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What is self defence?

Self-Defence is a survival skill.
We acknowledge the importance of other survival skills, order safety, water safety, first-aid, and the fire drills. We insure our home, our car and ourselves.
 Self-defence training is an insurance that is mostly ignored, often overlooked, but it very well may insure our personal safety and that of our families. Increasing crime rates has escalated the demand for self-defence classes. In today’s society confrontations can arise at any time. There are road rage incidents, disputes over parking spaces and workplace aggression ever present in our daily lives.
Unfortunately, there is no place where the possibility of violent attack can be discounted, at home, in your car, or on the street we have to be aware and prepared.
Self-defence training is like putting on a seat belt in a car, it is a safeguard, a precaution, but it won't prevent an accident. The ultimate success in self defence is when nothing happens. Where a potential confrontation is avoided, defused or escaped.
Self-defence training does not guarantee the avoidance of aggressive situations or your survival in a high level violent assault but the learning of effective techniques and strategies surely must influence the balance of the conflict and help ensure our survival. Self-defence increases your chances of stopping an attack. It reduces your vulnerability to attack and is an excellent investment in your future safety.

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Why are physical defensive skills so important?

Many self-defence training courses are lecture-based with no hands-on realistic scenario training. While it is true that priority should certainly be given to training in areas such as awareness, avoidance procedures, body-language, and verbal defensive tactics, the main problem is that the confidence to use these non-physical passive resistance techniques is not normally present without the back-up of combat effective physical defensive skills.

Having good physical defensive skills as a backup allows our confidence to project when using passive resistance skills such as diffusing body language and verbal defence tactics.

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Instinctive responses to attack.

Automatic responses to assault are usually the wrong ones. These responses include flight/ fight/ flinch and freeze. They can range from over-reaction to freezing up and in many instances are not the correct responses to the situation you face.

We have an in-built blow avoidance response that is with us from when we are babies. This instinctive response can be seen in young babies as they block, duck and weave to ward off unwanted contact when unhappy about having their face washed. Another noticeable response is what is called “fist reflex”, where their tiny hands ball up into fists if they are upset or angry.

 It's a natural instinct to put our hands in the way of threat.  Defensive wounds occur when we instinctively place our hands over our head to ward off a weapons downward strike or instinctively put our hands out to block an incoming knife.

Self-defence training helps ingrain correct responses to threatening situations in our muscle memory so that our moves are reflexive and automatic.

Self-defence training is mentally and physically rehearsing correct responses to attack situations. Practiced tactical pathways of defence can improve the chances of defending an attack. A practiced response is much better than blind panic or frozen inaction. We should have self defence pathways mapped out in our mind long before any confrontation develops.

Predators rely on the fact that most people do not know what to do when faced with an aggressive and potentially dangerous situation. When faced with confrontation and aggression our mind automatically looks to reference a similar situation we have previously experienced. As the majority of us are non-violent people who have none or very little personal experience in dealing with aggressive situations our memory files in this area is severely lacking or non-existent. Without this previous experience our best reference is what we learn and practice in self defence training. Our mind can store these trained pathways of defence to be recalled if needed, thus allowing us to react to a situation with the correct response. We hope never to encounter such a situation. However, preparing a safety package, just in case, makes a lot of sense.

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Why Training Works.

Our present and future behaviour is based upon past experiences.
Basically we tend to learn through three levels:
*Visual (what we see) 
*Auditory (what we hear)
* Kinaesthetic (touch)

When we participate in scenario training we are actually stimulating these three levels of learning.

Scenario training creates artificial memories that have the same feel as previous memories and can be recalled in exactly the same manner.
With practice scenario training can lay down new positive tracks over negative memories.

Ask yourself

Would your response to a violent confrontation be based on sound defensive tactics or would they be reactions improvise from panic, fear or frozen inaction. Would it be worth a few hours of your time to enhance your self-esteem and self reliance? To reduce your vulnerability to attack. Our mindset should not be to view ourselves as a potential victim, but instead someone who is able to act positively in a confrontation. Are you ready?

Self defence training is not martial arts training.

Self-defence is a very different concept than martial arts training which is normally regarded as the pursuit of the young, fit and flexible. Self-defence training is designed to suit students of all ages, fitness levels and lifestyles. Martial arts require a high investment in training. Self-defence does not. Martial-arts techniques are many and are often complicated, often relying on fine or complex motor skills, which can deteriorate under stress. Self-defence techniques are based on gross motor skill responses, which are adrenalin enhanced. Techniques that are complicated are hard to implement in a crisis situation when adrenalin levels are high.  Self-defence does not require the diverse arsenal of techniques that are available to the martial arts practitioner, instead it utilises a limited number of effective techniques that can be used in diverse situations.
The combat strategies and effective techniques of Tohkon Ryu Self defence Training Systems offer the student a defensive package to suit the many varied confrontations he/ she may encounter. Training must be balanced to cover all levels of confrontation and be street applicable. Attacks happen when we least expect them, when we are most vulnerable. This is why Tohkon Ryu self defence training emphasises the use of techniques from negative positions such as being pushed or pinned against a wall/against a car or attacked while seated, in a stairwell or on the ground. Many attacks happen on uneven ground, in lowlight areas and in areas heavily congested with objects and people.  In many martial arts we see defences only practised against an aggressor who is attacking from a front on position. Training halls offer even ground that affords good balance, good lighting that enhances visual reflex skills and plenty of space does not hinder movement.