One of the aims of this site is to explain the purpose and the risks for each topic – the student will learn why something is being done. Each of the techniques contains step by step photos and explanations about what is happening, how to perform the movement for the most efficiency. Ultimately, video clips with full speed and slow motion instruction will be added to compliment the photo instructions.
There are two levels of describing the process of learning:
1. Learning Self Defence as a subject.
Self defense contains many topics. For the whole subject to make sense, it needs to be learnt in a systematic way. The order of this site is the same as any self defense or martial arts club, although most clubs miss some important stages. Jumping around the topics will be confusing and will limit your learning. We will start with the basics and slowly build on those as you become comfortable with them. If you skip the basics, you will only cheat yourself - there are no shortcuts in learning something properly.
- Go through the Overview material. This will align definitions of self defense and cover not only safety aspects but fundamental ideas which will aid in all of your learning.
- Practice the Stances. All movements rely on a strong base, so this needs to be covered before techniques are practiced
- Practice the movements. All self defense techniques will use these movements, and if you are not performing them correctly, the defense techniques will not be as easy.
- Practise the blocking. Counters to attacks will not work well if you can not block quickly and effectively.
- Learn the main methods in which someone will attack, then practice the blocking movements for those attacks. The more you practice these, the faster and more natural they will become.
- Learn the self defense techniques - these will use all the previous steps you have learnt up until this point.
- Experiment with the range of techniques available and narrow these down to 6-10 of your most favourite. Practice them the most often, but keep practicing new ones.
- Continue to the Advanced Self Defense section which will not only give you a great deal of additional techniques, but gives a lot of tips and tricks on how to improve the speed and power of the ones you have already learnt.
It is important to note that none of this material is 'read once and forget' - regularly review previous material and remind yourself what it was. No-one can memorise all the information detailed here. Learn stances, for example, then learn movements, then review your stances to ensure you are not drifting off the material you have already learned. All good senior black belts in all arts will regularly practice movements they have been doing for years.
2. Learning the individual techniques.
While the section above refers to the whole training process, this section refers to the learning of each individual topic.
- Read the introductions to understand what is going to be covered and why.
- For each technique, read the explanations about what technique will be focussed on and why it is done, as well as the advantages and disadvantages for each. The more you know about the technique, the better it will work. A good technique used in the wrong application will not work - you need to understand 'why' something is being done.
- Step through the photos and associated instructions
- Practice with a partner, taking turns with the movements
- Record your favourite techniques to practice the most. The more you practice, the more natural and automatic they will be.