No class on Friday evening as I am away. Class back on on Wednesday as usual.
Muay Thai is a standup form of combat & competition from Thailand. Muay Thai has a heavy focus of low kicks, elbows & standup grappling, referred to as clinch. Muay Thai is ideal for fitness, sport, self defence & weighloss. We train Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at Urban Fitness & Combat in Lockwood, Huddersfield. Beginners welcome. £6
Every time you learn a new skill to a good level of competence, you give yourself options that you wouldn’t have had, and any one of them just might be your key to surviving a potential threat to life event one day. Personal Protection options steer us away from the physical, this is then supported with a tool box of hand-to-hand skills as our main foundational tools.
Some obvious Self Protection skills would include:
- Does my assailant have friends nearby? Could this become multiple attacker situation.
- Is this a bad area?
- Am I restricting my movement? Flat soled shoes I can’t run in. Jeans I can’t kick or knee in. A tight shirt I can’t strike in.
- Am I in a restricted area? A subway? A room with only 1 exit. A toilet cubicle. Many professional bouncers, when going to the toilet on the job lock themselves in the cubicle instead of using the urinal in case of an attack from behind.
Verbal Self Defence (talking someone down)
- Don’t answer a question with another question, escalating the situation.
- Correct use of body language. Non-combative & non-threatening.
- Take the conversation off in a different direction.
The ultimate progression for these said skills can be developed with realistic scenario training that will allow us to apply our skill under adrenaline based, replicated circumstance to prepare for a likely event.
Trying not to have a confrontation in the first place is best, but this is not always possible. Awareness and avoidance is key to keeping you in-tune with your surroundings so you can deal with potential threats. What if they aren’t enough and you still find yourself in harm’s way?
Running is always the best choice. But not all situations lend themselves very well for running, such as toilets, lifts, stairwells etc. Along with use of the ‘Fence’ (see right), you have another very powerful weapon that can help you walk away unscathed, your voice, or verbal self defence.
De-escalation involves using your voice to prevent a potentially dangerous situation from becoming a physical confrontation that could result in injury. Ways to do that can include simply listening, distracting the other person, re-focusing the other person on something positive, changing the subject, empathising with the other person or outlining choices.
Since about 80% to 90% of our communication is non-verbal, it’s important to make sure our words are in tune with our body language.
Examples of things to avoid:
- Finger pointing may be seen as threatening
- Shoulder shrugging may be viewed as uncaring
- Rigid walking, pacing or pumping up the chest may be seen as challenging
- Speaking through clenched teeth shows non-willingness to listen to another side of the story.
- Quick movements – which many make when they are nervous, may unintentionally startle or scare others