Self Defense Against Bullies
What is the objective of learning Self Defence for Students at Schools?
It’s the ability to protect oneself from bullies by imparting them simple, functional and realistic life skills within a short period of time. These skills include but not limited to not only dealing with unarmed aggressors but also armed attackers and multiple attackers scenarios. Armed attackers from the students’ perspective may not necessarily involve cold steel weapons but equipment such as sharpened pencils, pen knives, a short wooden pole or even a swinging bag etc.
Singapore Wing Chun Academy is committed to train school students to be able defend themselves against bullies in and out of schools before help arrives.
Students are taught defense against:
Learning Self Defense is NOT just about fighting. It’s about Crisis Management. It’s also about Emotional Control and the Right Mindset. The primary Objective is to be able to end a conflict without physical engagement.
Apart from teaching students physical technical skills, students will be taught how to handle aggressors during Pre-fight stage. This is a critical stage whereby if a student can project oneself and handle his aggressors correctly, physical conflicts can be largely avoided. In the meantime, students, without knowing the success of the outcome, need to be psychologically prepared for the worst by scanning the environment for escape routes, obstacles or even any equipment available for use when needed etc….
However, in the event the aggressor refused to resolve the matter amicably and the situations escalated to a point whereby the student has to make a judgement to no choice but be prepared for the worst, students will then be taught when, how and how much to react physically in order to minimise damage to oneself and the aggressor to NOT win the fight BUT to enable him to quickly get out of the ground zero.
This Pre-Fight education has ALWAYS BEEN LACKING in any martial arts class which only focus on techniques and methods. This is also largely due to the fact that many martial arts classes and instructors taught sparring the tournament way which is very different from street confrontation scenarios.
Tournament fights in a very controlled, safe, conducive one-to-one ring or arena where many safety measures, rules and protective gears are in place. The way to win in a tournament is about strength, stamina, pain endurance, strategies and point scoring. The athletes are dealing with opponents fighting in a very systematic predictable "martial arts way" in the same weight category. Their objective is to WIN !
However, in day to day street conflicts and confrontation, the victim of a bully may face more than one opponent, usually a group of bullies of body sizes NOT necessarily compatible with the victim himself, worse if it's of a different gender.
The way martial arts sparring has been taught in general has always created the impression on parents and teachers that learning martial arts turn his child aggressive and violent. This is WRONG! It’s only when one can handle a crisis amicably with self-confidence and that his aggressors can sense his abilities that fights and bullies scenarios can be avoided or at least suffer minimum injuries.
The Ability to Handle and Manage Opponent’s Strength
In almost all martial arts schools, instructors focused on teaching students fighting techniques. However, all these techniques and methods are based on pure architecture designs based on perfect assumptions that one is able to handle his opponent’s strength. However, this was never true in the real world.
Who are the bullies? What are the characteristics of a bully?
They are usually of a larger body built, more “superior” in strength or come in as a group to intimidate the victim. How then can one who of a smaller stature and strength be able to handle such big boys even if he has acquired some self defense techniques?
A considerable portion of the lesson will be teaching students how to manage opponent’s strength by employing what I labelled as “technologies” such as the use of “gears”, frictional drag, methods on how not to resists opponent’s strength yet still able to continue execute his defense.
What are bullies common physical acts?
Students will be taught the simple yet effective methods of releasing oneself from the above scenarios the Wing Chun Way focusing of Strength Management and NOT pure non-functional martial arts architecture assumptions.
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