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Women's Self Defense Program

The Women's Self-Defense Course is a practical, hands on course. All participants should be prepared to have fun, learn and practice essential self-defense skills and participate in drills. 

The course is offered periodically through direct arrangements with Scott Williams as part of the Red Leaf Karate Club.

Contact Scott Williams (603) 828-1912 directly for 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. 

Class attire consists of loose fitting clothing and sneakers

Major Learning Points:

- Self-Defense Awareness & Theory

- How to Kick and Strike Effectively

- Basic Self Defense Techniques & Combinations

- Basic Breaks to Escape From Common Holds & Grabs

Self Defense Awareness Notes:

Aggressive Mind Set:

Your life is very valuable and worth protecting

You have right to defend yourself

Your safety (and that of your loved ones and the weak) is more important than the safety  of your attacker

You must act aggressively/offensively to defend yourself (don’t wait to be hurt)

You  must have the total expectation for success (survival is about 50% attitude and 50% technique)

Don’t Assign Your Attacker a Personality

Don’t Get Caught Up In Anyone’s Rap

Self Defense Resources include; 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

Defensive Options include:

Avoid confrontation in the first place  (best option)

Run/Get Away

Disable Attacker and Escape (Example: Kick, Punch & Run)

Permanently Disable Attacker

Hot Zone Theory:

Hot Zone =  a circle about arm’s length surrounding your body:

Anyone outside the Hot Zone is a potential threat (can’t harm you unless they have a weapon that extends their 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 Basics:

An attacker is defined as someone who enters your Hot Zone (see definition above) with the intent to cause harm (intent is the key word here, you don’t (and must not) wait for an attacker to 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 can’t justify breaking their neck in self defense). However, if an attacker is in your Hot Zone with the intent to harm you, do not hesitate –DEFEND YOURSELF, be fully committed when doing so.

Key Striking Areas of The Body::

Vital Striking Areas are Eyes, Throat, Solar Plexus and Groin

Fluid Shock “Nerve Plexus” Points: Side of Neck and Inner Thigh (Femoral Nerve Area)

High Pain & Damage Areas include; Knees, Lower Floating Rib,  Jaw, Nose & Temple

The Body has many “Reflex” & Pain Pressure Points

Joint Locks Cause “Controlling/Submission” Levels of Pain

Three Rules:

(1) Use what you learn responsibly,

(2) Don’t teach it to anyone else &

(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 victim and here are some interesting facts

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who's clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00a.m. and 8:30a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store 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 woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry 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 get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

Keys are not a deterrent
because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like 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 as a target.

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 this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

14) Start causing trouble, and he's out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be awar e of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

Scott Williams
                 3258 Arrow Arum Dr.               
Johns Island, SC 29455
Phone# 603.828.1912  

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