Many self defense programs do not often teach skills that are useful for a variety of body types. This program focuses on self defense for a variety of bodies and how to navigate self defense in a college environment. I have over 25 years working in personal safety and security. I have years of martial arts training and teach students of a variety of body types and abilities. Being aware of the conceptual issues with conflating self-defense and sexual assault prevention, I have collaborated with a number of scholars to identify the best way to fill these needs.
Changing the Face of “Rape Prevention”
This series of workshops attempts to change the face of “rape prevention” self-defense courses by addressing many of the inaccessible aspects of previous courses. Many current programs for college student self-defense use techniques designed for larger, stronger individuals that can be exclusive to others. This new curriculum includes components on consent, bodily autonomy, and body-specific techniques for addressing physically dangerous situations. In our pilot tests of these techniques, students have expressed relief learning techniques that work compared to their experience in other self-defense programs.
Sexual Assault Prevention
Much of the self defense discourse in college revolves around sexual assault prevention. While we believe that self defense techniques are important to escape certain situations, we start the discussion at consent and body autonomy. We educate about consent cues and other aspects of communication such as body space, boundaries, verbal directness, and de-escalation techniques. We also understand that at times, education about consent and bodily autonomy does not prevent sexual assaults. And while self defense programs do not prevent people from violating someone’s bodily autonomy, the physical intervention of self defense can be a useful last resort.
Self Defense – What Tradition has Taught Us
This program is built on the philosophy and theory of Wing Chun Kung Fu. Invented by a woman, Wing Chun has a history of using techniques that smaller people can train to be effective in defense against larger individuals. Through learning vulnerable striking points, joint locks, strikes, stance, and more, participants can gain experience in using their bodies in defense against attackers.
Individual School Assessments
In order to best assess the needs of the students, this program can be developed for the specific needs of your university students by sending a short, 5-7 minute survey out to the student body.
Typically, my workshops will range from 1-2 hours up to a 1-2 day intensive training. We have a number of workshops for college students of all types.
1 Hour Seminar or 3 Hour Training
Self-defense myth-busting, Consent education, addressing personal concerns, and self-defense techniques.
1 Day (6 hour) Training
Components of the 3 hour seminar with added techniques for defense in a variety of situations. A particular focus on practical application
2 Day (8-12 hour) Training
Holistic self-defense. including de-escalation, consent education, practical application of self-defense techniques specialized for the school community.