One thing I've been thinking about alot recently is the notion of "escape" in a self defence context and how it can be drilled in a class. It's something I struggle to put into physical practice even though I know (as Iain says) it's so much more than just telling people to simply "run away". I think there's a real gap in the market for a series of drills and ways of training this. Something with a structure and progression that people can integrate into their classes (much in the same way people are integrating practical kata bunkai).
Iain recently put a short description and photos of one such drill on facebook (a sort of smash and dash type drill) and that's prompted this thread.
It immediately but some substance onto the thoughts I'd been having and was a bit of an "aha" moment.
So rather than Iain show his approach (as I said I think there's room for a DVD of this kind of thing) how do other people tackle this type of thing? What sort of drills?
One drill I came up with was for people to start laying face down on the floor being held down by the pad holder (between the shoulder blades). They then get to their feet (against appropriate resistance), hit the pads 5 times with venom and sprint to a designated spot. A third (or forth or fifth!) person can be in place to try and stop them getting there (like a british bulldog type situation). So people are learning to fight back against a poor position, aggressive striking to counter and also observational skills as they try to escape by spotting who is in their way, dodging and evading movements, etc.