The Self Defense Seminar on Saturday was quite a success. For those of you who missed out, you should really consider coming to the next one, already scheduled for September 1.
The seminar was about the Three Fights: (1) The fight with yourself, your misconceptions, fears, reluctance to train, and the effects of adrenaline. (2) The actual physical fight. (3) Legal and moral issues of the fight, injuries & post traumatic stress.
We discussed the Third and First Fights in great detail, including how to correctly describe your self defense actions to the police so that you aren’t accused of committing a crime and to reduce your chances of being successfully sued, and how we get screwed up by our misconceptions about the nature of violence and what we think we’d do in a violent situation. We spent a little time working on front and rear ambush defense, as well as some simple striking techniques.
The remainder of the class was spent doing scenarios, which were very eye-opening for everyone. We tied those scenarios back into the ideas of the First and Third Fights, and really gave the participants a feel for how your brain and body function in a stressful situation.
The biggest feedback that I got from the participants was that the seminar was not at all what they were expecting. Many other self defense seminars before focus on physical techniques, while this one is much more about the mental and emotional components of violence and the aftermath of such an encounter.
The next seminar is already scheduled, and you can sign up for it in the Members Area. Attendance is limited, so sign up ASAP. I’m also planning to have child care available for the next one.