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Self Defence for Women (Urban Krav Maga)
Krav Maga training is a valuable and well proven tool to increase women's safety and prevent sexual assaults.
Obviously, knowing how to protect yourself is a major skill. It's like car insurance, you don't want to use it but it's good to have it. Just in case.
And it makes a difference.
Unfortunately, too many women have been taught to believe that they “can’t” defend themselves, or that “fighting back doesn’t do any good” against an attack.
This is not true. It's time to transform mentalities.
Women don't need men to protect them; Women need to be empowered.
Self-defence is also about prevention, learning how to set boundaries, assert yourself and safely de-escalate situations.
As far as techniques go, there shouldn't be much difference between self-defence for women and self-defence for men. Simply because in the end, whether you're a guy or a girl, it's always about fighting against a bigger, stronger aggressor.
Urban Fit & Fearless group classes offer the perfect environment for that.
Why is Urban Krav Maga particularly adapted for women self-defence?
The techniques I teach come from one of the world top self-defence systems: Urban Krav Maga (UKM).
It was originally founded by martial arts expert Stewart McGill with the objective to be the most practical and leveraged reality based self-defence available.
The system emphasises functionality, simplicity and leverage rather than strength. It's based on quick reactions and swift movements. That makes it particularly adapted against bigger and stronger opponents.
Anyone can learn self-defence techniques, anyone can apply those techniques and although size does matter, I show how techniques can negate the size of an aggressor and equalize a situation.
Techniques are built upon the body's natural instincts and are easy to assimilate and apply regardless of age, gender, athletic attributes or body type.
In other words, it's practical and functional.
Urban Krav Maga (UKM) draws on a range of martials arts including Krav Maga, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Traditional Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Vale Tudo and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
What sets UKM apart from other self-defence systems, though, is its phenomenal ground-fighting component.
Most fights naturally end up on the ground and, in the case of sexual assaults, that's where most of the action will take place so it's critical to have a good grappling knowledge.
UKM owes the exceptional quality of its ground-fighting to Chief Instructor Leo Negao.
Leo is a 4-time Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) World Champion whose competitive track record in BJJ, Grappling, Vale Tudo and MMA, stands for itself. You can't get any better when it comes to ground-fighting.
Urban Fit & Fearless helps empowering women through self defence training.
In a friendly and supportive environment,
- We'll encourage you to step out of your comfort zone
- We'll teach you to assert and stand up for yourself
- We'll equip you with the skills to defend yourself and to deal with aggressive behaviour
- You'll learn to channel adrenaline and operate under stress
- You'll develop fighting spirit and resilience
- You'll improve your physical condition with full body workouts
You can try and see for yourself in our public classes:
Every Wednesday 7:30-9:00 pm.
Classes are beginner friendly, typically 50% female, and just round the corner:
The Scout Hut, 212 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BY
Urban Fit & Fearless Women's self-defence seminars:
Although mixed group classes are great, it is also important to recognise that women face specific threats and for this reason I run seminars that address these threats.
I also understand that many women can feel intimidated by mixed classes, so starting with a women-only seminar can help them.
During the women self-defence seminars, we explore various scenarios around the kind of attacks that female are most likely to face. For example, being held down onto the ground.
The students learn to identify the specific threat and quickly respond with the appropriate techniques in order to escape the assault which can take different forms depending on the aggressor’s size, how the action unfolds, how fast the victim reacts, etc.
What they thought of the seminars:
I went to this seminar last year and it was really good and I would heartily recommend it. It was my second session of Urban Krav Maga and it was so much fun, so useful and so engaging that I have been going to Patrice's weekly classes when I can since and I have become much fitter and stronger.
Rachel - London SE24
... A fantastic introduction to self defense, comprehensive teaching and great fun… even if it does leave every muscle in your body aching for a couple of days afterwards. [click to read full review]
Freya - London WC2
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