What is Self Defence?

The use of knowledge and controlled force to protect yourself against someone who is attacking. (Collins English Dictionary)

Benefits of Self Defence

Not only does self defence allow children to tangibly defend themselves against physical attacks, it also sparks various benefits to them in everyday life. Important values and principles can be learned, such as hard work, dedication, and perseverance, as well as the importance of maintaining personal relationships.

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Why Learn Self Defence at School?

Approximately 1 in 4 students experience bullying every week and although this is a statistic that we are not proud of, the benefits of developing skills to protect yourself are now recognised as important to the wellbeing of our children. However, self-defence skills are much more than this. They can also establish self-awareness and awareness of potentially dangerous situations, all of this whilst learning and understanding the consequences and outcome of their actions. Improve self-discipline, develop self-confidence, improve fitness, develop physical skills and hands-on experience, and increase communication skills. Although some schools are hesitant to consider this activity in their programs, these are techniques and skills everyone should know. Studies show that teaching students correct defence techniques can actually reduce violence in schools. Call our team today to discuss the needs of your school community.

“Self Defense is not just a set of techniques, it's a state of mind and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.”
– Ronian Gracie

Proactivity Self Defence Programs align with the Victorian Curriculum

Although our instructors are black belts in Karate, the techniques taught, require no martial arts background. They are easy to learn, effective techniques anyone can use. Students who complete our courses develop their self-confidence and an awareness of the environment around them.

Our team delivers programs that covers the a number of the most common self defence situations. This program is something everyone of all ages should have knowledge and training in and is ideal for teens and young adults.

The Program covers a wide range ofareas including : Common scenarios in public areas, common locks, holds and pins, weapon attacks, knowing / understanding your surroundings, plus lots more.

The Proactivity Self Defence program will cover the following:

  1. Physical component - Running through various self-defence techniques including blocking, striking and controlling techniques.
  2. Verbal component - Tips/Ideas (For example, what to do when you're at an ATM, don't put your purse underneath your arm).
  3. Awareness component - Awareness Scenarios, eg. Safety at a party and knowing your surroundings.

The whole program is interactive and the only equipment we require from the school is space and gym mats are great too - so we can teach "how to break your fall".

Curriculum links and program details

Secondary School

Curriculum Links

Years 7 & 8

Moving the body
Use feedback to improve body control and coordination when performing specialised movement skills.

Compose and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts.

Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement

Participate in physical activities that develop health-related and skill-related fitness components.

Demonstrate and explain how the elements of effort, space, time, objects and people can enhance performance.

Learning through movement
Practise and apply personal and social skills when undertaking a range of roles in physical activities.

Years 9 & 10

Moving the body
Perform and refine specialised movement skills in challenging movement situations.

Compose and perform movement sequences for specific purposes in a variety of contexts. Practise, apply and transfer movement concepts and strategies.

Understanding movement
Analyse the impact of effort, space, time, objects and people when composing and performing movement sequences.

Learning through movement
Transfer understanding from previous movement experiences to create solutions to movement challenges.

Learning Objectives Learning Activities

Week 1

  • Students build a sound awareness of their surroundings and understand common scenarios in public areas whereby self-defence may be required.
  • Students will learn Blocking, Striking and Kicking techniques.
  • Students will learn about control and what is considered excessive force.
  • Students will learn about techniques on how to react appropriately to Bullying (this includes social environment and social media).
  • Stretches and self-defence shadow moves.
  • Basic awareness and observation Part 1 (what to do in a certain situations)
  • Basic Defence techniques.
  • Stretches and Q&A on session.

Week 2

  • Students will recap previous learning objectives, refining each of these skills.
  • Students will learn about countering techniques (including kick defense).
  • Stretches and self-defence shadow moves.
  • Basic strikes and controlling
  • Countering techniques (including kick defense)
  • Stretches and Q&A on session.

Week 3

  • Students build a sound awareness of their surroundings and understand common scenarios in public areas whereby self-defence may be required.
  • Students will learn Blocking, Striking and Kicking techniques.
  • Students will learn about control and what is considered excessive force.
  • Students will learn about common locks, holds and pins.
  • Stretches and self-defence shadow moves.
  • Basic awareness and observation part 2
  • Basic takedowns and controls, locks, holds and pins (for Both Males and Females specific).
  • Stretches and Q&A on session.

Week 4

  • Students will build their understanding of common weapon attacks and controlling / countering techniques.
  • Students will learn about responsibility and consequences of their actions.
  • Stretches and self-defence shadow moves.
  • Common weapon attacks and controlling / countering techniques.
  • Basic takedowns and controls, locks, holds and pins (for Both Males and Females specific).
  • Basic awareness/observation part 3, and Q&A on session.
  • Stretches and Q&A on session.

Capabilities: Personal & Social

Self-Awareness and Management

  • This strand involves students in identifying and describing the factors that influence their emotional responses.
  • Students develop the knowledge and skills to regulate, manage and monitor their emotions.
  • They develop a realistic sense of their personal strengths and have a realistic assessment of their own achievements and a sense of self-knowledge and self-confidence.
  • They identify personal characteristics and interpret their own emotional states, needs and perspectives.
  • Students develop skills to work independently and to show initiative, learning to be conscientious, delaying gratification and persevering in the face of setbacks and frustrations.

Social Awareness and Management

    This strand involves students recognising others’ feelings and knowing how and when to assist others. Students learn to show respect for and understand others’ perspectives, emotional states and needs.
  • They learn to participate in positive, safe and respectful relationships, defining and accepting individual and group roles and responsibilities.
  • Students gain an understanding of the role of advocacy in contemporary society and build their capacity to critique societal constructs and forms of discrimination.
  • This strand involves students interacting effectively and respectfully with a range of adults and peers.
  • Students learn to negotiate with others; work in teams, positively contribute to groups and collaboratively make decisions; develop leadership skills, resolve conflict and reach positive outcomes.
  • Students develop the ability to initiate and manage successful personal relationships.

Contact our team today and discuss with our team the needs of your students and school. We can adapt our programs to suit the many different environments of schools.

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