously initiated contact. If the man continues, let him know that
it is rape. If he proceeds regardless, the shift behaviors and preemptively strike when he
does not expect it

A wife batterer/ domestic abuser CANNOT be redeemed by his spouse, no matter how
hard the latter tries. Batterers need PROFESSIONAL help

Always follow your intuition, gut feeling, also called “little voice in your head”. It is better
to feel silly and be wrong than to be assaulted or wake up in the hospital

Criminals are lazy animals, looking for an easy prey. By being confident, you will send a
hard target message to those around you, and decrease the risk of being picked on by a
perpetrator. However, some criminals like challenges and might choose to attack “to teach
a lesson”

Awareness, avoidance strategies, negotiation skills, and proper verbal communication are
more important any physical technique

Martial arts and combat sports, no matter how hard they look, still follow the three tenets
of consent, preparation, and awareness, as well as a plethora of rules and traditions most
criminals do not concern themselves with

A complete and REALISTIC self defense/ Personal Protection methodology needs to
adequately cover, in full details, all the different ranges of combat  (Hand striking, kicking,
close quarters, grappling, ground fighting), modern weapons defense

(knives, sticks, irearms, improvised weapons), multiple attackers (armed and unarmed), and most
importantly, the behavioral, psychological, and emotional aspects (among these, the
impact of adrenaline on one’s body, fear and anger management, verbal communication/
diffusion strategies/ de escalation dialogue, proper body language …)

Proper mindset has allowed untrained people to survive vicious attacks by criminals,
whereas many “experts” and Black Belts, only relying on their martial prowess (but
unprepared mentally and physically to deal with Real Violence) were helpless and became
victimized

It’s not “Survival of the Fittest” but “Survival of the Wittiest”: Do whatever you need to do
to get home safety, including manipulating the opposition into thinking you were a
coward, talking your way out of trouble, or using any method to physically terminate the
attack(s).

Never give up, no matter how grim the situation seems. People who get victimized have, at
one point, given up on the situation. Remember: Don’t quit and you won’t die

When in pubs, never accept a drink from a stranger unless you see the barman pour the
drink in front of you. Even though, it is better to refuse a drink and order a sealed beverage
(beer, Smirnoff ice, …)

When in pubs, NEVER leave your drink unattended, even for a few seconds. Two seconds is
all the time needed for someone to drug your drink. If you feel drunk or disoriented after
only one drink, then there is something wrong with it. Go immediately to the nearest
hospital with a TRUSTED relative or friend, and have a urine test taken. For additional
information about Date Rape/ Predatory Drugs, visit www.dea.gov

When walking down the street, walk against incoming traffic to avoid someone pulling up
next to you and abducting you. Also avoid parking next to vans

If someone off the street starts making crude comments about the way you look, IGNORE
HIM. This is called Typecasting, and aims at obtaining a response from you; regardless of
what you say, the person would have drawn you in and initiated contact

If you think you are being followed, DO NOT GO HOME,

go to a public place and lose the stalker, or proceed to the closest police station

Self Defence Tips For Women

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

10 Powerful Self Defense Tips For Women

In America, a woman is being raped every two minutes.
During a survey carried out in the early 1990’s, it revealed that fifty per cent of Canadian women had experienced an incident of sexual assault or physical violence. Figures have increased since then?
In Australia, Nineteen per cent of women aged eighteen to twenty four experienced an act of violence in the last year.
Statistics show that 1 in 4 women in the USA will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
These are absolutely OUTRAGEOUS statistics!
Over that time we have helped thousands of people learn how to protect and look after themselves.
Increasing personal safety commences with increasing your awareness.
Since most women fear attacks of a sexual type more than anything else most of our quick tips are geared towards that.
Here’s is a list of ten simple things that you can do immediately that will increase your safety:

1 – Trust your Gut Feeling. Women are very intuitive. If you think a situation may be dangerous then it probably is. If you have a feeling something is wrong then it probably is. Trust Your Instincts – That little feeling of intuition should not only be trusted but acted upon.

2 – Be very careful about wearing revealing clothing in public places. Doing so ensures you will attract plenty of attention, including attention from those people with wicked intent. Be discrete and leave provocative wear to those times when you can enjoy the intimacy of your partner.

3 – In the event of a physical confrontation, use your fingers to gouge your attacker’s cheek. It marks him for identification and you will have DNA under your finger nails.

4 – Drive your car in a polite manner. Remember – eventually you have to stop, even if it is to refuel. Psycho cases might follow you for many miles “just to teach you a lesson” – all because you made yourself a target to their twisted mind.

5 – Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, taking mind altering drugs and leaving ANY food or drink unattended where it may be tampered with is a recipe for disaster. Stay in the company of people you can trust.

6 – NEVER pick up hitchers and ABSOLUTELY NEVER hitch-hike yourself.

7 – If you live alone ensure mail is addressed by your first initial followed by your surname. There’s no need to address mail to you with salutations like Miss, Mrs, Ms or with your Christian or given name. Those letters and parcels pass many eyes before they get to you. Change them. Make them nondescript as to your sex and marital status. Why give anyone additional information about you?

8 – NEVER walk alone at night or at any time in isolated areas. Predators are very keen on these locations. Avoid them. Everyone knows this as one of the golden rules, yet so many still ignore the obvious danger and still do it.

9 – Often times sexual acts are carried out by people who the victims knew – or, at least, thought they knew! Be friendly and polite by all means but be watchful for tell-tale signs of “odd ” behaviour. Be absolutely firm about any uninvited attention.

10 – Sexual attacks are usually preceded by a visual sign, which is usually preceded by a verbal approach before the physical action. Recognize the sequence: the look – the talk – the attack.

Feel free to distribute this list to every woman you care for.
There are so many predators out there. Let’s help our women to PROTECT themselves! Don’t let somebody YOU know become the next victim.

Ground Escapes

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Ju Jitsu involves many different areas of Martial Arts and Ground Escapes is one of those major areas.

Techniques teach students how they can be effective on the ground whether in a competitive or Self Defence environment. The picture below shows Sensei Malcolm Bale demonstrating a simple Ground Escape to students at Ju Jitsu Rugby.

 

Make Ground Escapes a major element of your Ju Jitsu Training

Have Fun – Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

Sensei Malcolm Bale

Ju Jitsu Rugby and Tadashii Do Ju Jitsu

Martial Arts Training is More Than Just Self-Defence

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

According to the FBI, four women die everyday as a result of domestic violence and about 130,000 women report that they’ve been victims of rape or attempted rape annually.  Because of statistics like this, many women enrol in self-defence classes to learn the skills they need to defend themselves.

The thing is, a short-term self-defence class may not address all of the areas you need to be able to fully defend yourself.  While martial arts classes won’t specifically train you for combat and fighting, they will give you the ability to defend yourself if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to practice self-defence.  The best part is that this self-defence isn’t always physical.  What most people don’t know is that in a good martial arts class you’ll learn a variety of skills to help you gain the awareness, peace and physical conditioning you need to be a stronger person, in all aspects of your life.

Confidence.  All the physical defence skills in the world won’t help if you don’t have the confidence needed to use them.  That’s the beauty of martial arts training.  In order to successfully train a martial art, you need to have your mind and body in tune with one another.  This self-awareness gives you the confidence your need to control and defend yourself if needed.  You’ll be able to handle everyday and extraordinary situations without losing your temper.  You’ll be able to stand your ground.  You’ll appear to be (and will be) more confident ñ and people who appear to be confident are less likely to be the victims of violence because they don’t look like easy targets.

Focus and Awareness.  While training martial arts, you need to focus and concentrate on what you are doing so that you don’t injure yourself or those around you.  This focus and concentration carries over into other aspects of your life as well.  Soon, you’ll find yourself better able to concentrate on work, school and home.  You’ll even find yourself being more aware of your surroundings which can help you avoid potentially harmful or violent situations.

Peace.  Training martial arts will also give you an inner peace that can change your life.  First of all, to effectively train martial arts, your workout will always be changing. You’ll never get bored with your workout because it will always be challenging to your abilities (both physical and mental).  In addition to that, training martial arts is a great stress reducer.  You probably already know that regular physical exercise can reduce physical stress, but what you don’t know is that martial arts go one step further to reduce emotional stress as well.  Activities such as martial arts that require you concentrate on your movements and your core strength can give you full stress relief in one activity.

Strength and Conditioning.  When you train martial arts, you use your entire body.  You cannot use just one muscle set at a time.  The exercises are always changing and evolving to give you the maximum out of each training session.  Martial arts also increase your flexibility which is great because people who are flexible suffer fewer injuries, have better posture and are better able to relax their muscles.

If you are interested in learning more about how martial arts can help your self confidence, please contact our location in Rugby at 07954 718823 or admin@ju-jitsu-rugby.com to set up a free 2 week trail orientation.

Sensei Malcolm Bale – Ju Jitsu Rugby

Can you even throw a punch?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Help me, Im fat, lazy and afraid of a bully.When the World Turns VIOLENT! I bet you run.Are you martially in danger?
All titles to bring on that chilling fear inside and solicit a response – so read on..

ITS DANGEROUS OUT THERE
Its dangerous out there and especially for you..
The enemy may be next door and you dont know it but you got to have the guts too look. What can you really do once you see some violence or get scared or worse because you receive a bashing or king hit – do you hide in your house?
You know that given a situation to be a hero and stop a crime, terrorism or violence you’ll be able to step up or chase after them etc – or maybe you’ll cower or be the victim.
The danger today is maybe not too obvious to you but you better hone your sensors or youll get hit without seeing it coming.

PHYSICAL COMPETENCE
Have you ever seen raw attack or someone getting ‘owned’? Just search google for “martial street fights” – “martial owned” Watch those movies and cringe!!

Kung Fu, Boxing, dancing, balley, incompetance? What will you offer to your attacker?

I can judge I am probably half the strength and endurance form 10 years ago, how about you?
Can you throw a punch or even stand steady on one leg? can you do a round-house or even give a kick to the knee? Ever heard of a combination?

MARTIAL TRAINING TO LIVE

Training is hard..really hard. The most hard is to get started and its down-hill easy from there. What you need is a martial arts machine – something new and exciting to get you off your fat ass.
Search for it – martial arts machine – http://www.google.com/search?q=martial+arts+machine
Whats important now is to do something, start with brief excercise, get into stretching, shadow box, then step up and train hard.
GO to the local phone book and look up kung fu or karate. Then give them a call, go along or take your kid.

CONCLUSION IS ACTION
Life is not scarey but maybe your lack of skill, self confidence and personal competance is making you petrified.
Be pro-active and look, then choose and participate in action whether alone with a martial arts training machine or go to a dojo.
If you are not liking what you see in the mirror, afraid to go down a dark street, scared of a potential confrontation then train now.

Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

Sensei Malcolm Bale  – Ju Jitsu Rugby

10 Powerful Self Defence Tips For Women

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

In the USA, Every Two Minutes a woman is being raped.

A 1993 survey revealed that 50% of Canadian women have experienced an incident of sexual assault or physical violence.

In Australia, 19% of women aged 18 to 24 experienced an act of violence in the last year.

Statistics show that one in very four women in America will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

These are SHOCKING statistics!

For more than 30 years I have been running specialised self defence courses and seminars. Over that time I have shown thousands of people how to protect and look after themselves.

Increasing personal safety ALWAYS commences with awareness.

Since most women fear attacks of a sexual nature more than anything else most of my quick tips are geared towards that.

If you are a woman, here is a list of ten simple things that you can do immediately that will increase your safety:

1 – Do not wear revealing clothing in public places. Doing so will ensure that you attract plenty of attention, including attention from those people with evil intent. Be discrete and leave provocative wear to those times when you can enjoy the intimacy of your partner.

2 – Trust your instincts. Women are very intuitive. If you think a situation might be dangerous then it probably is. That little guardian angel should be trusted rather than ignored.

3 – Rape and other sexual assault is always increasing. In the event of the worst outcome use your fingernails to gouge your attacker’s cheek. It marks him for identification and you will have DNA under your nails.

4 – Drive your motor vehicle in a courteous manner. Nobody appreciates rude hand signs. Remember – eventually you have to stop, even if it is to refuel. Psycho cases might follow you for many miles “just to teach you a lesson” – all because you made yourself a target to their twisted minds.

5 – Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, taking mind altering drugs and leaving ANY food or drink unattended where it may be tampered with is a recipe for disaster. Give your self an even chance.

6NEVER pick up hitch-hikers and ABSOLUTELY NEVER hitch-hike yourself.

7 – If you live alone make sure that all your mail is addressed by just your first initial followed by your surname. Never allow mail to be addressed to you with salutations like Miss, Mrs, Ms or with your christian or given name. Those letters and parcels pass many eyes before they get to you. Change them. Make them nondescript as to your sex and marital status. Why allow anybody even one extra shred of information about you?

8NEVER walk alone at night or at any time in isolated areas. Predators love these locations. Avoid them.

9 – Many sexual acts are committed by people who the victims knew – or, at least, thought they knew! Be friendly and polite by all means but be vigilant for tell-tale signs of “strange” behaviour. Do NOT flirt. Be firm about any unwanted attention, particularly in the work place.

10 – Sexual attack is usually preceded by some visual sign, which is usually preceded by some verbal approach before the physical action. Recognise the sequence: the look – the talk – the attack.

There are so many predators out there. Let’s help our women to PROTECT themselves! Don’t let somebody YOU know become the next victim.

Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

10 Common-sense Self Defence Tips For Men

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Increasing personal safety commences with awareness.

Since most men may be attacked in almost any situation and for a wide-ranging variety of reasons I offer the following advice.
Here is a list of ten simple things that you can do immediately that will increase your safety:

1 – Most men get involved in physical trouble as a result of saying something rude, offensive, tactless, stupid or hurtful. Controlling what comes out of your mouth can keep it in good shape. Think before you speak.
2 – If a fight breaks out in a bar – leave immediately. Go before all the drunks and brawlers start swinging chairs, bottles, glasses and punches. A “free for all” usually starts with just two protagonists. Innocent bystanders often get hit. Those who leave all the fools to bash each other do not.
3 – NEVER attempt to mediate an argument between a man and a woman. Both will cease arguing or fighting with each other and turn on you – the common enemy. If you fear for the woman’s safety, call the police.
4 – Understand that many people these days have a cocktail of drugs and booze in their veins. It makes them argumentative, aggressive and “Mike Tyson-esque.” Avoid people who are “off the planet.” Even a casual glance at them can set them off. Leave them with their own demons.
5 – Don’t make the fatal mistake of thinking that ANYBODY fights “fair” any more. Those days are over – they have been since the John Wayne era! Expect multiple attackers, weapons, possibly both.
6 – The cemeteries are full of dead heroes. Don’t add to their number. Run if you can. There is no shame in avoiding a fight. In fact, running away is smart.
7 – Recognize objects in every room of your home that could be used as makeshift weapons. Home invasion is a growing curse these days due to the unwillingness of our governments to protect their citizens.
8 – THIS IS MORE OF A LEGAL WARNING: Understand that if you allow yourself to be placed in a “compromising” position with a woman, particularly one who is “under-age,” then the woman’s version of events will usually be believed over the man’s version. Do not allow yourself to get into such situations.
9 – Negotiation is a far higher art form than physical confrontation. Do anything reasonable to avoid a fight. NOTHING good ever comes out of conflict. War is proof of that.
10 – When all else fails, your back is to the wall and there is absolutely no other alternative left remember… “it is better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.”
Remember my opening words – “increasing personal safety ALWAYS commences with awareness.” Increase your awareness, mind your manners, know your surroundings and you will certainly improve your safety.

Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

Parents Would Do a Better Job

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Do you think parents would do a better job of teaching Basic Martial Arts Program to their own kids?

I personally think that most good parents would do a far better job than most Instructors these days for many reasons. Firstly in this information age all the information you need to find is readily available and easy to find. A Kids Martial Arts Program should include several areas such as Safety Awareness, Personal Values and Fun Fitness and the Martial Arts Techniques themselves should be very simple. Information required by young children is a little different to the information required by older children and certainly to information taught in adult Martial Art classes. The trouble is most programs  do not include these elements and for most families they are the most important areas they were looking for in the first place.

Not everyone wants to join a Kids Martial Arts Program for a Competitive Sport but to find a great activity where they can learn some essential skills. A kids program has to be loaded with fun, it’s how they best learn. Many kids join a program and end up leaving shortly afterwards. The other problem is the sessions can be too long or too frequent, it becomes a chore for all involved and both the parent and child’s enthusiasm soon fizzle out. Kids really need a short blast of real fun and excitement to ensure they want to return for more fun the following session. Not only does that make a good learning atmosphere but it creates a great connection to an activity which could last a lifetime.

When it comes to Safety Awareness no one cares more than the parents themselves and nobody knows their kids better than the parents.

You as Parents can ensure you get all the right information and also ensure your child gets all the attention they need.

Go and watch a few Kids Martial Arts Classes and see what you think for yourself , you’ll find my points very interesting. If you are really fortunate, you’ll stumble across a fantastic Club with a great program and it’s problem solved. If you are struggling to find a good club or some useful information you can pass on to your children, feel free to contact me directly.

All The Very Best

Sensei Malcolm Bale

Focus on Self Defence and Safety Awareness

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Our Kids Classes at Ju Jitsu Rugby have a Focus on Self Defence and Safety Awareness. Martial Arts is great but it needs to focus on practical requirements. If you are looking for an activity for your children then do your due diligence and check with the club to see what the Syllabus actually covers. You will find that most of them are geared towards Sport or Competition which is fantastic if that was what you were looking for.

Self Defence and Safety Awareness

At Ju Jits Rugby, we have incorporated elements in the Syllabus that all kids can benefit from – Safety Awareness, Personal Values, Fun Fitness and the Martial Arts skills too. It is all incorporated into the Syllabus. Kids make progress every week to really give them a sense of achievement and parents recognise this progress very quickly.

The Safety Awareness covers The Golden Rules of Safety, information to help keep your children safe and sound. The Personal values covers Discipline, Self Discipline, Focus, Respect, Integrity and Excellence – All qualities to help your kids in all areas of life. Fun Fitness is an important area as kids really need to have fun in exercise, this keeps them wanting to come back for me without realising they are reaping the many benefits of an exercise program. The Martial Arts Skills is where kids gain confidence in quickly learning new skills.

Testimonials from parents have been fantastic, it’s so rewarding to hear from parents we make such a big positive impact in their children’s lives right from behaviour, Concentration, Awareness to becoming much more athletic.

Train Hard – Train Smart – Fightwize

Sensei Malcolm bale – Chief Instructor – Ju Jitsu Ruby