1) Many martial arts clubs advertise “self defence classes” but unless you specifically wish to train in traditional martial arts techniques these should usually be avoided. Your attacker will not play fair or abide by the rules and regulations of a martial art. There will be no referee so ensure the training you are receiving is not just a martial art in disguise as although these techniques may look good in a dojo, they often don’t work in the street.
2) The self defence programme you choose should include simulated assaults with a fully padded instructor who will put you through realistic rape and attack scenarios thus allowing you to practice the simple yet extremely effective techniques you’ve learned at full force.
3) If you really want to know if your proposed self defence instructor is up to the job – see if their courses are recommended by your local Police. Most police forces will gladly recommend instructors who teach ‘practical’ self defence (usually incorporating the ‘Bash & Dash’ principle of self defence). Recommended instructors will also be able to supply you with testimonials to support their training.
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