Saturday, June 19, 2010

Self Defense in Public Health System

In reference to the F.B.I. Crime Index simple assault incidents grew in the US at a rate of 17% from 1997 to 1998, while forced sex offenses rose 450%.

According to the National Victim Center in the United States 1.3 women are raped every minute for a total of 638,280 rapes committed each year. One out of every three American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. The U.S. has the world's highest rape rate of all the countries which publish sexual assault statistics.

These statistics show that there is a need for a simple and effective system of self-defense for people with no special skills in defense techniques and with an average fitness level.

Nationwide education in this field can remarkably reduce these statistics.

Self defense should be a part of physical education program in schools and colleges.

It is important that when practicing the techniques, a controlled environment be set-up and when available a certified instructor be present when practicing the techniques. They may be too strenuous or dangerous for some people and they should consult a physician before engaging in self defense training.

This course should be the practical instruction for the learning strategies, tactics and techniques of self-defense against unarmed and armed opponents. The program should be oriented to people with average fitness levels. The course should combine the best technical elements, from different types of Martial Arts, in original and adapted forms and included in this system.

There are different parts of the body, which can be used as instruments in defense techniques. Your forehead, back of your head, fingers formed in certain positions, the edge of your palm, a fist, an elbow, a knee, your feet, toes and heels can be effectively used in critical situations. You also can use successful passive defenses such as blocks, moves and stances, which can allow you to develop an effective defense.

There are over 50 vital points on a human body (sensitive skeletal points, or painful points on organs and nerve centers). Adding this knowledge to your defensive repertory can enable you to better protect yourself, family and friends, in extreme situations.

For an active defense you should know these points on your body and be able to protect them as well as successfully use this knowledge against an attacker.

There are more than 10,000 different types of defense techniques. It is not practical or necessary to learn all of them due to the time and effort involved in the process. Even experts usually only know about 150-200 basic applications. They are trained to perform these techniques automatically.

The system should be based on three basic principles:
1. Effectiveness:
There are many techniques which are of value in each situation. I have chosen the one which, I think, will allow you to defeat an attacker in the shortest time.

2. Simplicity:
From the various techniques for any particular situation, the one which was chosen is the simplest (from a technical point of view), because in real conditions even high skill techniques can be significantlyaffectedby stress and threats to your life. At the same time when you have limited time for training, the simpler technique is the better, because you can "digest" it more easily. Special attention was paid to matching the principle of "simplicity" with the principle of "unification".

3. Unification:
It is known that every complex technique can be broken down into simple individual components like "blocks". Techniques with more common "blocks" were chosen because you can learn to do them automatically (as a reflex, without thinking).

This system should be designed as a self-learning system. This means that most of the techniques can be mastered in any environment. You would need only one opponent, but often you can practice even without an opponent, using:
- Shadow training.
- Different objects for practicing punches, kicks etc.
For the convenience of learning the material, every lesson should have a typical plan:
- The opponent's position;
- The technique;
- The preparation for the technique;
- Instructions;
- Possible variants;
- Possible counter by the opponent.
This course as a part of physical education program can deliver many benefits for participants as well as for public health and safety with very little investment.

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