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Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?

By Liss84 - 15 April 2015 8

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I am interested in doing some self defence classes. Mainly just to feel confident to be able to get myself out of a bad situation if I ever needed to.

Does anyone have any feedback on Krav maga in Canberra? Places you would recommend? Good instructors?

I am also open to other types of self defence for women however, I don’t want to start a marital art. I am looking for something specifically designed to train women to protect themselves and get away.

Thanks.

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Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?
zllauh 4:49 pm 27 Apr 15

i have seen a friend of mine learning the basic from youtube.
it was her determination and she used to practice like a monk !

Evilomlap 12:22 pm 17 Apr 15

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

If you want actual and effective self defence you will need to spend some time learning a martial art. I’ve done several different ones, and would suggest that the instructor and attitude of the club is more important than the actual style.

Sure, there are some basics that can be learnt easily, but these aren’t always useful in a real world situation where you can be under considerable physical and mental stress.

Absolutely agree with this. A good instructor is so important. And if you are not willing to invest the time in learning a martial art or discipline of some kind, don’t even bother.

And there is a huge difference between learning a few techniques and actually using them I am a boxer, so I learned all the techniques first, punching drills, footwork, etc. It wasn’t until I got into the ring and actually experienced what it’s like to get hit that I realised I knew nothing. Nothing will teach you how to deflect a punch except someone actually throwing one at you.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:03 am 17 Apr 15

If you want actual and effective self defence you will need to spend some time learning a martial art. I’ve done several different ones, and would suggest that the instructor and attitude of the club is more important than the actual style.

Sure, there are some basics that can be learnt easily, but these aren’t always useful in a real world situation where you can be under considerable physical and mental stress.

Lazy I 10:50 pm 16 Apr 15

In regards to Krav Maga, I strongly suggest contacting Dave Sargent from Krav Maga Canberra (http://www.kravmagacanberra.com.au), he has been running Krav Maga in Canberra since 2006.

Krav Maga Canberra often run introduction and Women’s self defence courses that are excellent for beginners (my wife, sister and sister in law have all attended).

I have trained (KMG) Krav Maga under five or six different instructors and can honestly say that I have learned and retained the most from Dave’s style of teaching which is very methodical, relevant and immediately practical.

For the intro and starting out in regular classes I think it helps to train with someone you’re comfortable with (ie. drag along a friend / partner).

Full disclosure: I have posted here in the past to promote Krav Maga Canberra courses (including women’s self defence), but I am in no way affiliated with them.

Silveras 9:49 pm 16 Apr 15

Grandmaster Neal Hardy from Firedragon Australia teaches womens self defence classes. The techniques are effective and can be brutal. Details to contact him can be found at firedragon australia website.

pink little birdie 12:27 pm 16 Apr 15

I attend Peter Mortons Academy (Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Karate)
Though it’s a martial art school their focus is self defence, it does cross into other types of self defence such as Red zone (knife) and other fighting arts like boxing (higher levels). They aim for the non-enagement form. IE hand the wallet over and run.
It’s fairly fun and has branches in most of Canberra.

shena 10:28 pm 15 Apr 15

hi Lisa,
Whilst I may not have decades of personal experience of, I have had decades of hearing the accolades of Krav Maga. I am also interested in hearing the experience of any locals aka ‘the hivemind’ regarding the topic, and any personal experiences.
If you can hunt down any qualified local trainers, I may just join you 😉
Northside lassie.

Mike Crowther 3:48 pm 15 Apr 15

Liss. I spent over twenty years working in the NSW prison system. Believe me when I say, I understand the motive, and the methods of violent men (including sexual predators). Having studied Martial arts under Tom Slavin (one of this countries best) I also have a good knowledge of the martial arts. During the mid 1990’s, I taught ‘Women’s Self Defence’ classes at night school in Sydney. I will pass on the advice I gave all of my paying students on their first night. ‘Self Defence’ classes are not a magic bullet. People will take your money and tell you that after learning their miracle/fool-proof/unbeatable techniques you will be bulletproof. And that is a lie. Having done such a course, you will enjoy some advantages not possessed by women who have not done a course, but that is all. There is no substitute, for regular training and instruction in a Martial Arts school. I know that isn’t what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Because believe it or not, predators also train. Its not about knowing how to X, you need to train your mind to make X work under pressure. I realise that women tend to learn better among their peers, but if you’re attacked, its going to be by a large, hairy individual with foul breath and a vicious temperament, so at some point, you will need to learn to deal with that. This will not occur in a women’s only gym. My personal recommendation (for you) is Wing Chun (developed by Buddhist nuns) quick to ‘learn’ and particularly suited to women’s bodies. But try a few and see what suits you. If they want you to sign up before a first lesson, walk away. I really do wish you luck.

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