BEING ON THE FLOOR IS THE LAST PLACE YOU WANT TO BE!

GRABS AND GROUND FIGHTING

'Grabs & Ground' further develops the concepts of 'Essentials' with a greater emphasis on the 'attack' scenario. We will be teaching techniques for escaping grabs and holds, and for fighting from the ground.
The ground is not your friend and getting up from it is hard to do with someone on top of you, it will always be a fight to get up, but we can show you how it can be done.

FEMALE SELF DEFENCE MOVE
FEMALE PALM STRIKING

FEMALE SELF DEFENCE

SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND MEMORABLE TECHNIQUES AND TACTICS TO KEEP YOU SAFE!

In an increasingly violent world the ability to defend yourself is becoming ever more important. There are many simple defence techniques and stategies that women should be aware of to stop them becoming a victim, and we can teach you them.

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Or if you would like a private class or small group session then we can organise this as well.  Don't hesitate, take action now!

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TEAM PHOTO OF THE END OF A FEMALE SELF DEFENCE WORKSHOP

Verbal Abuse

When someone repeatedly uses words to demean, frighten, or control someone, it's considered verbal abuse. You're likely to hear about verbal abuse in the context of a romantic relationship or a parent-child relationship. 
Racism, xenophobi, sizist, sexism and more are often the driving force and fuel for verbal abuse.

Mental Abuse

​Mental or emotional abuse is often misunderstood or overlooked, but it is no less damaging than any other kind of abuse.

  • Intimidation and threats

  • Criticism

  • Undermining

  • Being made to feel guilty

  • Economic abuse

  • Telling you what you can and can’t do

Physical Assault

An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact upon a person or, in some specific legal definitions, a threat or attempt to commit such an action. It is both a crime and a tort and, therefore, may result in criminal prosecution, civil liability, or both.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which: violates your dignity. makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated. creates a hostile or offensive environment.

 Sexual Assault

If someone intentionally grabs or touches you in a sexual way that you don't like, or you’re forced to kiss someone or do something else sexual against your will, that’s sexual assault.

This includes sexual touching of any part of someone’s body, and it makes no difference whether you’re wearing clothes or not. Anyone can be sexually assaulted and both men and women can commit sexual assault.

 Murder

Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human with malice aforethought.

BASIC SELF DEFENCE ATTACKS

 

CDA's guide to staying safe!

- ‘Attitude’ is key.

- Be the merecat - head on a swivel.

- Don’t be scared, be prepared - face your fears.

- Listen to your instincts.

- Don’t be embarrassed into inaction - do something!

- Attack the squishy bits!!

REALISTIC SELF DEFENCE TRAINING IN A FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

AT COMBINED DEFENSIVE ARTS WE MAKE EVERYONE FEEL WELCOME

Violence is not a nice thing to think about, and is a scary thing to go and study, BUT you need not fear, CDA is a friendly and welcoming space for you to learn.  We make sure that you receive a warm welcome and that your concerns and anxieties are listened to,  The training is fun although serious, physical but accessible to all.  

- Simple techniques to apply and remember
- Risk avoidance strategies
- Confidence and mind set development

We cater for all fitness levels and abilities, we encourage discussion and debate along with practical exercises and practice, and we always have a giggle on the day.

Next Workshop is Saturday 10th July, 2pm - 5pm.

We FIGHT out of LOVE for our family and friends, not out of ANGER!  We just want to get home safe and live a good life!

This is how we approach our training, and this is what gives us the strength to survive in difficult situations.

 

CDA recognises that the fault of violence towards women lays with the men/women who perpetrate the crime, but until we can fix that problem with society women face potential threats to their safety.  These threats can be minimised with the correct training and mindset. 

We run group workshops throughout the year as well as offering private or small group sessions.  The aim of the training is to give a basic overview of the facts, a sharp reality check, and a realistic appraisal of your options should something happen.
We cover types of assault, the law, strategies and tactics, and physical response options.  Our goal is not to make fighters but to help you survive.

PROTECTED INSTRUCTOR GETTING SLAPPED BY A SELF DEFENCE STUDENT

Natalie

"Thank you so much for the self defence class, it was great, my friends thought it was fantastic too, it was helpful and fun - we will definately come to the next one"

Quotation mark

Mel

Honestly the best self defence class I've been to. No theatrics, just very practical with effective moves that I feel would remember and work. I think every girl should do this course.

Quotation mark

STRATEGIES

TACTICS

THE LAW

AVOIDANCE

AWARENESS

ACTION

TWO WOMEN PRACTICING KNIFE DEFENCE

GETTING THE ESSENTIALS RIGHT

PHSYCOLOGY, MIND SET, REALISM

'Essentials' covers the psychology of an attack, evasive and preventative strategies and tactics. In addition we foster an understanding of range, distance, defensive structures, targeting and attacking tools. 
These skills aim to keep you in the high percentile area of safety, but teach you multi level skills to enable escape options should an attack occur.
We cannot guarantee your survival, that is down to you.  Having the right mind set and approach are critical to make any skills we give you work.

How physical are the workshops?

We cater for all physical abilities and skills, ideally we want participants to get as active as they can as a large part of the training is learning and practicing techniques to go along with the training.  But it is not really hard and all levels of fitness will cope.  We cover a lot of theory and strategies etc too.

Do you do private 1:1 classes?

YES we offer sessions for individuals or groups.  Obviously private classes are more expensive so if you have a freind or two to come with you it works out cheaper.

But 1:1 sessions mean you get much more attention to help you develop and learn faster.

How often do you run the workshops?

We try to run at least 3 a year, if none of these suit then you can book a private female self defence session.

How many workshops/classes do i need to do?

Our workshops are designed to give basic skills and knowledge, and obviously the more you attend the more you will be able to remember, and the better you will be preparred and skilled should something occur.  We want you to leave a self defence workshop with useful skills that will last a life time.  But the more you put in the more you get out.  We have had some attendies attend 3 workshops over a couple of years.

Please come in every day clothes, you can wear sports clothing if this is something you regularly wear.  It is shoes off in the training area, and we advise bringing some water with you.  Other than that just bring an open mind and a willingness to listen, learn and get stuck in.

What do i need to bring/wear?

Frequently Asked Questions!

Combined Defensive Arts
Unit 9, Shaftesbury Industrial Estate, 
The Runnings, Cheltenham GL51 9NH

Call Lee on 07852288654 or
Jojo on 01242 437101

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