Practical Self Defense
A formalized program of simple and effective techniques that can be used in real-world practical applications of self protection. Derived from Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, and Karate, this class incorporates the most important techniques from a variety of scenarios, including grabs, strikes, ground/rape defense, confined space, weapons and multiple attackers. Focus is on awareness, balance, safety, and escape. Advanced students will learn to refine techniques to be capable of safely detaining an attacker.
Though Practical Self Defense shares many common threads with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and other programs at BMAA, the curriculum and emphasis are very different. While MMA seeks to engage in an evenly matched fight with specific rules, weight classes, and safety measures, Practical Self Defense deals with real world “street” situations where attackers do not follow rules and typically have a perceived advantage (a gun or knife, size or strength, many attackers). Practical Self Defense deals primarily with these disadvantaged situations, emphasizing overall safety and survivability over tradition or flashy technique.
Practical Self Defense is a medium-paced, non-competitive class where students work together in pairs to learn effective techniques, escapes, psychology, safe falls, and efficient movement in order to escape dangerous situations. Class is conducted on the mats in a safety conscious environment. This class is suitable for ages 14 and up.