Self-Defense Course is a practical, hands on course. All participants
should be prepared to have fun, learn and practice essential
and participate in drills.
course is offered periodically through direct arrangements
with Scott Williams as part of the
Red Leaf Karate Club.
Contact Scott Williams (603) 828-1912
details. Also, anyone taking
the course is welcome anytime for a refresher at the Red Leaf Karate
Club Tuesday night class 6:30 - 8:00 at Scott's home, click the
"about us" link above for directions.
consists of loose fitting clothing and sneakers
- Self-Defense Awareness & Theory
- How to Kick and Strike Effectively
- Basic Self Defense Techniques &
- Basic Breaks to Escape From Common Holds
Self Defense Awareness Notes:
Your life is very
You have right to
Your safety (and that
of your loved
ones and the weak) is more important than the safety of
You must act
aggressively/offensively to defend yourself (don’t wait to be hurt)
have the total expectation for success (survival is about 50%
attitude and 50% technique)
Don’t Assign Your
Don’t Get Caught Up In
Self Defense Resources
your mind, eyes, voice, hands, feet, and will to survive
Goal = Rise
above fear and
respond in a manner that will enable survival if attacked
Avoid confrontation in
place (best option)
Disable Attacker and
(Example: Kick, Punch & Run)
Hot Zone Theory:
Hot Zone = a circle about arm’s length surrounding your
Anyone outside the Hot
Zone is a
potential threat (can’t harm you unless they have a weapon that extends
reach into the Hot zone), you must remain alert
An attacker inside the
Hot Zone is
a definite threat, they can hit, touch or grab you, once
the intent to harm you is perceived by you,
“it’s on”, you must DEFEND YOURSELF
Self Defense Law
An attacker is defined
who enters your Hot Zone (see definition above) with the intent to
(intent is the key word here, you don’t (and must not) wait for an
hurt you before defending yourself).
Only an equal amount
of force can
justifiably be used to stop an attacker (e.g. if someone is
intending/attempting to poke you with their baby finger, you probably
justify breaking their neck in self defense). However, if an attacker
your Hot Zone with the intent to harm you, do not hesitate –DEFEND
fully committed when doing so.
Vital Striking Areas
Throat, Solar Plexus and Groin
Fluid Shock “Nerve
Side of Neck and Inner Thigh (Femoral Nerve Area)
High Pain & Damage
include; Knees, Lower Floating Rib, Jaw,
Nose & Temple
The Body has many
Pain Pressure Points
Joint Locks Cause
“Controlling/Submission” Levels of Pain
(1) Use what you learn
(2) Don’t teach it to
(3) Let your
instructor know if you
ever have to use it
These notes are off the internet
and worth noting.
A group of rapists and date
rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential
and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is
They are most likely to go after a woman with a
bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They
likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with
are not common targets.
2) The second thing men look for is clothing.
will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove
Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on their cell phone,
through their purse or doing other activities while
because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning,
5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is
parking lots. Number two is office parking lots/garages.
Number three is public restrooms.
6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a
quickly move her to another location where they don't have to
about getting caught. Any place you are being brought to is very likely
worse off for you, so don't go, take a stand where you are.
7) Only 2%
said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but
rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they
discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to
that going after you isn't worth it because it will be
9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,
other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in
Keys are not a deterrent
because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a
So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.
10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is
behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an
stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question,
what time is it, or make general small talk: "I can't believe it is so
cold out here", "we're in for a bad winter." Now you've
seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal
11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out
your hands in
front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists
talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or
she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking
14) Start causing trouble, and he's out of there.
15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his
fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure
down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without
much pressure, and I ended on my knees and both knuckles cracked
16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be
awar e of
your surroundings, take someone with you if you can
you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!