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ABC WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL™

Instructor Curriculum and Training Manual

Requirements and Guidelines for a Complete Curriculum for the


ABC Women’s Self-Defense and Empowerment Program

ABC WOMENS SELF DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL™


1237 Central Avenue / Suite 210 / Albany, NY 12205
(518) 755-3475 / johnborter@gmail.com
www.abcwomensselfdefense.com
WELCOME!
I’d like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU and welcome you to ABC
WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL™!

Your decision to join ABC and teach our fun, exciting, and critically acclaimed
program means that you truly want to make a difference in the lives of countless
people throughout the world, and I respect and salute you for your decision.

Our goal is to align with and develop a mutually supportive relationship with a
network of quality instructors that can help ABC grow, expand, and become a
worldwide phenomenon. We have achieved an amazing level of success, but it’s
time to take our important and valuable message to the rest of the world, and for
this we need YOUR help!

Being part of ABC will give you a tried and proven women’s self-defense program
to use in your school or organization, improve your reputation and standing in your
community, help you grow as an instructor and a business, but most importantly,
help you MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the lives of so many people.

Teaching ABC will help women of all ages learn the skills necessary to recognize,
avoid, and respond to a violent physical encounter or sexual assault, develop self-
confidence, self-esteem, and courage, helps them improve their ability to better
handle situations in their everyday lives.

Again, I just want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME to ABC WOMEN’S SELF-
DEFENSE INTERNATIONAL™. I am glad to have you as part of the ABC Team!

Respectfully,

John Borter
Director/Head Instructor
ABC Women’s Self-Defense International™

Updated 08/16
About the Program

ABC Women's Self-Defense™ is a fun, exciting, and critically acclaimed women's


personal safety and empowerment program. ABC teaches self-defense and
effective strategies to recognize, avoid, and respond to unwanted encounters or physical
violence perpetrated by strangers and/or people you know. Classes are taught by trained,
qualified instructors, in a positive and supportive environment.

ABC works to prevent violence and abuse by giving people the essential tools they need to
protect themselves and their loved ones, promote healthy relationships, and
facilitate respect in their communities and society. ABC classes are designed to teach self-
protection strategies that are effective regardless of size, age, or fitness level.

ABC Women's Self-Defense is the culmination of more than 30 years of training, research,
and development and is the premier women's self-defense and empowerment program in
the Capital District. We have taught thousands of women the skills and attitudes they need
to stay safe!

What We Teach
The A-B-C in ABC Women's Self-Defense™ focuses on three basic, but critical, principles of
self-protection...

AWARENESS BOUNDARIES CONTACT


How to RECOGNIZE How to AVOID a How to RESPOND to
a dangerous situation! dangerous situation! a dangerous situation!
Understanding the risks, being Defining the safety zone, Easy-to-learn techniques and
aware of themselves and their establishing and maintaining easy-to-remember strategies to
surroundings, and reducing boundaries, and how and defend, fight back, and buy
the chances of being a victim! when to say NO! time to get away and BE SAFE!

Physical self-defense is taught as a last resort. First, students learn the awareness
necessary to identify and avoid a potentially dangerous encounter. Next, they learn the
verbal skills to de-escalate conflict, and respond effectively to harassment, intimidation, and
threats, and stop the fight before it starts. Then, and only then, do we teach the physical
self-defense skills necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Real Self-Defense!
ABC classes are hands-on. Students learn by doing. Instructors are trained at recreating
common assault scenarios. The techniques are practical, effective, and simple. Our classes
simulate scenarios of threat, intimidation, and violence and teach effective responses and
techniques to deal with these situations.

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Martial Arts or Self- Defense?

ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ is NOT a martial arts program. It is a SELF-DEFENSE class.

While many people look to the martial arts for the purpose of obtaining skills to protect
themselves, there IS a difference between martial arts (in their technical aspect) and self-
defense.

Most martial arts have become more oriented towards competitive sports, health and
exercise or activities for our children. One typically learns specific techniques, fixed
movements and set patterns that generally crystallized into a way of doing things. This
approach is not without merit, and we are not stating that these martial arts have NO self-
defense value. They can in fact be functional and effective, but to effectively develop the
skills and ability to utilize many martial arts techniques within self-defense applications, it
may take years, and even decades.

Typically, the women that are interested in training in self-defense are NOT interested in
investing years of time and effort; they are looking for a quick, easy, and effective method
of self-protection.

While this “abbreviated” method of teaching is inherent with its own set of challenges and
risks, we must remember that we are NOT trying to turn these women into a bunch of
“unbeatable fighting machines!” We are simply trying to give them some simple, effective,
and common sense strategies and tactics to recognize, avoid, and worst case scenario,
RESPOND to an unwanted or violent physical assault.

While most of our ABC team has vast martial arts experience, we need to stress that there
are no traditional “martial arts” techniques in the ABC program. That is one of the biggest
challenges that face martial artists who choose to teach the ABC Women’s Self-Defense™
program to deal with---to be able to separate themselves from years of dedicated training
and focus on a different perspective entirely.

Remember, A-B-C stands for the three simple, basic, but critical concepts within the
program--Awareness, Boundaries, and Contact; and the CONTACT comes last for a reason!

If we can teach Awareness (understanding how to recognize and avoid dangerous


situations, the statistics and “odds” of becoming a victim), Boundaries (how to define,
create, and maintain a “safety zone” to reduce the chances of becoming a victim), then with
this knowledge, training, and practice, they may never have to use Contact (simple,
effective, and safe physical techniques to evade and escape a dangerous situation).

So, all that said, if you can keep an open mind, and are open to new possibilities…LET’S
MOVE FORWARD!

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The Goals of the Class

Before each class begins, tell the women who have come to attend that we only have three
simple goals for the training. These goals are:

Be Safe
Training in self-defense, and any sports related or physical activity comes with its inherent
risks. That said, NOTHING is more important than the safety of the participants. We advise
them to use caution when training and practicing the techniques, work in cooperation with
their training partners, and be careful not to hurt themselves and/or others.

That SAID, we also stress that each participant is expected to participate in each and every
exercise, drill, and technique to the very best of their mental, psychological, and physical
ability! No shortcuts, no holding back, and no unnecessary breaks! They will be expected to
break through hesitation, socialization, and even exhaustion in this training (The only
exception to the rule will be a physical injury or limitation of some sort that prevents them
from participating at 100%)!

Learn Something
The second most important thing is to LEARN SOMETHING! Whether that may be mental,
psychological, or physical, our goal is that each and every person that attend the training
walk out of the class with SOMETHING new in their toolbox that will help them, or allow
them to help others, to stay safe! If they walk out of this class with even ONE new piece of
valuable information or functional skill, then we have done our job!

Have Fun!
Just as important as the first and second goal, the third goal is as much, if not more,
valuable. They need to have FUN! While self-defense, sexual assault, and some of the
subject matter we will be discussing during the class is “dark” and somewhat
uncomfortable, statistics have shown that people learn best when it is an enjoyable
experience---when they have FUN!

We do NOT take the “hard-core” view of antagonizing, threatening, or creating an


environment of fear and paranoia in our class attendees. There is a HUGE difference in
being “paranoid” and being “prepared”. Our goal is to give them the tools and information
to help them be “prepared”- to be able to recognize, avoid, and respond to an unwanted
and potentially violent physical or sexual encounter. It is NOT our intention to make them
afraid to leave the safety of their own homes. ABC is a program of EMPOWERMENT---not
fear.

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cannot be copied or used for any other purpose without written approval from the authorized representative of ABC WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE
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The Right Attitude

The right mental and philosophical state is one of the most important parts of self-defense
training. It is the basis of development within the training and is the cornerstone for all
emotional, psychological, and physical skills that come from it. Without the proper attitude,
nothing will be achieved. With the right attitude, everything may be possible. It is our
responsibility to call out and educate the women in the class on some simple, but very basic
“attitude adjustments”.

Socialization (Awareness)
One of the primary attitude adjustments that run throughout the ABC Women’s Self-
Defense™ program is that of socialization. In modern times, people, especially women,
have been socialized to be accepting, passive, accommodating---to be NICE! This is the
first initial challenge we face as instructor and one of the first subjects we discuss in the
training. As you look at and start reviewing the lesson plan, a number of references to this
socialization, how it works against women (especially in a self-defense scenario), some tips
and stories for bringing this to their attention and how to make the reference applicable and
practical.

Assertiveness (Boundaries)
Once the attendees realize that they don’t HAVE to be nice, we have developed a set of
drills within the Boundaries section of the training that teaches them HOW not to be nice.
While we can’t change years, decades, and generations of conditioning in one class, these
drills and exercises will at least lay the foundation for the understanding that they do not
always HAVE to be nice (and give them some simple drills on how NOT to be nice). We
have a saying in ABC Women’s Self-Defense™---“You have our permission to be BITCH!”
This tends to make a great point! But we’ve even altered it slightly to say “You have YOUR
permission to be a bitch! You don’t NEED our, or anyone’s permission!”

Aggression (“Flipping the Switch!”)


Aggression comes into play in the Contact portion of the class. Through continued
motivation, constant physical activity, and verbal expression, the participants start to
develop a much more aggressive mindset and approach to the drills and exercises they will
be expected to participate in. The striking and kicking drills during the physical techniques
are directed by the instructor staff giving enthusiastic support and loud motivational
direction, the physical techniques are fast and hard and supported by the attendees loud
and aggressive verbal responses of “NO!” or “GET AWAY FROM ME!”, running between
drills, and the “final exam”, in which the attendees defending themselves against the
instructor in the tactical suit is driven and motivated by the yelling, direction, and support
from the attendees on the side-lines. All this helps to facilitate and create a much more
aggressive environment (for many for the very first time in their lives).

As you continue your training and teaching, it is important to remember that these traits are
not optional, they are requirements in order to ensure that the participants have the mental
framework and emotional ability to break through their socialization, assertively define their
boundaries, and aggressively “flip the switch” when it comes time to “fight”!
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The Keys to Success

ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ has had a great level of success. Yet, success can be defined
differently. We are not a multi-million dollar corporation; we are not a worldwide
phenomenon; we are not the hottest new trend. What we ARE is a fun, popular, and
critically acclaimed women’s self-defense and empowerment program that gives women the
tools they need to learn how to recognize, avoid, and respond to a dangerous, physical, or
unwanted sexual assault. The attendees leave our class feeling confident, powerful, and
having the ability to take action! And by those standards, we are a GREAT success.

There are 3 simple keys to the success of ABC:


It’s Simple
The strategies, tactics, and physical techniques are SIMPLE. There is nothing complicated or
difficult in what we teach. They are easy to remember, and even more importantly, easy to
relate to. We need to always remember that we are teaching things at a very fundamental
level, to person with virtually NO training whatsoever, and to those who do not WANT to
invest years of training in hard work to master a martial art or a fighting system. People
that attend an ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ class are looking for some tips, tricks, and
quick ways to be safe and stay safe. And to do that, things need to be kept SIMPLE.
It’s Practical
The strategies, tactics, and techniques we teach are PRACTICAL. The principles we teach
and the references we use are simple, functional, and easy for the attendees to relate to.
Many of the attendees can relate to, or may have even been involved in, the very same
types of scenarios we use to teach the program. This is an important point! The training not
only needs to mirror realistic situations, but real-life situations the attendees can relate to.
This is one of the things that make ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ so impactful!

IT WORKS!
Simple, practical, relatable; all very important piece of the self-protection model, but most
importantly---IT WORKS! The strategies, tactics, and physical techniques we teach have
been studied, researched, and chosen to make sure they are simple, functional, and
effective! And at the end of the class, that’s really all that matters.

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The Basics

What to Wear
ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ is a balanced combination of discussion, exercises and
physical activity. That said, attendees should expect to get both some mental and physical
exercise.

Attendees should wear loose, comfortable clothing (sweats, workout clothes, jeans, etc.)
and clean comfortable shoes such as sneakers or workout shoes (no heels or boots!)
Sneakers should be clean and free of soil or gravel as attendees will typically be
participating in the class while on a padded matting for safety. We want to make every
effort not to damage the matting and other training equipment, as well as to insure the
safety and well-being of all attendees.

What to Bring
There may be water fountains or bottled water available, but just in case there is limited
availability, attendees should bring a water bottle filled with water or a sports drink of their
choice. It will be very important to remain hydrated throughout the entire class, especially
during the CONTACT portions.

Attendees should also consider bringing a small towel, a notebook, and a pen to jot down
important thoughts that might come to mind in the process of the training. There will be a
lot of information being exchanged and this would be a great way to help retain it for future
reference or study.

What to Expect
As stated, ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ is a balanced combination of discussion, exercises
and physical activity. That said, attendees should expect to get both some mental and
physical exercise.

Attendees should also expect to actively participate in discussions about facts, figures,
statistics, and real-life scenarios related to violence and sexual assault, share personal
stories, and ask as many questions as they like.

And they should expect to get physical! Nothing extreme, nothing impossible, but in a real-
life self-defense situation, some mental and physical toughness will be required, so we will
try to mirror that stress-related, mentally and physically challenging situation in a safe,
controlled environment.

And most of all---expect to HAVE FUN!

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The Director

John Borter is the Director and Head Instructor of ABC Women's Self-Defense
International™ and the owner of the Modern Self-Defense Academy.

Mr. Borter started the ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ Program in 2011, in response to a
need for a simple, practical and effective women’s self-defense program in his area, Since
then, he and ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ team, have taught thousands of women the
skills needed to recognize, avoid, and respond to a potentially dangerous and violent
encounter.

With more than 25 years in the martial arts and self-defense, he


has extensive experience in many systems and has trained with
some of the greatest martial arts and self-defense experts in the
world.

Mr. Borter holds a 6th Degree Blackbelt and the title of Professor,
or “teacher of teachers.” He holds black belt ranks in a number of
martial arts including Modern Jujitsu, Small Circle Jujitsu, Tae
Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Kyusho-Jitsu, as well as Instructor
Certifications in Military Combatives, Police Defensive Tactics,
and Civilian Self-Defense. He is a certified Level 1 Instructor in
KAPAP Krav Maga, a Full Instructor in the Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
Grappling Association, holds certifications in Filipino and Chinese
Locking and Kali / Kun Tao, and is a Study Group Leader for SAMI
Combat Systems International. In 1997, he was inducted into the
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame for “Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts”.

He also teaches civilians, martial artists, law enforcement, and security personnel his
personal martial arts/self-defense system, Modern Self-Defense Concepts. Mr. Borter has
been a featured self-defense expert on WAMC radio, WTEN News 10, and LookTV, as well
as numerous other TV, magazine, and newspaper stories and articles. He is a widely
respected and highly sought self-defense instructor.

Mr. Borter has been associated with a number of national and international martial arts
organizations, and still holds many of these affiliations today. He is widely sought for his
unique programs and approach by civilians, law enforcement, and martial artists worldwide.

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Contact and Personal Information (one form for each participant). Please print legibly.
Name: Date:
Address: Age (Must be 14 or older):
Occupation: Phone: ( )
Email: Would you like to receive updates and information on
future courses? ____ YES ____NO
Course Level: ____ Level 1 (Basic) ____ Level 2 (Intermediate) ____ Level 3 (Advanced)
Have you ever been the victim of a violent assault?: ____ YES ____ NO
If YES, please describe (optional):

Agreement and Waiver

I do hereby voluntarily submit my application for participation in the ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ program and, upon acceptance,
agree to obey all rules, regulations, and requirement set forth within the course and by the instructors and staff.

I clearly recognize that there is a risk involved in these activities and/or programs, and I do hereby assume full responsibility for any
and all damages, injuries, or losses that I may sustain related to said activities and/or programs. I do hereby, for myself, my heirs,
executors, administrators, parents and guardians, assign, release, acquit and forever discharge ABC Women’s Self-Defense™, the
organization, instructors, assistants, members, participants, volunteers, agents, representatives, officers, directors, and hosts of these
and/or any other affiliated activities and/or programs, from any and all liability, actions, claims, demands, or suits whatsoever, which I
may now or hereafter have or claim to have, on account of any injury sustained and suffered in connection with traveling to and from,
my participation in, or the practice of any techniques applied or associated with these activities and/or programs.

Additionally (if applicable), as the parent and/or guardian of the applicant, I hereby request that this application be accepted, and for
consideration thereof, agree to indemnify all members of ABC Women’s Self-Defense International™, the organization, instructors,
assistants, members, participants, volunteers, agents, representatives, officers, directors, and hosts of these or any other affiliated
activities and/or programs from all claims made on behalf of the applicant, for the aforesaid consideration.

I clearly understand these activities involve bodily contact, physical exertion, and exercise; I am fully aware of my personal medical
condition, and hereby certify that I am mentally and physically fit and able to participate in this activity.

I consent that any pictures and/or video taken of me in connection with these activities and/or programs can be used for publicity and
promotion and I waive any compensation or claim to ownership in regards thereto. I hereby accept that my participation in these
activities and/or programs is contingent upon my good conduct and that, should the proprietors of these activities and/or programs
determine my actions, behavior and/or attitude inappropriate in any way, my right to participate in these activities will be revoked and
I shall sacrifice all fees paid.

__________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________
Signature Signature of Parent/Guardian if Under 18

COURSE INFORMATION
Please sign and submit this form with the required payment. For questions, additional information, or to register,
please email [EMAIL ADDRESS] or call [PHONE NUMBER].

Date: [ENETER DATE]


Time: [ENTER TIME]
Location: [ENTER LOCATION]
Cost: [ENTER COST]

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ABC Women’s Self-Defense International™
Level 1- Course Outline (Units)
Unit Training Topic
General The course will cover the foundational elements of basic and functional self-
Overview protection including (A) AWARENESS, (B) BOUNDARIES, and (C) CONTACT.
Course will consist of a combination of informational lecture, real-life scenarios,
and practical physical self-defense techniques.

Attendees This course is open to (NAME OF SCHOOL, GROUP, OR ORGANIZATION)

Prerequisites NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. All attendees will be expected to participate


(if applicable) in all hands-on exercises and drills. All attendees will be expected to
participate in the final training evaluation scenario. All attendees will be
required to read and sign the required liability waiver.

Training The training MUST take place in a safe, matted environment with adequate
Environment controls in place, space for all drills and exercises, and enough room to ensure the
safety of all participants. SAFETY IS THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION!

Training Start/End Dates: [TBD]


Delivery Class Start/End Time: [TBD]
Details Total Course Delivery Time: 3 hours
Location: [TBD]
Minimum No. of Attendees: 10
Cost: $[XX] per attendee
Additional Travel Cost: [TBD]

Contact For questions or additional information about this course, please contact:
Name: John Borter
Director
ABC Women’s Self-Defense International™
Phone: (518) 755-3475
Email: jbjujitsu@aol.com
Website: www.abcwomensselfdefense.com

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INTERNATIONAL™ and protected by and subject to copyright law worldwide. Unauthorized use of this material is strictly prohibited. This
information cannot be copied or used for any other purpose without written approval from the authorized representative of ABC WOMEN’S
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Unit Training Topic
Unit 1 This section will consist of information regarding:
INTRODUCTION  Instructor introductions
 History of ABC Women’s Self-Defense
 What to expect in the class
 The Goals of the class
 Safety Precautions

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Unit 2 This section will consist of information regarding:


AWARENESS  Statistical info regarding assaults and violent encounters
 High School and College risks
 What an attacker looks for in a victim
 What an attacker does NOT want in a victim
 Real life examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion and exercises including


Safety Zone, body posture, and eye contact
Total Delivery Time: 30 min

Unit 3 This section will consist of information regarding:


BOUNDARIES  Defining and maintaining your Safety Zone
 Proper defensive stance (the STOP stance)
 Visual definition
 Verbal de-escalation
 Visceral escalation
 Real life examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion and exercises including


distance drill, maintaining your Safety Zone, and the 3 level of escalation
Total Delivery Time: 30 min

Unit 4 This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Defense against grabs
 Defense against chokes
 Striking
 Kicking
 Defense on the ground

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise


Total Delivery Time: 1 hr.

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Unit Training Topic
Unit 5 This section will consist of information regarding:
FINAL  Effective use of techniques
EVALUATION  Fight til he drops
 Come out fighting!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, participant


driven, reality based scenario against the instructor in tactical gears
Total Delivery Time: 15 min

Unit 6 This section will consist of information regarding:


CLOSING  Final comments
 Trigger conversation
 Questions and Answers

Unit Performance Exercise: N’A


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

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ABC Women’s Self-Defense™ Program
Level 1- Course Outline (Modules)
Unit Training Topic
General The course will cover the foundational elements of basic and functional self-
Overview protection including (A) AWARENESS, (B) BOUNDARIES, and (C) CONTACT.
Course will consist of a combination of informational lecture, real-life scenarios,
and practical physical self-defense techniques.

Attendees This course is open to (NAME OF SCHOOL, GROUP, OR ORGANIZATION)

Prerequisites NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. All attendees will be expected to participate


(if applicable) in all hands-on exercises and drills. All attendees will be expected to
participate in the final training evaluation scenario. All attendees will be
required to read and sign the required liability waiver.

Training The training MUST take place in a safe, matted environment with adequate
Environment controls in place, space for all drills and exercises, and enough room to ensure the
safety of all participants. SAFETY IS THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATION!

Training Start/End Dates: [TBD]


Delivery Class Start/End Time: [TBD]
Details Total Course Delivery Time: 3 hours (approximate)
Location: [TBD]
Minimum No. of Attendees: 10
Cost: $[XX] per attendee
Additional Travel Cost: [TBD]

Contact For questions or additional information about this course, please contact:
Name: John Borter
Director
ABC Women’s Self-Defense International™
Phone: (518) 755-3475
Email: jbjujitsu@aol.com
Website: www.abcwomensselfdefense.com

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Unit Training Topic
Module 1 This section will consist of information regarding:
INTRODUCTION  Instructor introductions
 History of ABC Women’s Self-Defense
 Martial Arts vs. Self-Defense
 What to expect in the class
 The Goals of the class
 Safety Precautions

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 2a This section will consist of information regarding:


AWARENESS  General info
Statistics  Statistical info regarding assaults and violent encounters
 The Dangerous Mindset

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 2b This section will consist of information regarding:


AWARENESS  The risks of the High School and College environments
High School  College statistical info regarding assaults and violent encounters
and College  What is “affirmative consent?”

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 2c This section will consist of information regarding:


AWARENESS  The 3 things an attacker looks for in a victim
What Does An  The dangers of smart phones, iPods, era buds, etc.
Attacker Look  Real Life Examples
For?
Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 2d This section will consist of information regarding:


AWARENESS  The 3 things an attacker does NOT want!
Eye Contact  Reducing the risk
 Real Life Examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

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Unit Training Topic
Module 3a This section will consist of information regarding:
BOUNDARIES  How close is TOO close?
Defining Your  Situational awareness
Safety Zone  Real Life Examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 3b This section will consist of information regarding:


BOUNDARIES  The STOP STANCE!
Maintaining  Visual De-escalation
Your Safety  Taking psychological control
Zone (Visual)
Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 3c This section will consist of information regarding:


BOUNDARIES  Verbal escalation
Maintaining  Verbal distraction
Your Safety  Verbal command
Zone (Verbal)
Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 3d This section will consist of information regarding:


BOUNDARIES  Verbal escalation
Maintaining  Aggression
Your Safety  Emotional response
Zone (Visceral)
Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, exercise
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4a This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  The last resort
Introduction to  Training escalation
Contact  The goal of CONTACT

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

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Unit Training Topic
Module 4b This section will consist of information regarding:
CONTACT  Escalation of response
Wrist Grab  Use of Force
Defense  The basics of wrist grab defense

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4c This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
Front Choke  Effects of a Choke
Defense  Raise-Turn-STOP!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4d This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
Rear Choke  Effects of a Choke
Defense  Raise-Turn-STOP!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 4e This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
Windpipe  Effects of a Choke
Choke Defense  The Doorbell technique

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 4f This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Your “fighting” stance
Introduction to  The number 1 rule in striking for self-defense
Striking  The perils of punching

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

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Unit Training Topic
Module 4g This section will consist of information regarding:
CONTACT  The importance of multiple strikes
Palm Heel  The importance of “running” in the drill
Strikes (PADS)  The importance of “yelling” in the drill

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4h This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  No target acquisition!
Palm Heel  Center mass striking
Strikes (BOBS)  Multiple strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, BOB drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4i This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Close quarters defense
Elbow Strikes  Proper use of the elbow
(PADS)  Elbow strikes to palm heel strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4j This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Groin kicks
Intro to  The flaws of “Kick Him in the Winkie!”
Kicking  Close quarter knee strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 4k This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Proper use of the knees
Knee Strikes  The importance of balance
 Multiple knee strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

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Unit Training Topic
Module 4l This section will consist of information regarding:
CONTACT  Striking downward
Ground Strikes  Multiple palm heel strikes
 Final exam prep

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 4m This section will consist of information regarding:


CONTACT  Defending from the ground
Ground Kicks  Maintaining the distance
 Proper use of the ground kicks

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Module 4n This section will consist of information regarding:


GROUND  What to do and when to do it
DEFENSE  The Table Theory
Trap and Roll  Follow-up techniques

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 4o This section will consist of information regarding:


GROUND  What to do and when to do it
DEFENSE  Turn and tuck
Turn and Tuck  Follow-up techniques

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Module 5 This section will consist of information regarding:


FINAL  Effective use of techniques
EVALUATION  Fight til he drops
 Come out fighting!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, participant


driven, reality based scenario against the instructor in tactical gears
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

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Unit Training Topic
Module 6 This section will consist of information regarding:
CLOSING  Final comments
 Trigger conversation
 Questions and Answers

Unit Performance Exercise: N’A
Total Delivery Time: 5 min

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MODULE 1- INTRODUCTION- Welcome to ABC Women‘s Self-Defense

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Instructor introductions
 History of ABC Women‘s Self-Defense
 Martial Arts vs. Self-Defense
 What to expect in the class
 The Goals of the class
 Safety Precautions

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Instructor Introductions
 Take the time to introduce yourself, your instructors, and your support staff.
 Introductions should be on a first-name basis to promote a comfortable and professional
environment.
 Give details of everyone‘s background and years in the self-defense/martial arts field.
 Everyone should be dressed in a relaxed manner, in a school/ABC t-shirt, jeans or
comfortable pants, and sneakers or mat shoes.
 There should be no martial arts uniforms worn or titles used.

History of ABC Women‟s Self-Defense


 ABC Women‘s Self-Defense was created to fill a critical need – for a functional and practical
women‘s self-defense and empowerment program.
 There are many martial arts schools teaching ―martial arts‖ and labeling it as self-defense,
but there is a huge difference between martial arts and self-defense.
 There will be NO martial arts in this class.

Martial Arts vs. Self-Defense


 Martial arts do have value, but take YEARS to learn, develop, and master.
 Self-defense training, on the other hand, needs to be immediate and effective.
 This class will teach you some basic functional skills in three hours, not three years.

What to Expect in the Class


―This class is called ABC Women‘s Self-Defense. We will cover three very basic, but critical, elements
of self-defense:
 A is for AWARENESS: We will talk about how to recognize a dangerous situation and how to
avoid it; learn how to be aware of your surroundings, your own body posture and attitude;
and learn what an attacker looks for in a victim.
 B is for BOUNDARIES: We will discuss how to identify and maintain your boundaries, how to
deescalate a potential issue, and what to do to avoid being a victim.
 And C stands for CONTACT: Contact is the physical stuff, the hands-on self-defense
techniques that most people expect in a women‘s self-defense class. For this program, this
is a last resort. It‘s more important to teach you how to recognize and avoid unwanted
encounters. Only then, if needed and there are no other options, do we move into the
physical techniques of self-defense.‖

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The Goals of the Class
We have 3 primary goals for this class:
1. “We want everyone to be SAFE!
We have a lot of people working in a confined space, so as we work and do the exercises and
techniques, please be aware of your surroundings and others around you. Also, if anyone has
any physical limitations that might prevent them from participating in any of the exercises,
please let us know and by all means you can sit that exercise out.
That being said, we may be doing things that may make you physically, mentally, or emotionally
uncomfortable for some. And that‘s OK. We‘re going to ask you to push past your comfort zone
emotionally and psychologically.

2. We want everyone to LEARN something!


The point of this class is for you to come away with some simple, functional, and practical
knowledge that you can use to recognize, avoid, and if need be, respond to an unwanted,
physical altercation or violent attack. We want you to learn something that you can use even if
you were attacked in the parking lot right after this class. It‘s about learning something in hours-
--not YEARS.

3. We want you to have FUN!


Statistically, it has been proven that people learn better when they are engaged and enjoying
themselves. We are going to be sharing a lot of information and talking about a lot of ‗dark‘
subjects, but in the end, we want everyone to have fun today in this class.‖

After the introduction, take the class through a brief, simple warm-up. This should involve a couple
of minutes of stretching and moving just to get them active.

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MODULE 2a- AWARENESS- Statistics

This section will consist of information regarding:


 General info
 The Dangerous Mindset
 Statistical info regarding assaults and violent encounters

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Statistical Info Regarding Assaults and Violent Encounters


Let‘s look at the numbers!

QUESTION 1: ―How many people think they may be the victim of a violent or unwanted physical
encounter in their lifetime?‖

QUESTION 2: ―How many people KNOW someone who has been the victim of a violent or
unwanted physical encounter?‖ (Typically this response will be MUCH greater)

These questions are asked to get a baseline of the experience, urgency, and general attitude of the
class and facilitate open conversation.

Compare the number to the students in the class such as: ―We have 20 people here which means
that if it hasn‘t happened already, somewhere between four and seven of you may become victims!‖

The Dangerous Mindset


―One of the biggest deterrents to people learning how to effectively defend themselves is the
prevailing attitude that „It will never happen to me!‟

Many women never take the step to learn self-defense because they think they aren‘t the ‗victim
type‘. They think the only women at risk are young, pretty college girls, or girls that wear tight
clothes or short skirts, or people that live in bad neighborhoods.

Let‘s make one thing perfectly clear: It doesn‘t matter how old you are, how young you are, how
skinny you are, how fat you are, how tall or short you are, where you live, what you drive, or what
you do for a living…EVERYONE is a potential victim! Our job here today is to help you reduce the
odds that you will become a victim.‖

Statistics
―While statistics may vary, current national crime statistics show that:
 One in five women will be the victim of a violent or unwanted physical encounter in their
lifetime
 In a college environment, the numbers are more like one out of three
 And we know that number is much higher since assaults on campus only have about a 5%
reporting rate. 95% of all sexual assaults on campus are never reported‖

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THE STATISTICS THAT APPLY TO YOUR LOCAL OR GEOGRAPHIC AREA.

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MODULE 2b- AWARENESS- High School and College (Optional)

This section will consist of information regarding:


 The risks of the High School and College environments
 College statistical info regarding assaults and violent encounters
 What is ―affirmative consent?‖

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

High School and College Classes (Optional)


If you are conducting a high school or college level class, or there are a number of student-age
attendees, here is the next step:

―As previously stated, statistics show that 1 out of 5 women will be the victim of an unwanted
physical or sexual assault in their lifetime. But in the college environment, that number rises to 1
out of 3!

QUESTION: “A woman is never at more risk in her life as she is from the first day of
school to winter break of that first year of college. Why is that?‖
 For many, it‘s the first time really away from home (no more Mom and Dad)
 Feeling of unfettered independence (time to break loose!)
 In a relatively uncontrolled but safe-feeling environment (limited adult supervision, the
attitude that ―nothing bad could happen here‖)
 In a pool of unrestrained, close-quarter testosterone and estrogen (excess sexual drive)
 Access to drugs, alcohol, other controlled substances (let‘s party!)
 Upper classmen prey on targets (―games‖ that encourage other students to target freshmen)
 And, they just want to fit in

QUESTION: “Why do we think the college reporting rate is so low (only 5%)?”
 Many times the victim knows their attacker (―I don‘t want to get them into trouble.‖)
 Peer pressure (―I don‘t want my friends to get mad at me for squealing.‖)
 Many times there is underage alcohol or drug use (―I don‘t want to get in trouble with my
parents, the school, or the police.‖)
 If impaired (drugs or alcohol), they might not fully recall what happened (―I‘m really not
sure. I really don‘t remember.‖)
 Many times they feel a level of guilt (―Well, I did go to his room; Well, I was flirting and
coming on to him; Well, I probably should have known better.‖)

“None of these answers are RIGHT. But sadly, they are TRUE.‖

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Affirmative Consent
―No one has the right to violate your trust or your boundaries, period! All sexual activity should
include enthusiastic, affirmative consent from both parties.‖

So, what is affirmative consent?


 A mutual decision to engage in sexual activity
 Consent may be given in WORDS or ACTIONS, as long as it is CLEAR!
 Silence or lack of resistance is not consent
 Consent does not vary based on gender or sexual orientation

―In the past, they used to say ‗NO means NO!‘ But a good current definition of consent might be,
‗An absence of YES means NO!‟”

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MODULE 2c- AWARENESS- What Does an Attacker Look For?

This section will consist of information regarding:


 The 3 things an attacker looks for in a victim
 The dangers of smart phones, iPods, era buds, etc.
 Real Life Examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

The 3 Things an Attacker Looks For in a Victim


QUESTION: “What does an attacker look for in a victim?”
Based on the responses from the attendees, you should be able to lead the conversation and bucket
their responses into three answers:
 Distraction: Not paying attention, talking on their cell phones, using ear buds, looking for
their keys, etc.
 Opportunity: Parked far away from a building or entrance, alone, dark parking garages or
unlit parking lots, inebriation.
 The Easy Target: Someone who looks meek, mild, or submissive; who won‘t fight back;
who‘s staring down at the ground and trying not to stand out.

1. DISTRACTION
QUESTION: “Who carries one of these (pull out your cell phone)? This is one of the biggest
deterrents to being aware of yourself and your surroundings.”

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES


―Has anyone seen that video of the women who was texting while she was walking through the
mall? (In most cases, someone is familiar with this video). What happened? What does she do? SHE
WALKS INTO A FOUNTAIN! IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MALL! Have you ever been in a mall that has a
fountain? (Yes). Is that fountain small? Is that fountain quiet? Is that fountain in any way subtle and
unseen? NO! Yet, this woman in Pennsylvania was SO distracted by texting that she fell head-first
into this giant, loud, fountain! Another interesting fact is that she actually WORKED IN THAT MALL!
So she was totally aware of the layout and that that fountain was there!‖

See video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXYY_ep5Nh0

A few more examples of this type of distraction:


 A young woman in Kodiak, Alaska on her honeymoon was so distracted texting that she
walked off a 60 ft. cliff! She needed to be airlifted to a local hospital.
 A woman in South Haven, Michigan was so distracted texting that she walked off the end of
a pier and fell in Lake Michigan. It took almost an hour to rescue her.
 A woman in Lakeland, Florida was so busy texting that she walked into the path of an
oncoming freight train. The train clipped her and she was thrown 40 feet into the air. She
was rushed to the hospital with compound fractures.
 A man in La Crescenta, California was so distracted texting that he walked into a 400 lb.
black bear who had come into town scrounging for food. He was very lucky to survive. The
bear was eventually tranquilized and relocated to an animal sanctuary.

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QUESTION: “OK! Be honest! How many people here have walked into a wall, a desk, a
pole, a door while texting? I know I have! I‘ve seen people walk right out in front of my car
while I‘m driving through the city!‖

Using a Smart Phone for Self-Defense


“Now, that‘s not saying that a smart phone doesn‘t have value when it comes to self-protection.
There are a number of apps available for iPhones, Androids, and just about every other phone, that
can be very helpful.‖
 Get Home Safe – iPhone or Android. This app allows you to set a ―safety timer‖ that alerts
friends and family if you do not check back on your phone within the designated amount of
time. Great way to be proactive about your safety! Click the name of the app to download it
from the iTunes store.
 Invisible Alert – iPhone. In trouble? Need to send an immediate alert to friends and family
with your location? Invisible Alert allows you to send an instantaneous alert with your GPS
location to people you designate. Only available for iPhone, but an alternative is
available: Emergency Alert
 Fight Like a Girl- iPhone. This App has the potential to save yours or a loved one‘s
life. Simply push the alert three times and be assured that help is on the way. It sends a GPS
location to your loved ones‘ phone or computer informing them you are in trouble. It
features both a silent alert and an audible alarm. Once the alarm has been activated the
torch on your phone turns into a blinding strobe light. This light can either help deter
potential attackers or assist in finding your location at night.

2. OPPORTUNITY
“How many people have parked far away from the other cars in a parking lot so their car doesn‘t get
dinged? How many people work late at night, or park in a dark parking garage? How many of you
go to college?‖

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES


“I once worked for a local company that had a parking garage in the heart of the city. You would
think it would be safe with hundreds of employees working in the building, But there were 3
reported sexual assaults in ONE YEAR in this parking garage.

―In fact, three of the most prevalent places where assaults and sexual assaults happen, at least
locally, are:
 Parking garages: dim lights, blind corners, open cars (see example above);
 College campuses: a concentrated population of newly independent young people. We
recently had at least two sexual assaults here on local campuses, one at the College of Saint
Rose in Albany, NY, and another at Siena College in Latham, NY (where my daughter attends
school);
 Mall parking lots: large open areas that are not generally well-lit; a target-rich environment. I
personally know a number of women who have been accosted in the parking lot of the
largest mall in the area (Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY), and one was brutally sexually
assaulted - and she was a BLACK BELT!

But it‘s important to remember that these types of assaults can happen ANYWHERE! Alleys, cars,
vans, offices buildings, EVEN IN YOUR OWN HOME!

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Now, I understand that we all can‘t avoid parking garages, colleges, and parking lots, but we CAN
be aware of the risk associated with those locations and take steps to be more aware and reduce
the risk of becoming a victim!‖

3. THE EASY TARGET


―Law enforcement has had interviews with convicted criminals where they showed them videos of
potential victims and asked them to point out which ones they would target.

Their criteria were:


1. People not paying attention, not aware of their surroundings, distracted
2. People in a secluded area, alone, away from public view
3. People who looked meek and mild, head down, staring down at the ground

They want someone who looks weak, submissive, like they are not the type to fight back. They
want that EASY TARGET!

So here is your FIRST LESSON on how to avoid being a victim--- DON‟T LOOK LIKE AN EASY
TARGET!
 Always walk with your head up and shoulders back!
 Always walk with a purpose like you are going somewhere!
 Always look ahead of you to see where you are going!
 Exude confidence and a positive attitude (even if you are not feeling it that day!)

At this point, you may have the attendees demonstrate what a confident and purposeful body
posture looks like- head up, eyes open, shoulders back, chest out! Note the FEELING of confidence
it creates!

Remember, the bad guy is looking for 3 things:


1. DISTRACTION!
2. OPPORTUNITY!
3. THE EASY TARGET!

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MODULE 2d- AWARENESS- Eye Contact

This section will consist of information regarding:


 The 3 things an attacker does NOT want!
 Reducing the risk
 Real Life Examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, eye contact exercise


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

The 3 Things an Attacker Does NOT Want


―Well now that we know what an attacker WANTS in a potential victim; let‘s take a look at what an
attacker does NOT want!

There are three basic things every attacker will attempt to avoid:
1. They don‘t want to get caught (identified, or draw attention)!
2. They don‘t want to get hurt (they want to avoid any type of bodily injury)!
3. And they don‘t want any kind of a challenge or hassle (Remember, they LOOK for that
easy victim)!
Remember, our job is to show you some things you can do to reduce your risk of being a victim.

EYE CONTACT
“Eye contact is a critical step in helping you to avoid becoming a victim!”

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES


―I did a personal experiment. I used to work in a law firm in downtown Albany. While the law firm
was in a popular and professional city area, the parking lot where we were forced to park was NOT.
It was about three blocks away, about two blocks from the local methadone clinic, in a not-so-nice
neighborhood filled with dark overpasses, alleys, and ample opportunities for bad guys.
I decided one day to count the number of women who passed me on the street on my walk to the
office, and see how many of them actually looked me in the eye. Out of 19 women that passed me,
only two looked me in the eye as they passed!
But the approach to how you do it is important. As you pass someone in the street, I want you to
look them in the eye. Just a glance.‖

DEMONSTRATION:
1. Have a female assistant instructor stand on one side of the room while you stand on the
other
2. Walk towards each other to simulate passing each other in the street
3. Demonstrate the glance

IMPORTANT POINT: ―I do NOT want you to do this!‖ (I usually do the drill again, this time with a
very long and ―crazy‖ look, which makes a great point and usually generates a good laugh from the
attendees.)

“We do not want to antagonize or attract attention, but we DO want to be aware of those around
us. So, here‘s a good approach: look them in the eye in the time it takes to simply glance at your

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watch or look at your speedometer while driving. Just a glance. Not a stare.‖(DEMONSTRATE) ―Does
that make sense?
QUESTION: Now, THINK about this. When you look someone in the eye, what message does that
convey? What message does that send to the attacker?
1. You have seen him. You can IDENTIFY him!
2. You are CONFIDENT. Remember, they want an easy target!
3. And if you are confident, what might you do if attacked? FIGHT BACK - and they don‘t want
that!

And these are the things an attacker does NOT want! You are AWARE, you are CONFIDENT, and
you are NOT an easy target!

EXERCISE: Eye Contact Drill: “So, here is our first exercise.”


1. Split the group into two lines on opposite sides of the room, facing each other
2. Have the groups walk towards each other to simulate passing in the street
3. Have them ―glance‖ at each other as they pass by
“We are going to have this group walk this way (toward the other group), this group walk this way
(again, toward the opposite group), and as you pass each other, you are going to look each other in
the eye. Simple! Ready? GO!‖…―OK, again.‖ (Have them repeat the drill.)…―OK, one more time.‖

(Typically have them do it a total of three times.) ―How was that?‖

QUESTION: ―So, let me ask the group - before this class, before this exercise, how many people
find they actually looked a person in the eye when they passed them in the street?‖
“And how many would NOT?‖ (In many cases, there will be a large portion of the class that will
admit this.) ―So here is the key question---why not?‖
Typical responses will be a variation of, ―I don‘t want him to think I‘m interested,‖ or, ―I don‘t want
him to start talking to me.‖ These are all VERY valid points.

Explain that, while this is always a valid concern, this is why we use the ―glance at your watch‖ or
―look at your speedometer‖ approach. This simple, quick look should NOT attract that level of
unwanted attention. And the ability to dissuade an attacker by being aware of him and your
surroundings, by exuding confidence, and by indicating you are a ―hard target‖ is much more
valuable.

NOTE: In our class, my female instructor interjects here and explains that, being from New York
City, she was born and raised NOT to look someone in the eye! However, since doing this class for
the last six years she has adopted this approach and never ONCE has she been approached by an
unwanted individual based on eye contact. The value definitely outweighs the risks.

She also takes this opportunity to explain that, understandably, this will be a challenge for many
people as they have been raised and socialized NOT to do this, and many of the things we are going
to show them in this class will directly contradict what they‘ve been socialized to do. The physical
stuff we show them is the EASY part - any three-year old has a natural ability to hit and strike out -
but the socialization, and breaking through those ingrained, hard-wired, social conventions, will be
the real trick - and the real value.

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MODULE 3a- BOUNDARIES- Defining Your Safety Zone

This section will consist of information regarding:


 How close is TOO close?
 Situational awareness
 Real Life Examples

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, Safety Zone exercises


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Defining Your Safety Zone- How Close is TOO Close?”


―Now that we‘ve talked about AWARENESS (statistics, the chances of becoming a victim, what an
attacker wants and more importantly does NOT want, being aware of your body posture,
environment, and mindset), let‘s go to the next part. B is for what? BOUNDARIES!”

QUESTION: ―Let me ask the group a question: How close is TOO close?”

DEMONSTRATION: Ask for a ―volunteer‖ from the group and stand them in the middle of the floor
(be sure to comfort her and let her know that you will not expect her to do anything and she is
completely safe). Here is the demonstration:
1. The instructor stands approximately 10-12 feet away and asks, ―Do you feel uncomfortable
with me right now?‖ The answer is typically ―No.‖
2. Casually and easily take a few steps closer, until you‘re approximately six to eight feet away,
and repeat the question. The response will be ―No.‖
3. Now, step close to the volunteer, approximately two feet away, and ask, ―Do you feel
uncomfortable now?‖ The answer will be a definite ―YES!‖

Ask the volunteer to extend her arm. Invariably, you will be at a distance where her hand will be on
your chest---at arm‘s length.

―This is, without fail, the distance where people have stated that THIS was too close - arm‘s length.
We have learned and been conditioned that this is our personal space, that this is our Safety Zone.
I am going to tell you that THIS is just too close. At this distance, as a bad guy, I can get to her
before she can react.‖

Step back approximately three feet and extend your own arm to match the volunteer – her with an
arm out and you with an arm out - creating a five to six foot distance.

―THIS is your Safety Zone. This six foot radius around you is the minimum distance you want to try
to maintain in order to ensure you have enough time to react to an incoming attack. Does this make
sense?‖

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES- SITUATIONAL AWARENESS


Bring out a volunteer and stand them in the middle of the floor. Reassure them they will have to
take no action and are safe.

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―Many of you might be thinking, ‗Oh, I‘d never let someone get that close.‘ Let me share a story. I
and JR (my assistant instructor who stands an ominous 6ft. 5in. tall) were on our way to teach a
course at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Russell Sage is located in the middle of downtown Troy;
not the worst city, but not the best.

We were running late, the other instructors were already there, the class started in 30 minutes, and
we simply could not figure out how they could possibly fit a gymnasium in downtown Troy, much
less find it. Well, we were driving round and round these city blocks looking for the gym but could
not find it.

Let me point out that it was winter, it was dark, and we were driving a pickup truck. Well, we knew
were close. We were in the college area but just couldn‘t find the building. We noticed a college-age
young woman walking down the block and decided to stop the truck and ask directions.

We stopped; I stepped out of the truck, maintained a comfortable distance of approximately six feet,
and said, ‗Excuse me, can you tell me where the Russell Sage gym is?‘ She graciously offered
directions, pointing down the street and stating, ‗Sure. Just head down this block to the next corner
and it will be the big building on your right.‘ I responded by saying, ‗Great, thanks,‘ and then added
(walk up to your volunteer, standing next to her, touching her arm with yours, and pointing to the
phone in your hand), ‗Is this it right here?‘ I actually touched my arm to hers. She simply responded
‗Yes. That‘s the place.‘ I said ‗Thank you. By the way, we‘re teaching a women‘s self-defense class
there in 30 minutes. Maybe you should come.‘ She smiled and responded ‗No thanks. I can take care
of myself.‘

This young woman actually let me get close enough to TOUCH her! Two guys driving a pick-up truck
downtown, in a college neighborhood, at night, and she let me get close enough to TOUCH HER! If
we were bad guys, do you realize how quickly and easily we could have thrown her in the back of
that pickup and driven off? She would never have been seen again.

You need to constantly be aware of your surroundings and learn how to define, establish, and
maintain your BOUNDARIES!

There are three basic ways you can set those boundaries and maintain this safety zone.
These three levels are:
1. Visual,
2. Verbal, and
3. Visceral (emotional)

Let‘s look at how this works…―

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MODULE 3b- BOUNDARIES- Maintaining Your Safety Zone (Visual)
This section will consist of information regarding:
 The STOP STANCE!
 Visual De-escalation
 Taking psychological control

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, visual safety zone exercises


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Maintaining Your Safety Zone (Visual)- The STOP STANCE


“When someone approaches you and you do not want them to come any closer or enter your safety
zone, the first step is VISUAL.‖

DEMONSTRATION: As your assistant instructor approaches, step back with one foot, bend your
knees slightly, put your hands out in front of you, and calmly but firmly say, ―EXCUSE ME!‖

QUESTION: “If I step back and put my hands up, what does this mean”? You will get
answers like, ―STOP!‖ ‖Stay away!‖ ―Don‘t come any closer!‖

―What does it mean in France?‖ Attendees will respond, ―STOP!‖ ―What does it mean in Germany?‖
Attendees will respond, ―STOP!‖ ―What does it mean in Africa?‖ Attendees will respond, ―STOP!‖
―Hell, what does it mean on Mars? Point being, this means STOP. Everyone knows this. I don‘t have
to speak the language or know the customs. This means STOP! So, we will call this your STOP
STANCE.‖

QUESTION: “What does calmly and firmly stating „Excuse me!‟ do?”

Responses will include:


1. ―It shows them you see them, it tells then you are aware
2. I it shows you are confident,―
3. It shows you will NOT be an easy target!

You should add that it ―It shifts the psychological control from the person to YOU! If this is a bad
guy, you are no longer the EASY TARGET.‖

EXERCISE: ―So here‘s what we‘re going to do. Find a partner and an open space on the floor, and
we‘re going to practice this first level. Start at a distance, and one person will walk toward the other.
The receiver will do three things:
1. Step back and bend your knees (for balance)
2. Put your hands up into the STOP STANCE
3. Firmly and calmly say ‗EXCUSE ME!‘
―Your goal is to do this before they get inside your safety zone.‖

PRACTICE: Allow the trainees to perform this exercise repeatedly for a length of time. Please note
that this will not appear serious and practical at times, as they will be laughing and joking, and
having fun. And that‘s OK. It‘s the concept that counts.

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MODULE 3c- BOUNDARIES- Maintaining Your Safety Zone (VERBAL)
This section will consist of information regarding:
 Verbal escalation
 Verbal distraction
 Verbal command

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, verbal safety zone exercises


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Maintaining Your Safety Zone (Verbal)- Verbal Commands


QUESTION: ―Many of you might be thinking, ‗Oh, I‘d never let a bad guy get that close.‘ Really? Let
me ask you, ‗What does a bad guy look like?‟

Bad guys are not all homeless-looking, scruffy, unshaven dirt bags. To the contrary; Ted Bundy, the
most infamous serial killer in US history, was often compared to the ‗boy next door‘. He was
handsome, charming, and ‗talked‘ his way past these women‘s defenses. So, I ask you again - what
does a bad guy look like?
Now, if you have stepped back, put your hands up, and said a firm, attention-grabbing ‗EXCUSE
ME!‘, and the person does not pick up on this cue, they are either STUPID, ARROGANT, or have BAD
INTENTIONS.
Many times, people will try to ‗talk past‘ this boundary. He will say something like, ‗Oh, I‘m sorry. I
didn‘t mean to startle you. I‘m just looking for directions to Dunkin‘ Donuts,‘ or ‗C‘mon now - I‘m
just being nice!‘ - all the while slowing, closing the gap, and getting closer to you. At this point, we
need to take this to the next level!
When someone approaches you and you do not want them to come any closer or enter your safety
zone, and they disregard your initial visual action, the next step will be to tell them EXACTLY what
you want them to do.‖

DEMONSTRATION: Here‘s the drill:


1. As the person approaches, step back with one foot, bend your knees, put your hands out in
front of you, and calmly but firmly say ‗EXCUSE ME!
2. If they continue forward, many times trying to talk past your boundaries, slide-step
backward to maintain distance
3. Raise both the intensity level and volume of your voice, and in a strong, authoritative tone,
say, ‗DON‘T COME ANY CLOSER! STAY AWAY!‘ or similar language that works for you.
This is a VERBAL COMMAND.
As an example, law enforcement and military spend a great amount of time and resources training
in ‗verbal commands‘ because they understand the value of a direct approach. When a police officer
places someone in handcuffs and wants them on the ground, they loudly state, ‗Go to the ground!
Go to the ground! Stop resisting and go to the ground!‘
The real goal is to raise the intensity level, make it clear that you have no intention of being a
passive participant, and tell him exactly what you expect him to do.‖

PRACTICE: Allow the trainees to perform this exercise repeatedly.

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MODULE 3d- BOUNDARIES- Maintaining Your Safety Zone (VISCERAL)
This section will consist of information regarding:
 Verbal escalation
 Verbal distraction
 Verbal command

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, verbal safety zone exercises


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Maintaining Your Safety Zone (Visceral)- “GET THE @#$% AWAY FROM ME!”
―Well, you‘ve tried visual and it didn‘t get the message across. You tried verbal, and that didn‘t work.
There‘s a good chance you have a potential issue on your hands. The final step is VISCERAL, or
emotional. Let‘s me just demonstrate and then we can discuss.‖

DEMONSTRATION: Standing a distance apart, one of the assistant instructors approaches.


1. Step back, put your hands up into the STOP STANCE, and calmly but firmly say, ―EXCUSE
ME!‖
2. As they continue forward, slide-step backwards to maintain distance
3. Raise both the intensity level and volume of your voice, and in a strong, authoritative tone,
say, ―DON‘T COME ANY CLOSER! STAY AWAY!‖
4. As they continue forward, continue to slide-step backward; raise both the intensity level and
volume of your voice, and aggressively scream, ―GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME!!!‖

You will typically get a shocked and emotional reaction from the attendees; and note to the class---
THAT‘S THE POINT!

―The use of that type of aggressive and socially unacceptable language solicits an intensively
negative emotional reaction from people INCLUDING a bad guy. And remember what he DOESN‘T
want:
 He doesn‘t want to get caught (this will draw attention)!
 He doesn‘t want to get hurt (you are OBVIOUSLY willing to fight)!
 And he doesn‘t want any kind of a challenge or hassle (you are obviously NOT going to be
an Easy Target)!‖

REAL LIFE EXAMPLES


―A woman attended our course and shared a story. She was shopping in a local mall when she was
approached by a man. He appeared very friendly and asked, ‗Aren‘t you so and so‘s mom?‘ Being an
intelligent woman, she recognized it right away as a line and a ‗come-on‘ and politely replied ‗No,
I‘m sorry. You must have me confused with someone else,‘ and then walked away. She continued
her shopping and did not recall seeing him in the mall again.

After she finished her shopping, she took her packages to the car, loaded them in the back seat, got
into her car, and was putting on her seatbelt when she looked up to see this man STANDING
OUTSIDE HER DRIVER‘S SIDE WINDOW! She was shocked! She then told us she reached over to
lock the door---and then stopped! Why? ‗I didn‘t want appear rude.‘

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One problem in today‘s society is that people, women specifically, have been socialized to be helpful,
to be nice, to be nurturing. This is counter-productive to the psychology and the mentality you need
to protect yourself and your loved ones.‖
QUESTION: ―Now, if the person really IS just looking for directions to Dunkin‘ Donuts, what is the
worst that is going to happen? You might be embarrassed. He might be embarrassed. He might
think you are a TOTALLY CRAZY BITCH and walk away. SO WHAT! You gave this person three
chances to respect the boundaries you set and they chose not to. You owe them NOTHING. The
only people you owe anything to are yourself and your family.

YOU HAVE OUR PERMISSION TO BE A BITCH! More importantly, you have your OWN permission to
be a bitch! You do NOT need to be nice. Your ONLY responsibility is to get home safe to your family.

These 3 levels of defining boundaries will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim. And, if
after these steps, they still keep coming, we need to escalate to the CONTACT phase.‖

PRACTICE: Allow the trainees to perform all three levels of the exercise repeatedly for a length of
time.

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MODULE 4a- CONTACT- Introduction

This section will consist of information regarding:


 The last resort
 Training escalation
 The goal of CONTACT

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

CONTACT- The Last Resort


―First of all, CONTACT should be your last and final step. This is your last resort!

While many martial arts and self-defense classes focus on the physical self-defense techniques
needed to protect yourself against an attack or unwanted encounter, we feel that if you can
understand and apply the first steps of AWARENESS (understanding the risks, knowing what to look
for, understanding the attacker‘s mentality, being aware of yourself and your surroundings, etc.)
and the BOUNDARIES (knowing your safety zone, how to define and maintain that safety zone, and
knowing how to respond to and deescalate a potential encounter), then hopefully, you will NEVER
have to use the physical techniques we are going to show you.

That said, no one is going to leave this class as an ‗unbeatable fighting machine.‘ No one is going to
become an MMA fighter or a world champion kick boxer. What you WILL get are some simple, easy,
and effective techniques to respond to an imminent physical attack designed to give you the time
and space you need to get the hell out!

We start the physical training with low-level, less aggressive attacks, and then we will escalate the
situations to something more aggressive and potentially hazardous. Does this make sense? Great.
Let‘s get started.‖

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MODULE 4b- CONTACT- Wrist Grab Defense

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Escalation of response
 Use of Force
 The basics of wrist grab defense

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, wrist grab defense drills
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Wrist Grab Defense- BEND, TURN, PUSH!


“Let‘s start with wrist grabs.
A wrist grab can be seen as a generally low-level attack…or is it? Let‘s clarify - a wrist grab could be
someone who‘s had a bit too much to drink at Uncle Morty‘s wedding or at the local club and is just
trying to drag you out onto the dance floor, OR a wrist grab could be someone trying to drag you
into a van or an alley. You simply do not know until you are in that situation. So at this point, the
goal is to show you how to get OUT of a wrist grab. Whatever follow-up you do will depend on the
level of aggression and danger you are in. We will deal with the follow-ups later.‖

“Pull Against the Thumb” (DEMONSTRATION ONLY)


(Please note that this is NOT the technique we are teaching and that we demonstrate this technique
merely to make a point).

DEMONSTRATION: Ask for a volunteer to step onto the mat. Explain that we are going to start
with a basic escape from a wrist grab. The instructor does a cross-wrist grab and explains the typical
approach of ―pulling against the thumb‖ to release the grip (sometimes called the ―hitchhiker‖ based
on the outward motion of the arm).

The instructor allows the release, giving direction by repeatedly stating “pull against the
thumb…again…and again. YAY!!!‖

After easily allowing the volunteer to escape utilizing the ―hitchhiker‖ move, I typically ask my
biggest and most intimidating instructor (an ominous 6ft. 5in. tall gentleman) to apply a cross-wrist
grab. ―Pull against the thumb‖ It doesn‘t work.‖

The instructor explains that, while this is a very typical and often-taught technique, in a real-life
scenario when there is intent and strength, it may not work.

Circle Wrist Release #1


The technique we teach in ABC is the circle wrist release.

DEMONSTRATION: Ask the same instructor to do a cross wrist grab against you. The key steps are:
1. Bend your elbows-palms facing you
2. Turn both hands outward, palms toward the attacker
3. With BOTH hands, PUSH the arm away

PRACTICE: Allow the attendees to work with a partner and practice. After practice time, THEN
explain the concepts.

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DEMONSTRATION: “When an attacker grabs you this way (cross-wrist grab, hand low) this is a
naturally powerful position. This is the position someone would use when lifting weights or trying to
lift something heavy.‖ Have the attacker make a strong fist, thumb upward, palm in, and
demonstrate how hard it is to pull the attacker‘s hand downward.

―But, when you put your hands up in front of your face, it turns his hand completely UPSIDE DOWN.
This is a very WEAK position.‖ Have the attacker make a strong fist but this time turned thumb
downward, and demonstrate how easy it is to pull the hand downward.

―We were very also specific about turning your hands, palms toward your attacker. This causes a
release of the grip.‖ Demonstrate and explain how turning your palms towards the attacker loosens
and releases the grip.

―And in this weakened position, grip loosened, pushing the grab away is VERY easy to do. Bend,
turn, and push!‖

IMPORTANT POINTS:
 Don‘t try to pull the hand up---just bend your elbow.
 Push the arm directly back into the attackers face!
 There will be instances where the partner will attempt to hold the participants hand DOWN
and try to prevent them from bending their elbow. THIS IS NOT REALISTIC! An attacker will
not do this. An attacker will grab and PULL in a position of control.

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions

KEY TALKING POINTS


―Someone may grab you by the wrist to either drag you away, or to guide you away to another
location by coercing you (‗Come with me or I will kill you---come with me or I will kill your family!‘).

Critical Lesson- Never, ever, ever, EVER leave the initial point of contact! You NEVER go with the
attacker! If an attacker wants you to leave the area, it means that particular location is not safe for
HIM! And if you go with him somewhere else, there is a strong statistical chance you will NOT be
coming back! You never leave the initial point of contact. You STAND AND FIGHT! ―

Repeat this exercise with cross, same, double, and two-hand wrist grabs.

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions repeatedly against cross, same side,
double and two-handed wrist grab.

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MODULE 4c- CONTACT- Front Choke Defense

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
 Effects of a Choke
 Raise-Turn-STOP!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, front choke defense drills
Total Delivery Time: 10 min

Two-Handed Choke From the Front- RAISE, TURN, STOP!


―As we discussed, a wrist grab MAY or MAY NOT be an immediate danger. The situation will dictate
that. But what if someone comes up to you and does THIS? (At this point I slap a very fast, hard
choking motion on one of the instructors; for dramatic effect, I avoid any strong contact to the
throat but allow my palms to make a loud audible ‗boom‘ on my partner‘s chest.)

If THIS happens there is absolutely NO DOUBT you are in a world of trouble!

So, let me ask you---what are some ideas to break this choke?‖ Attendees will typically give you
responses like ―strike downward on the arms‖, ―strike upward on the arms‖, and other movie-type
moves.

―While they ALL may work SOMETIMES, these do not always work. A choking position is a VERY
STRONG position for an attacker. And you need to get out IMMEDIATELY and FAST.

You only have 6-8 seconds to get these hands off your neck before you start to get lightheaded; 8-
10 until you pass out, and 15-20 seconds before you die. So you need to get this OFF! Let‘s show
you one way.

Has everyone here gone to school? What if the teacher asked a question and you knew the answer-
what would you do?‖

At this point, students will probably raise their hands. Instruct them to raise them higher – higher -
(like you really, REALLY know the answer!) - so high that their arms touch their ears! This is your
technique.

DEMONSTRATION: Have an instructor place a 2-hand choke from the front on you.
―I want you to raise your hand as HIGH AS YOU CAN GO and turn your body (to the side).‖ The
choke will release. Repeat and demonstrate on the other side.

The key steps are:


1. Establish your balance (STOP STANCE, step back, bend your knees)
2. Raise your hand/arm HIGH!
3. Turn your body (in the direction of the attacker to release the choke)

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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KEY TALKING POINTS
Many times the students will try to knock the arm away. Take the time to explain that raising the
hand HIGH puts the stress on the FINGERS, making the release much easier. Plus, in many cases,
trying to knock the arm away actually causes trauma to the students own neck.

Demonstrate that some people may turn in the wrong direction, thus negating the technique and
causing a delay and danger. I generally demonstrate that in a fun way, and then quiz the group and
ask them, “How do you prevent this?” Someone will always say “Raise BOTH hands!”
Demonstrate how raising both hands will work in either direction.

PRACTICE: Allow the practitioners to practice multiple repetitions.

Great Job!

NEXT STEPS- Adding the STOP STANCE!


―Now we will add the STOP STANCE. Let‘s do this technique again, but now, after the choke is
released, you will return to the STOP STANCE.

The NEW key steps are:


1. Establish your balance
2. Raise your hands/arms HIGH!
3. Turn your body(either direction, now that both arms are raised)
4. Immediately return to the STOP STANCE (hands up!)‖

Adding the STOP STANCE will put you in a better position to be prepared for anything else that
might come.‖

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 4d- CONTACT- Rear Choke Defense

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
 Effects of a Choke
 Raise-Turn-STOP!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, rear choke defense drills
Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Two-Handed Choke From the Rear- RAISE, TURN, STOP!


―OK. Great job! So, what do we do if someone does that same choke from the back?‖ Ultimately
someone will come up with the answer: “The same thing!”

DEMONSTRATION: Demonstrate the 2-handed choke from the rear.

The key steps are:


1. Establish your balance
2. Raise your hands/arms HIGH!
3. Turn your body (in either direction, now that both arms are raised)
4. Immediately return to the STOP STANCE (one foot back, knees bent, hands up!)‖

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions

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MODULE 4e- CONTACT- Front Choke Windpipe Release

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Urgency of Action (6-8 seconds)
 Effects of a Choke
 The Doorbell technique

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, windpipe release defense drills
Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Windpipe Press Quick Release - The Doorbell (DING DONG!)


Great job! Let‘s give you one more as a bonus. Let‘s demonstrate first then we will talk about it.

DEMONSTRATION: Have an assistant come up and apply a front choke. Reach out and place your
middle finger in the clavicle notch area slightly above the collarbone and gently press. The attacker
will gag, immediately release, and back up. This is designed as a quick release.

―BUT, to clarify, we are NOT doing this…―


(I usually do an extremely exaggerated version of a spear hand to the throat and throat rip,
complete with the over the top ―KIAI‖ scream like in the movies for entertainment purposes). 

Here are key steps:


1. Establish your balance (STOP STANCE!)
2. Place your middle finger on that spot
3. Press with the effort and pressure it would take to ring a doorbell

So, to help with that doorbell concept, I want you to press on the spot and at the same time say
―DING-DONG.‖ (They love that). 

I even tell a story of when I was working as a bouncer and had to utilize this technique and actually
said “DING DONG” out of reflex. They find that amusing. 

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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BREAK TIME
BREAK TIME- Allow about 10 minutes to rest, recoup, and get water.
―When you get back, we will be COMPLETELY changing gears!‖

Use this time to interact with the participants, ask questions, check and verify their comfort level
and safety, and answer any questions they may have.

It is recommended that you have water available for BREAK, and throughout the class to ensure
hydration and comfort.

On the break, set up some BOBs or other types of striking dummies in the front of the room. Also
place a large striking shield next to each dummy.

Unit Performance Exercise: N/A


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

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MODULE 4f- CONTACT- Introduction to Strikes
This section will consist of information regarding:
 Your ―fighting‖ stance
 The number 1 rule in striking for self-defense
 The perils of punching

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

Your Fighting Stance (Intro to Striking)!


Upon returning from break, have the participants line up on the far side of the room facing front.

QUESTION: ―OK ladies. Let‘s do this. If you were going to get into a fight, I mean a real knock-
down, drag-out fight with someone, show me your best fighting stance! Show me!‖

I typically demonstrate by going into a boxing stance, hands closed. They will tend to follow suit.
They will all (or most) adapt a boxing type stance with fists clenched.

I tell them at this point to hold it and then point to each one making a fist and jokingly say, ―Wrong-
wrong-wrong- wrong-wrong-wrong-wrong-and, wrong―. (If you choose to do this, make sure you
have gained their trust and have developed a good relationship with the group prior.)

―Everyone did this!‖ Demonstrate a closed-fist boxing stance.

QUESTION: “Where did you all learn this?‖


(Responses will vary from movies to TV, kickboxing class, etc.)

―OK - our NUMBER ONE RULE in self-defense is you never, ever, ever, ever, PUNCH! All strikes
are done with an open hand. Let me explain why.‖

Example 1:- Mike Tyson


“Does everyone know who Mike Tyson is? For us older folks he was a world-champion boxer. For
you younger folks, he‘s just a really bad actor with a tattoo on his face.  But in his day, he wasn‘t
just ‗a boxer‘, he was THE boxer. The very best in the world. He could hit a man in the ring SO
HARD he would break ribs. But, in August of 1998, at the height of his career, the night before a big
title fight against Frank Bruno, they were all out in a bar drinking and he got into an argument with
former opponent Mitch Green and punched him in the face, just above the right eye. He damaged
his right hand and fractured his metacarpal. He was in a cast for 3 weeks and they had to
reschedule the fight. He‘s a BOXER! A WORLD CHAMPION boxer! But he hits someone without
wraps and gloves and he breaks his hand!

Example 2: John Borter (myself)


A few years back, I was doing some light bag work and went for an uppercut. I felt a crack and
severe shooting pain in my right hand. It swelled instantly and the pain was intense. Turns out I had
broken my hand in four places: a boxers‘ fracture (I no longer have a right pinky knuckle), two
fractured fingers (3rd and 4th), and a broken bone in the side of my hand. I didn‘t even hit the bag
that hard. I just hit it WRONG, at slightly the wrong angle. With more than 20 years of experience I
broke my hand in four places.‖

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Example 3: Size Difference
Bring up your tallest instructor and your shortest attendee and have them face each other. ―Is it
safe to say that typically a smaller person will be attacked by a bigger person?‖

DEMONSTRATION: Have the participant to extend her fist as if she were punching the instructor
in the face. With the general size difference, typically the angle generated would cause the
participant‘s LOWER knuckles to hit first, thus breaking them and causing injury.

―Well, we all know that you‘re supposed to hit with the TOP knuckles, so adjust your hand to hit
with the top knuckles.‖ This will cause the participant to bend her wrist. I ask, ―What‘s going to
break now?‖ All participants will respond, ―Her wrist!‖

Example 4: Natural Reaction


A person has a natural ‗flinch‘ response when put in a defensive situation (MUCH more on that
later). So if this person sees a punch coming towards his face, he is very likely to do what? DUCK!‖
Have the attacker drop his head and face down, causing the punch to land on his skull. ―What is she
hitting now? His HEAD. His SKULL. The hardest bone in the human body! This will probably break
her hand. In fact, studies have shown that one of the top causes of disability claims from police
departments come from broken hands while trying to subdue someone by punching and hitting
them in the head.‖

Example 5: Facebook
―As many of you know, I am a big fan of social media. I LOVE Facebook. Actually, let me clarify by
saying I love causing CONTROVERSY on Facebook. 

I have posted a number of times that I do not believe in teaching my students how to punch due to
the risk of injury. I inevitably get responses from experienced (and not so experienced) martial
artists who criticize that approach by saying things like: ‗Well, you have to teach it correctly‘; ‗You
have to make sure you have the right structure and hand position‘; ‗You have to strengthen the
bones in the hand for proper punching.‘

But eventually, if I wait long enough, someone will come back and say, ‗No, he‘s right. I am a
lifelong martial artist and have been punching in the dojo for years, but the first time I got in a REAL
fight, I hit the guy and broke my hand.‘

You see, there‘s a big difference between punching something or someone in a controlled
environment with wraps and padded gloves, or in a light sparring match, and punching someone in
a street fight or a self-defense situation. And while you MAY be able to punch effectively, and injury-
free, we are not going to take that risk.

So all that being said, I am NOT going to teach you how to punch. I am going to teach you how to
HIT! Now, show me your fighting stance again, and OPEN your hands. THIS is your fighting stance.
And what does it look like? Your STOP STANCE!‖

Have the participants line up in front of the BOBs ready to do a line drill.

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MODULE 4g- CONTACT- Palm-Heel Strikes (PAD DRILLS)

This section will consist of information regarding:


 The importance of multiple strikes
 The importance of ―running‖ in the drill
 The importance of ―yelling‖ in the drill

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

PAD DRILLS
―Since many of you have probably never really hit anything before, let‘s get a little practice in. The
instructors will hold the pads for you. Here‘s what you do.‖

DEMONSTRATION
1. Run up to the pad
2. Get into your STOP STANCE (balanced, hands up!)
3. Hit the pad open handed, with the heel of your palm, hard and fast, 3-4 times
4. RUN to the back of the line!

QUESTION: “Why do we hit the pad 3-4 times?‖ Responses will vary from effectiveness to
necessity. ―Yeah, you can‘t just hit the guy ONCE and expect him to go down. You need to hit
MULTIPLE times.

QUESTION: “Why do we RUN back into line? Another reason is we are NOT trying to turn you
into unbeatable fighting machines. We are trying to create an opportunity to escape. When you
strike aggressively and repeatedly, it will cause many attackers to ―duck and cover‖ as a normal
flinch response (discussed earlier).So when you strike-strike-strike hard and fast, and the attacker
goes THAT way; which way do YOU go!? THIS way! You RUN! You get the hell outta there! That‘s
why we have you RUN to the back of the line

IMPORTANT NOTE: And when you run, you YELL! And what do you YELL?‖ (Invariably,
participants will say HELP!) ―NOOOO! You don‘t yell HELP! No one cares about help. When people
hear help, they go the other way, or close their window, but when you yell ―FIRE‖!, everybody
wants to see it burn. So, when you run away, you yell ―FIRE!‖

DEMONSTRATION: So, here‘s the drill---


1. Run up to the pad
2. Get into your STOP STANCE (balanced, hands up!)
3. Hit the pad open handed, with the bottom of your hand, hard and fast, 3-4 times
4. RUN to the back of the line! (yelling FIRE!)‖

One more VERY IMPORTANT POINT!


“While you are attacking the pad, I want you to YELL! I want to hear a LOUD VERBAL RESPONSE.
You can say anything you want in context (Get the fuck away from me! NO, NO, NO! Get back! Get
away! Whatever works for you. But I want you to YELL! Here‘s why---

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Yelling will do three things: (ASK THEM FOR SUGGESTIONS):
1. Attract attention: as already ready discussed, an attacker does NOT want to attract
attention.
2. Increase your intensity and strength: think about when you pick up something heavy.
Are you typically quiet? No, you ‗GRRRRRRRR‘ when you pick up something heavy. It
increases for strength and focus. And finally –
3. It helps you breathe: You NEED to breathe. In this high-stress, adrenalin-filled moment,
you may have the tendency to hold your breath out of fear or panic. You need to BREATHE!
If you don‘t, you will pass out and be vulnerable. So… YELL!‖

One final point---in the spirit of teamwork, support, and creating an adrenaline-filled environment,
the people in line should LOUDLY cheer on the people hitting the pads. This will keep the energy
high and the excitement flowing.

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 4h- CONTACT- Palm-Heel Strikes (BOB DRILLS)

This section will consist of information regarding:


 No target acquisition!
 Center mass striking
 Multiple strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, BOB striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

BOB DRILLS
―Now we will change things up a bit. I want you to line up, do exactly the same thing, and this time
hit the dummies! Run up, get into your STOP STANCE, hit-hit-hit in the face and head, and run back
yelling!

Let me say this again. Run up, get into your STOP STANCE, hit-hit-hit in the face and head, and run
back yelling!

Note what I said---hit in the face and head! I did NOT say jab him in the eye, hit him in the throat,
pop him in the chin, or palm heel the nose---

SIDE NOTE: Has anyone ever heard about this palm heel to the nose technique? What is it
supposed to do?‖ In many cases, a participant will have heard the stories.

―Yup, you are supposed to palm-heel him to the nose, which supposedly drives the nose bone up
INTO the brain and KILLS your attacker! Let me stop right there. Have you ever seen a skull? Maybe
on Halloween? Do you see a big carrot sticking out? NOOOO! It‘s a HOLE! There IS no nose bone.
It‘s all cartilage. While it‘s a great opportunity, and if you hit it, you will cause the eyes to water,
blood to splatter all over the place, and cause a great defensive reaction, it will NOT kill your
attacker.

What I want you do to is hit to the face and head. There are too many variables to define a target:
how tall he is, how short he is, how close you are, how far away you are, how long your arms are or
how short your arms are, whether you are moving or standing still, adrenalin, fear, reaction time,
thought processes… there are simply too many challenges to try to hit a tiny target.

And if we train to poke to the eye 500 times (demonstrate - Poke to the eye! Poke to the eye! Poke
to the eye! Poke to the eye!) and you internalize that technique, the one time you go to poke to the
eye and he FLINCHES, and you miss, you will have a mental freeze. And you CANNOT afford to have
that happen in a fast-moving, self-defense situation.

But if you hit open handed, repeatedly, to the face and head area, you will by default get an eye
strike, or a face strike, or a chin strike, or a throat strike. If he turns his head away to avoid being
hit, you will get the temple, the jaw, the side of the face. If he continues to turn, you will get the
back of the head, the base of the skull, or the neck. The goal is not to hit any particular target - the
goal is to HIT! The targets will take care of themselves.

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DEMONSTRATE: So, here‘s the drill-
1. Run up to the BOB
2. Get into your STOP STANCE (balanced, hands up!)
3. Hit the BOB open handed, with the heel of your palm, hard and fast, 3-4 times about the
face and head
4. YELL while striking
5. RUN to the back of the line! (Yelling FIRE!)

Remember to cheer them on!”

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 4i- CONTACT- Elbow Strikes (PAD DRILLS)

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Close quarters defense
 Proper use of the elbow
 Elbow strikes to palm heel strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

ELBOW STRIKES (Close Quarter Striking)


―We only teach 2 strikes in this level of ABC - the palm strike is one. The other is the elbow strike.
This is used when you are simply too close or crowded to throw an effective palm-heel strike.‖

DEMONSTRATE: “For example, an attacker puts you in a front choke and you effectively escape
using the arm raise technique. BUT he is still too close to really hit with the palm, so you hit with the
ELBOW. This will stun and back up the attacker, then allowing you to hit with the palm. When he
does the duck-and-cover, you RUN!

Let‟s do this on the pads again.

Get in line, run up to the pads, and hit the pads with the forearm part of your elbow (NOT THE TIP)!
It doesn‘t matter if you use the left or right elbow. Most will favor your strong side.

Since this is a close-up technique, I want you to run up to the pad, actually grab the pad or the guy
holding the pad with one hand, elbow strike 3-4 times, palm heel 3-4 times, and then run to the
back of the line.

DEMONSTRATION: Here‘s the drill:


1. Run up to the pad
2. Get into your STOP STANCE (balanced, hands up!)
3. Grab the pad or guy holding the pad with one hand and strike with the other elbow (3-4
times)
4. Then palm strike the pad 3-4 times( remember to YELL while striking)
5. RUN to the back of the line (yelling FIRE!)

Remember to cheer them on!”

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

Time to move on to the next part---KICKING!

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MODULE 4j- CONTACT- Introduction to Kicking

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Groin kicks
 The flaws of ―Kick Him in the Winkie!‖
 Close quarter knee strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

KICK HIM IN THE WINKIE! (Into to Kicking)


QUESTION: ―Ladies---ever since you were a little girl, someone in your life (father, mother, uncle,
grandfather, brother, boyfriend) has told you: If you are ever hassled by a guy, all you gotta do
is…?‖

Responses will vary: ―Kick him in the groin! Kick him in the balls! Kick him in the nuts!
Kick him in the winkie!” (REPEAT ALL RESPONSES)

QUESTION: “Gentlemen (participants or instructors), ever since we were little boys, what did we
KNOW was going to be their first target of choice?‖ “The winkie!”

―Ladies, we know that‘s the go-to place you will be trying to hit. But therein lies the problem.‖

DEMONSTRATION- Call a participant up to the front. ―First of all, bad guys do not attack like
THIS!‖ Grab her wrist and stand in front in a deep wide sitting stance. (A little comic relief. )

―Next, I‘d like you to stick your foot out like you are going to kick me in the groin. Please go slow
and easy. OK, that‘s good. Let‘s do that three times.‖
1. Let her lift her foot gently toward the groin
2. Let her lift her foot toward the groin a second time
3. The third time she lifts her foot, slightly bend your knee to protect the groin (use caution as
this will cause her shin to connect with your knee)
―Did you see what happened? I simply bent my knee just a few inches to protect my groin, which is
a VERY natural response, and her shin hit my knee. Now she‘s hurt.

Also, let‟s look at another issue-

Please kick like you are kicking to the groin again.‖ (This time grab her foot and hold onto her
arm/shoulder for safety). ―What happens now? Yep, she‘s off balance and will go to the ground. Not
a good place to be. I have also seen men take full-on kicks to the groin and keep on coming.

I have had women say to me, ‗Oh, I don‘t need to take a self-defense class; I‘ll just kick him in the
groin!‘ This is a very dangerous mindset.

Don‘t get me wrong, the groin is a GREAT target, if you can get it. But there are inherent risks with
kicking to the groin. Do NOT fall into the mindset that this is all you need. ‗Cuz it‘s not!

And since most self-defense scenarios are in close, we are going to suggest another way of doing
this---KNEES.‖
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MODULE 4k- CONTACT- Knee Strikes

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Proper use of the knees
 The importance of balance
 Multiple knee strikes

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

KNEE STRIKES (Close Quarter Kicking)


“We want you to strike with your knees. It‘s in close, it‘s effective, and it‘s simple. ―

DEMONSTRATION- Have your assistant place a front choke on you. Using the raised hand release,
release the choke. Now, show that you are very close and unable to effectively kick. This is where
we throw knee strikes.

―Again, no targeting. Just knees. Depending on how close you are, how far you are, how tall you
are, how short you are, how tall he is, how short he is---just throw KNEES. You‘ll hit something -
groin, stomach, ribs, face. If he turns to cover, you‘ll hit the hip or side of the leg (CHARLIE
HORSE). Don‘t target---JUST HIT!

DEMONSTRATION: Here‘s the drill—


1. Run up to the pad
2. Grab onto the pad or the guy holding the pad
3. Throw 2-3 repeated knee strikes (throw them hard and fast, hit THROUGH the pad.)-
REMEMBER TO YELL WHEN STRIKING!
4. RUN to the back of the line (yelling FIRE!)

IMPORTANT POINT:
“Start in your STOP STANCE, strike forward with the rear knee, RETURN to the STOP STANCE
position, then strike again, then return to the STOP STANCE position, then strike again. Always bring
your leg BACK to the STOP STANCE position to maintain balance and power.‖

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 4l- CONTACT- Ground Striking

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Striking downward
 Multiple palm heel strikes
 Final exam prep

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

GROUND STRIKING- Hit ‟Em When Their Down!


Take a number of pads and shield and place sporadically them on the floor, widely spaced out. Have
two participants kneel next to the pads, one on each side.

―Here‘s what we are going to do. When I blow the whistle, one of you will start striking the pad,
open-handed, repeatedly, as hard and fast as you can. This drill might not make any sense right
now, but the value will be discussed later.‖

DEMONSTRATION: “Then when I blow the whistle again, the other side will go. This needs to
move quickly, so be ready! Decide who is going first so we don‘t have any head-butts!

Ready - GO!‖

PRACTICE: Allow them to strike for approximately 10 seconds, then blow the whistle and yell
SWITCH! Repeat until each side has gone a minimum of three times.

BREATHER

―Are you a little tired? A little winded? That‘s good—let me tell you one of reasons we do this. At the
end of this class, there is a final exam. We‘d actually like you to be a little tired for this final exam.

Let‘s face it, if you are going to find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself, it‘s
probably not going to be at 12 noon, with the sun shining, while everything is peachy, walking down
the yellow brick road while bluebirds sing on your shoulders.

It‘s going to happen when you are tired, or stressed, or not paying attention. It‘s going to happen
when you are exhausted from working all day and headed out to the parking garage, or when
you‘ve been shopping all day and are lugging your packages to your car, or if you are in college and
you are heading back to your dorm at 2am after a late night ‗study session‘.

It‘s going to happen when you are at your WORST, not at your best. So my goal in this is to tire you
out a bit so the final is a little more realistic. Does that make sense? Do you trust me? Good. Let‘s
do it again.― 

REPEAT EXERCISE

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MODULE 4m- CONTACT- Ground Kicking

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Defending from the ground
 Maintaining the distance
 Proper use of the ground kicks

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 5 min

GROUND KICKING- Keeping the Distance


“OK—you must all be tired after that drill. So, let‘s let you rest. Everyone gets to lie down on your
back.‖ 

Have participants lay in a circle, feet inward, with the instructor standing in the middle.

―You have now been forced to or thrown to the ground. This is not a good spot to be. Ultimately, we
need to make sure the attacker does not get on top of you. Here‘s what we will do.‖

DEMONSTRATION: ―As the attacker moves in closer to you, we are going to kick (like a bicycle) to
the lower parts of his body - anything below the waist: groin, legs, knees, shins - no targeting! Just
kick. He will try to move around you to get in. Kick-kick-kick! Your job is to keep him off.

The instructors are going to stand in front of you holding the pads. When I say go (or blow the
whistle) KICK! Ready - GO!‖

PRACTICE: Repeat this drill until everyone has had a chance to apply it at least twice.

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MODULE 4n- CONTACT- Ground Defense- Trap and Roll

This section will consist of information regarding:


 What to do and when to do it
 The Table Theory
 Follow-up techniques

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

GROUND TECHNIQUE #1- Trap and Roll


DEMONSTRATION: ―An attacker approaches you and grabs your wrist - you escape. He grabs you
in a front choke - you escape. He pushes you to the ground - you kick him off. But then he gets in
and manages to get on top of you… ―

Sit on top of your assistant, mounted position, pinning their wrists to the ground.

QUESTION: ―What do we do from here?‖

Responses will vary including ―push him off, lift your butt, kick, knee, bite, head butt, spit‖, etc.
NONE of these may work effectively.

“Our suggestion? If you find yourself with someone sitting on top of you with your arms pinned, you
do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

Why? Because he is in a superior position of control. Anything you try will just wear you out, and
then you will be too exhausted to fight back. Lay back, relax, and wait. Ultimately, he will release
the grip on your hands and go for your throat or your clothing.

The Table Theory


Let‘s take a look at the technique we are going to do first. It‘s based on what we call the TABLE
THEORY.”

DEMONSTRATION: Have your assistant get down on their hands and knees.

―Let‘s look at this person as a table. This table has four legs. If I remove one table leg (kick out one
arm), what happens to the table? It will fall, or at least tip.

If I take away a second table leg (kick out the leg on the same side) what happens to that table? It
will fall! Is there any way a table can stand on only two table legs? No. Does it matter how big the
table is? No. Does it matter how heavy the table is? No. Does it matter what the table is made out
of? No.

So if a table is big or small, heavy or light, pine or oak, it doesn‘t matter. A 4-legged table cannot
stand on two legs. That‘s how our technique works.‖

DEMONSTRATION: Have your assistant lie down on her back while you sit on top and straddle her
in the mount position. Hold down her hands. ―What do we do? NOTHING.‖ Move your hands to her
throat for a choke.

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“The technique works this way.
1. Remove one table leg: Use both of your hands to grab one of their hands and secure it to
your chest (IMPORTANT: don‘t try to pull it off, just pull it in).That‘s one table leg.
2. Remove the second table leg: Take your leg, straighten it, and lay it on top of their leg
on the same side as the hand you just secured (IMPORTANT: The weight of your leg on
theirs will pin it to the floor). That‘s two table legs.
3. Now we tip the table - using your other bent leg, keep your foot on the floor and use it to
push your butt and hips upward towards the ceiling and roll in the direction of the two
trapped table legs. The attacker will go up and over.
4. Follow the roll with the attacker, putting you on top, between their legs, and strike with
multiple palm-heel strikes to the groin area (REMEMBER THE PAD DRILL?)‖

Show both sides. Repeat.

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 4o- CONTACT- Ground Defense- Turn and Tuck

This section will consist of information regarding:


 What to do and when to do it
 Turn and tuck
 Follow-up techniques

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

GROUND TECHNIQUE #2- Turn and Tuck (Shrimping)


―Great job! Let‘s do one more.

DEMONSTRATION: This time the attacker is between your legs with their hands on your throat.
This is the primary position for someone trying to facilitate a sexual assault.

“What we are going to try to do is get your foot up on his hip to prevent him from getting any
closer. BUT, in this position, most people will not have the flexibility to do that.

―So here‘s the trick. By turning on your SIDE, you dramatically increase the rage of motion of your
legs. You can now easily reach the hip.

DEMONSTRATION: Here‘s the drill---


1. Secure the attackers hands (both of them) by grabbing his wrists
2. Turn onto your RIGHT hip
3. Pull up your right foot and place it on his hip
4. Push hard and turn onto your LEFT side
5. Pull in your LEFT foot and place it on his hip
6. Return to your back, push hard with BOTH feet to create space (IMPORTANT: continue to
secure the hands/wrists; do NOT let them go; maintain that control)
7. Now KICK-KICK-KICK-KICK-KICK (Holding the hands to cause more damage and prevent
escape!) REMEMBER THE GROUD KICKING DRILL!
8. When done, release his hands/wrists and push him away - then get up and RUN!

NOTE: “A few well-placed kicks will be enough to stun your attacker and allow you time to get
away!―

REPEAT!

PRACTICE: Allow the students to practice multiple repetitions.

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MODULE 5- FINAL EVALUATION- Reality Based Response (THE SUIT)

This section will consist of information regarding:


 Effective use of techniques
 Fight til he drops
 Come out fighting!

Unit Performance Exercise: Interactive discussion, demonstration, pad striking drills


Total Delivery Time: 10 min

“OK…Time for the FINAL EXAM!”

Line all the participants up against a wall or on one side of the mat.

―There are many things that set ABC Women‘s Self-Defense apart from many other women‘s self-
defense courses.

Teaching AWARENESS (environmental, situational, and self-awareness, facts, figures, and statistics,
the real chances of you becoming a victim, what an attacker WANTS in a victim, and what an
attacker DOES NOT want, and tricks for reducing your risk of becoming a victim), BOUNDARIES
(what is a safety zone, how to define and create one, how to maintain that safety zone, and how
escalate the situation to prevent and avoid an unwanted altercation), and the CONTACT (simple self-
defense techniques, practical, functional and easy to learn, built on the same set of natural
movements, and they WORK!)

The final thing that sets us apart from many is the opportunity to try this stuff out for real.‖

ENTER THE SUIT

―We have invested in this military and law enforcement grade tactical suit to help you get the most
out of your training. This suit will allow you to practice EVERYTHING you have learned in this class,
full-on, against a real live person.

He is well-protected in the suit. He has head, body, groin, and leg protection. However, while he is
PROTECTED, he will still feel the hits. (DEMONSTRATE).‖

Here‟s the drill---


1. He will approach the line, grab you, and bring you out to the mat
2. You will DEFEND YOURSELF using all the tools taught and discussed at your disposal
(releases, yelling, palm strikes, elbows, knees, ground striking)
3. Once he has been hit hard and often enough that, if he weren‘t wearing the suit, he would
go down – he will.
4. RUN to the other side of the room (unless you want to do it again). 

KEY POINTS
1. No duck and cover! While in the class we discussed hitting to create escape, THIS is your
only opportunity to effectively practice these techniques. You hit until he goes down.
2. Open-handed hits! The shield on the helmet is hard plastic. If you PUNCH IT, it will hurt your
hand. OPEN-HAND HITS ONLY!

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3. Make it count! Strikes to the chest area are not very effective in real self-defense and will not
be effective here. Hit to the head, face, stomach, ribs, and legs. Use all of your tools!
4. Come out fighting! People who pull back and try to get away are LESS successful than those
who come out blasting! As soon as he grabs you - GET HIM!
5. When it‘s over and he‘s down, I will blow the whistle.

These exercises tend to last approximately seven seconds- some longer, some shorter, but it will be
over quickly.‖

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
―Now despite out best efforts, we can never really create a 100% realistic self-defense scenario. So
we need everyone‘s help. In order to help create the high energy, elevated stress, and adrenalin-
charged scenario of a real self-defense situation, the people on the sidelines need to yell, scream
and cheer on the person being attacked! Motivate them (GET HIM! GET HIM! KICK HIS ASS!), help
them (HIT HIM IN THE FACE! ELBOW! ELBOW! KNEE! KNEE!) and cheer them on before, during,
and after the drill. This will keep the energy high and more closely represent a real environment.

EVERYONE READY???‖

DRILL AS DESCRIBED ABOVE! GOOD LUCK!

IMPORTANT INSTUCTIONS TO THE INSTRUCTOR


It is the responsibility of the instructor in the suit to make this experience as safe as possible. While
it is intended to closely mirror a real-life self-defense scenario, we can in no way represent the
actual ferocity and carnage that may come with an actual assault.

This is an EXERCISE! And while it will be important to ―push‖ the participants to their comfortable
limit, you must keep in mind the participation of each participant throughout the class and the
limitations they may be dealing with, and work within those limits.

Take special care to use extra caution with:


 Elderly participants
 Participants with disabilities
 Participants with injuries
 Participants with mental or emotional reservations

Remember, this is an EXERCISE!---SAFETY OF THE PARTICIPANTS IS THE PROMARY


CONCERN!

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MODULE 6- CLOSING
This section will consist of information regarding:
 Final comments
 Trigger conversation
 Questions and Answers

Unit Performance Exercise: N‘A
Total Delivery Time: 5 min

“GREAT JOB ALL! Give yourselves a hand! (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE!)

And give a nice round of applause for (the guy in the suit) (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE!)

OK…you made it! You survived! You all did a great job!

In the beginning, I mentioned there were three things we wanted you to walk away with in this
class:
1. We wanted you to BE SAFE. How are we all doing? Everyone ok? Any issues, problems or
injuries? Questions, comments, concerns, or emotional breakdowns?
2. We wanted you to LEARN SOMETHING. Do you feel you learned something here today? A
practical tip to avoid being a victim? Something to keep yourself and your family safe? A
strategy or tactic to defend yourself?
3. And we wanted you to HAVE FUN! Did you have fun?

You all did AWESOME!

CLOSING
―Throughout the class, many of you had mentioned or acted in such a way that showed a certain
hesitation to hurt someone else. While I understand that completely in this class, it also spills over
into the real world. There are MANY people who have a real issue with the thought of actually
harming another human being. In fact, a survey from several years ago found that only 20% of our
front line soldiers in World War 1 actually shot at the enemy. The other 80% shot above their heads,
off to the side, or into the ground. They just could not deal with the idea of hurting another human
being. And that‘s OK, because unless you are a complete sociopath or psychopath, NO ONE enjoys
the thought of hurting another person.
But let me close out the class with one more story.‖

The Trigger
―A few years ago, a story came out of Kentucky about a young women who was home on New
Year‘s Eve with her six-month old baby getting ready to watch the ball drop on TV. Suddenly, there
was a loud banging and yelling at her door. Apparently a couple of local boys who had had way too
much to drink and were prone to some pretty violent tendencies were banging at her door and
made it very clear that they intended to break down the door, rape her, kill her, and take her
money.

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She grabbed her baby, ran upstairs, and locked herself in the bedroom just in time to hear the front
door come smashing in. In a panic, she called 911 and hysterically told the officer, ‗There are two
men breaking into my house! They are going to kill me! I have a gun (because apparently people in
Kentucky sleep with a gun under their pillow)! Can I kill them?‘ The officer responded by saying, ‗I
can‘t give you permission to kill someone, but I CAN tell you that you need to do anything you can
to protect yourself.‘

At this point, one of the men smashed the door off the hinges and was standing there with a large
hunting knife, ready to attack and kill the woman. She pointed the gun at him, pulled the trigger,
and unloaded two barrels right into his chest. He went down dead. The other man, hearing the
commotion, ran from the house. He was captured a couple of hours later by police.

A very interesting story, no doubt. A great example of real-life self-defense. But what made this
story REALLY stand out to us was her interview with police and reporters afterwards. She said that
she could never have imagined in her entire life hurting, much less killing, another human being. If
she were alone, she probably would have allowed herself to be raped and killed. BUT - she had to
protect her six-month old baby. THAT was her trigger.

Everyone has a trigger and everyone‘s trigger is different. How would your parents feel if they never
saw you again? Who would take care of your kids if you never came home? Your trigger could be
your mom, your dad, your kids, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, you dog, your cat - whatever. It‘s
your trigger and it‘s very personal. So here‘s your homework: while you are lying in bed tonight,
thinking about this class, thinking about everything we did and everything you learned, I want you
to think about YOUR trigger. What is it that YOU are fighting for?

Any questions? Give yourselves a hand! Great job everybody!‖

WRAP-UP
- Request that they put the word out about the class. The only way we spread our message is
through great referrals and word-of-mouth.
- Ask them to leave a testimonial on your ABC Facebook page and/or website.
- Take a group picture.
- Record any testimonials for any video footage you might have shot.
- Hand out reference material, info, T-shirts and business cards.
- Make sure you congratulate and shake hands with each and every participant!

Post course discussion and Q&A with all attendees.

This will be an opportunity for all attendees to review and ask questions about any techniques and
material discussed, taught, and demonstrated in the course.

Closing discussion and follow-up

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RECOMMENDED REFERENCE MATERIAL- BOOKS

The Gift of Fear


(By Gavin de Becker, 1999)
In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the man Oprah
Winfrey calls the nation's n this book, Gavin de Becker, the
man Oprah Winfrey calls the nation's leading expert on
violent behavior, shows you how to spot even subtle signs
of danger—before it's too late. Shattering the myth that
most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose
clients include top Hollywood stars and government
agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and
those you love, including...how to act when approached by
a stranger...when you should fear someone close to
you...what to do if you are being stalked...how to uncover
the source of anonymous threats or phone calls...the
biggest mistake you can make with a threatening
person...and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others
miss. It might just save your life.
RECOMMENDED READING

Protecting the Gift


(By Gavin de Becker, 2000)
All parents face the same challenges when it comes to
their children's safety: whom to trust, whom to distrust,
what to believe, what to doubt, what to fear, and what not
to fear. In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker, the
nation's leading expert on predicting violent behavior and
author of the monumental bestseller The Gift of Fear,
offers practical new steps to enhance children's safety at
every age level, giving you the tools you need to allow
your kids freedom without losing sleep yourself. With
daring and compassion, he shatters the widely held myths
about danger and safety and helps parents find some
certainty about life's highest-stakes questions: Safety skills
for children outside the home; warning signs of sexual
abuse; how to screen baby-sitters and choose schools;
strategies for keeping teenagers safe from violence; AND
MORE!
RECOMMENDED READING
RECOMMENDED SMART PHONE APPS

Get Home Safe – iphone or Get Home Safe – Android.


This app allows you to set a “safety timer” that alerts friends
and family if you do not check back on your phone within the
designated amount of time. Great way to be proactive about
your safety! Click the name of the app to download it from the
iTunes store.
RECOMMENDED APP

Invisible Alert – iPhone


In trouble? Need to send an immediate alert to friends and
family with your location? Invisible Alert allows you to send an
instantaneous alert with your GPS location to people you
designate. Only available for iPhone, but an alternative is
available: Emergency Alert
RECOMMENDED APP

Fight Like a Girl- iPhone


This App has the potential to save your or a loved one’s
life. Simply push the alert three times and be assured that help
is on the way. It sends a GPS location to your loved ones
phone or computer informing them you are in trouble. It
features both a silent alert and an audible alarm. Once the
alarm has been activated the torch on your phone turns into a
blinding strobe light. This light can either help deter potential
attackers or assist in finding your location at night.
RECOMMENDED APP

DISCLAIMER: The APPS recommended above are just a sample of the applications available for self-protection and personal
security. APP availability and functionality may vary based on type of phone, plan, and location. ABC Women’s Self-Defense™
offers these recommendations based on the stated functionality of the application and in no way takes any responsibility, stated
or implied, for the use, functions, operations, or limitations of the applications named above.