Basic Self Defense (SD101)
Course Price: $75
Course Times: 8 hours
Course Designer: Dave Jenkins
In this class, you will learn more about body language, non-verbal communication, and pre-attack indicators. We will also talk about how the predators among us use what is called "Target Selection" in picking a victim, and how to work on minimizing it. Physiological and psychological reactions to an attack will be discussed, as well. Participants will also learn some basic skills to counteract an aggressor's actions.
Building a "Winning Mindset" (some call it a 'Survivor's Mindset')
Movement and positioning in varying situations
Learning to counter the most basic and common attacks (wrist grabs, hair pulls, punches, etc)
|| Required Equipment:|
- Comfortable clothing (jeans or sweats), T shirt or sweatshirt, and sneakers.
- No high heels, sandals, flip flops, or hard-soled shoes.
You will be working in close proximity with others, so good grooming and appropriate clothing is appreciated.
|| Prerequisites: |
This class is on the low end of being physically demanding. If you have any questions about preexisting injuries or limitations, please contact us before registering.
Frequently Asked Questions
I found Dave through his website when I was looking for a class in self defense. I'm a senior in highschool and want to be able to look after myself when I go to college. After talking to him, I attended his Basic Self Defense class and was, well, surprised at myself. What he talked about made me think (I guess that's the idea) and made me realize how easy it was to not pay attention to stuff going on around you. I was actually worried about the skills as I had never done anything like this before.
When it came time to use my skills on Dave (in his HUGE padded suit!!) I was so nervous I felt I was shaking. After three tries, I got it right and nailed him right where I needed to!! Once I got it, I could not stop, I wanted another turn, and another, and... well, I had to stop soon. I think now my Dad wants to take a class after seeing what it did for me! All I can say is that I got more than I expected, and want to keep going. Thanks Dave!
- A.M. - Fairport, NY
I just wanted to Thank You once again for the great class on self-defense yesterday. It was very helpful for myself, but also made my teenager Diana more aware of her surroundings, which is what I had hoped for. Thank You for pointing out the "date rape" drug; and the numerous ways to break out of the common holds. I appreciate your directness & seriousness about the various subjects that teens tend to "laugh" about when their parents try to explain it to them. It helps coming from another adult / parent who has actually seen these things really take place.
I would like to continue taking classes with Diana. I'll give her time to spread the news to her friends; we know that they "talk"; maybe they may want to try it themselves! I also have a soon-to-be-13 yr old daughter who will also need to learn these skills. I will keep your website marked for future dates.
I will be sure to drop your name to groups of friends or others who may be looking for self-defense for themselves. Thanks again, not only for the techniques, but for the manner that you present them. You know the information that we want & need, and how to deliver it! It was great!
- Gaylene - , NY
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