I have been asked by a youth group that I work with to put together a Self Defence course, it has to be relatively short probably over just three hour/hour and half long sessions.
I have been asked to take a lead on it because of my experience in Karate however given the time constraints I think the focus will be more on awareness etc than actual martial arts type aspects. As a general rule when teaching Karate I tend to put these discussions in as we go along and have never set to thinking how I would teach/train these aspects in isolation.
I plan to break down the sessions as follows and would appreciate any input that other may have as to what should be included or not. Also if anyone has any good reference material. For reference the course is based in the UK.
Session 1 - Classroom Based
Violence in the UK - Discussion of potentially violent scenarios, what people could expect to be faced with, what worries they may have
Realities of Violence - Why do people want to hurt us, what can happen (single punches leading to people falling and hitting heads on concrete etc.)
Awareness - Situational awareness, avoiding potentially dangerous scenarios
Self Defence and the Law
Session 2 - Hall based
Roleplay based session dealing with two main areas:
Situational awareness and conflict avoidance/escape.
Verbal and body language skills
Session 3 - Hall based
Physical responses, pre-emptive strikes, hit and run, concentration on gross motor skills. Potential of dealing with more than one attacker or attacker plus friends. Also have more than one person with you. Some of this would have been played out in the previous session.
I am conscious that I can't cover that much in such a short amount of time however I feel that it is more important to cover the information in sessions 1 and 2 and session 3 is really only an introduction giving basic principles.
Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated.