December 12, 2014, Toronto, Canada - In this SAFE International Self Defense Blog I would like to offer a video and ask you, "Does Your Self Defense Training Look Like This?" I recently had a new promotional video produced based on some of the raw video footage I have accumulated from our self defense scenario training with SAFE International. It got me to thinking about what effective self defense scenario training should look like, along with how to prepare your scenario training, and how you should break it down after to maximize the learning experience. First check out our new SAFE International Promo Video titled, "Does Your Self Defense Training Look Like This?"
How a drill is determined often depends on who you are training with. If I am training with a group of friends who are already experienced in self defense training, the scenario training might start at a more intense and variable laden level than it would if I have a brand new client to self defense. I will give you an example. I had a private client who was pretty certain that if someone knocked on her door, that if she opened it slightly and they tried to force their way in, that she could shut it quickly enough to avoid being attacked. Well guess what I said to her? Lets do it as a scenario. You might offer a scenario based on a person's daily routine, or based on some assumption of how they would react in another, or based on one of their fears. Scenario training can be simple or quite complex based on the variables that may exist or pop up in any scenario. Back to the door scenario. So I knocked on the door and asked if I might speak to her. Now, she opened the door slowly, and just slightly, at which point I pushed all my weight in on the door sending her back hard into the closet behind the door. Now remember, she knew I was going to try and force my way in, and she still found it shocking. What is the value of that? Well, she no longer wonders what it might feel like to be driven backwards, but she has experienced a certain level of emotion in feeling the potential danger she would be in along with the verbal assault when trapped in her apartment. This is a very simple example of a scenario which could be expanded on by continuing an attack once in the apartment. This is where the Spartan Training Gear we wear is very effective because it allows those doing the training to experience the physical part of the fight. You might gear up both people to expand the drill. There are a limitless number of ways to change the drills giving the client or people training the best experience.
If you go to the SAFE International YouTube Channel you will see many different videos showing drills simulating riding on an elevator, or in a car doing some knife training. When we did the knife training video in the vehicle, again, the variables are much different, creating some limitations as well with such close quarters. Training should not just be done in a wide open space imagining a scenario. Do this training in the actual environment to get the full benefit. I also recommend videotaping the training since that video can be a very valuable tool in evaluating areas one can improve their training. Not only can the students improve through this training, but the role players can also evaluate themselves because the scenario is only as good as the role players. If the scenarios lack emotion, physicality, realistic verbage, and realism, then you are not giving a true representation of what one might expect. While you can't completely replicate a real violent scenario, you can get as close as possible. And quite frankly, scenario training can make your self defense training a lot more fun and creative.
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