Personal Safety Fundamentals

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Part III Physical skills


On average, 97,000 women and men are sexually assaulted every year in the UK. Sadly and as uncomfortable as it may be to recognise, in the modern world that we live in, there is a need for everyone to know how to physically defend themselves.


So what is the best way to learn to defend yourself? There are over 170 different martial arts originating from all over the world. Some focus on grappling, throws, chokeholds, and joint locks. While others concentrate on leg techniques, and others focus on open-handed strikes. With such an array of options how does the regular person in the street begin to choose which would be best for learning how to physically defend themselves? Whilst there is no denying that a background in martial arts is likely to provide a significant advantage in a self defense scenario, what if you do not have years to dedicate to reaching the highest ranking? What should you be training to prepare you for real life scenarios where there are no referees, no illegal moves, no training mats, no gloves and protective clothing etc?


The most effective self-defense systems/arts will have the following features:


  • Highly practical and simple techniques that work with the body's natural reactions.

  • Techniques that have been stress tested and don't rely on physical strength.

  • Techniques whereby a high level of proficiency can be achieved in a short time.

  • Emphasis on attacking vulnerable parts of the body.

  • Enhances decisive action under extreme stress and/or fatigue.

  • Develops aggressiveness / fighting spirit.

  • Practises defense from positions of disadvantage, using common objects offensively and defensively.