Eclectic Self Protection (ESP) - North London Martial Arts & Self Defence
Womens Self Defence Workshop January 2018
The womens self defence workshop was hosted by Eclectic Self Protection Assoiation (ESPA) and was conducted at Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End, North London on Sunday the 28th January. With lots of electronic advertising and flyer marketing around North London the 3hr Seminar and Workshop had a fantastic turnout of women including mothers, their daughters and other teenagers from all walks of life.
The session commenced with the ESP coach introducing everyone to Eclectic Self Protection, how we train people, and how we improve people’s awareness, confidence, personal safety and personal security as well as a brief overview of what we were going to cover on the course, including the soft and hard skills of self protection.
The class was divided into 6 groups of 4, with each group been issued a big A1 paper where they had to come up with a presentation relating to female self defence. Each group had to feedback to the class and do a presentation of lots of the stuff they worked on as a group. Lots of valuable points were made.
Once all groups presented, the ESP coach did a 30 minute presentation on female self defence and personal safety. We covered unique aspects relating to 1) personal safety, 2) self protection, 3) self defence, and the differences between them and how they apply to female self defence.
A brief overview of self defence and the UK law was explained with relevance to 1) the perceived level of threat, 2) the appropriate and necessary response, and 3) a justifiable use of force. We also covered the criminal law act.
In addition, we discussed the main acts of intrusion and violence women can face including domestic violence, rape and sexual assaults, unwanted attention, harassment and bag snatches. We also emphasised some key facts relating to women.
The importance of awareness, avoidance and escape was summarised with a clearly defined explanation of Jeff Coopers Colour Codes : White, Yellow, Orange and Red.
As the course progressed we covered domestic violence in more depth, and looked at the SDF’s theory of ‘The Escape Gambit’ and its applications.
Furthermore, we also covered sexual harassment and sexual assaults in more depth and how to use power talking effectively as well as mentioning the devastating effects these types of attacks can have on women.
The presentation concluded with a breif explanation of how to handle basic knife threats with emphasis on compliance, control and pre-emption.
The overall conclusion of the presentation was that ‘The Best Form Of Self Defence Is Being Somewhere Else’.
The second half of the session looked in detail at the actual ‘physical’ or ‘hard skills’ of female self defence. We practiced techniques relating to female’s natural weapons including the fence, defensive and offensive push, hammer fist, heel hand strike, v-strike, power slap, elbows and knees, kicks. We drilled these going fowards, backwards, free-directional and against impact equipment. We ehen moved on to the face wash, head turn, the trip, cover and smother.
We looked at some self defence against chokes, defence against grabs, and defences against basic knife threats.
Students were divided into pairs and practiced a selection of these techniques in a safe and controlled environment.
30 percent of the session was dedicated to floor based self defence including sexual assault positions and how women can best defend against these types of attacks. We drilled attacker being in guard, in the mount and thier wrist being pinned.
The hard skills section concluded with a discussion and demonstration on UK Legal Expedient / Improvised Weapons namely ‘the strobe torch’ and the ;’criminal identifier spray’. A full surprise demonstration was conducted of the identifier spray, its effectiveness, and differences from the ‘pepper spray’.
Overall it was a brillient and enjoyable afternoon with a big turnout of students and some great feedback was made.
(I would like to thank ASMMA-SDF, WSA & ASW for the training I received from these organisation regarding conducting this course as I had great feedback)
You can read some reviews about what said here : http://eclecticselfprotection.com/reviews-.php
Written by Luke James Febuary 2018