Posts Tagged ‘Self Defence’

Hold Escapes

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

As we are a Self Defence style of Ju Jitsu, much of the emphasis is directed towards hold escapes. The techniques we teach are simple and very effective. The Movements are all gross motor skills virtually everyone can do. This is an important factor in Self Defence as most people are simply incapable of performing fine motor skills in a high stress situation.

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

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

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

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.

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 to set up a free 2 week trail orientation.

Sensei Malcolm Bale – Ju Jitsu Rugby

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011



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