It’s been a while since I ran a workshop in our own gym. This year I’ve been to the far flung corners of Ireland teaching, but other than my regular classes and sessions, I’ve done nothing special in WG.
So it’s about time this changed.
On the 5th May, which is a Sunday, I’ll be running a workshop from 10 am to 4pm.
Over the last week or so since deciding this, I’ve been asking people, both in person and on Facebook, what information they would like to receive over these 6 hours.
The answer is an almost unanimous vote for Self Defence.
So for one day only, I swap my hat from the white hat of the conditioning coach, helping other develop their bodies, to the black hat of Self Defence instructor teaching how to destroy a body.
When I grow up, I want to be this cool!
Am I qualified to teach Self Defence?
Well here’s a very brief resume:
1995 – Achieved Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate and trained in Goshin Jitsu 2001 – Acheived Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, and learned eskrima 2005 – Got the 2nd dan in kenpo, but trained mostly in eskrima In between those certifications I travelled a fair bit and trained with some top guys in a number of other arts, I also spent a lot of time working on doors, where I got the opportunity to test out certain ideas and principles. I’ve consulted for ESTS, run by former Royal Marine Special Forces member, Steve. And more recently trained with possibly the worlds top self defence instructors, Mick Coup. Oh, and I’m one of three people in the world registered to teach the Rapid Response Knife Defence course to instructor level.
Me getting hurt in the pursuit of knowledge
So what can we learn in just 6 hours?
Well, here’s an outline:
The Avoid/Evade/Confront continuum
Don’t be THAT Zebra
Essentials of Power Generation
The 3 Basic hand/arm strikes
That doesn’t sound like much, but I promise, you won’t leave disappointed as we dig deep into each topic. I can’t abide those courses that teach a million things and by the end of the day, you’ve already forgotten half of them. I’d much rather teach a few things well. There will be a lot of practical work and I expect questions.
All in, it’ll be a grand day out.
Now the sales bit:
Date: Sunday 5th May Time: 1000 – 1600 (there will be a couple of breaks) Location: Wild Geese Cost: €50 – Booking deposit (non refundable) of 15% or so is needed to secure your place Max Attendance: 18 people, so get yourself booked! Experience needed: None Equipment Needed: Notepad & Pen, Open Mind, Enthusiasm, Water, Groin Protector, Gum Shield (optional)
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