What is self defense

Self-defense is a practical & tactical system which teaches you how to prevent, deal with & overcome all kinds of violence & attacks.The techniques practiced in self-defense reflect real world situations.

When an individual is attacked in an unknown surrounding, there is no way of knowing how many attackers one might encounter and from where.Therefore, students of self-defense are taught how to attack the vulnerable parts of the body to fend off an attack.

Benefits of Self-Defense

Physical benefits
  • Increase in strength & stamina
  • Faster reflexes & increase in agility
  • Better muscle tone
  • Greater awareness of one's surroundings

Psychological benefits

Self-Defense practitioners are aware that they can defend themselves in any situation. This results in -

  • Self confidence
  • Self-belief
  • Lower stress levels
  • Peace of mind

When is Self Defense Needed?

While it is essential to know basic self-defense techniques, it is also important to understand when these techniques are to be used.

  • Self-defense techniques are only to be used as a last resort. If such a situation can be avoided, avoid it. If you sense trouble, walk away – don’t stand there and wait for something to happen.

  • These techniques are not meant to be used to bully or intimidate other people, nor to be tried in jest. We do not encourage anyone to initiate any sort of physical violence.

  • Also, one must be fully committed when using these techniques, meaning thereby, that a half-hearted attempt could potentially land you in further trouble. If you decide to use these techniques in order to protect yourself or someone else, you must fully engage in order to neutralize the threat. Once the immediate threat has been neutralized, get away from the attacker, leave the scene. Don’t stand there and admire your work. You don’t want a situation where your attacker has a chance to call for back-up or reinforcements.

  • One must also understand how these techniques work and its implications. If practiced correctly, they can cause serious injury and even potential death – so be very careful.

Things to keep in mind

  • Be Aware of your surroundings
  • Keep the exit points in mind
  • Walk away if possible
  • Don’t initiate confrontation
  • Trust your gut instinct
  • Don’t ignore any suspicious person or activity
  • Never hesitate to raise an alarm.
  • If you do decide to fight, engage fully, not half-heartedly
  • Give yourself a window to escape
  • Escape immediately
  • If required, use everyday items for self-defense
    • Pens & Pencils
    • Keys, Key Rings
    • Comb
    • Hair Pins, Hair Sticks, Hair Bands
    • Chuni, Duppata
    • Hand Bags
    • Mobile Phones
    • Deos, Perfumes
    • Files, Books, Note Books
    • Goggles, Specs
    • Shoes, Sandals, High Heels

While on the road…
  • If possible, try to avoid the same time and same routine
  • Bring confidence in your style. Walk confidently, talk confidently
  • Don’t look down while walking
  • Never walk on the road, always use footpaths

While travelling..
  • Stay alert, act smart
  • Metro is the safest form of public transport
  • When using an auto-rickshaw, take driver information, vehicle no & share it with someone
  • While driving, lock your doors, especially at red lights.
  • Don’t give lifts to unknown people

Self-Defense Basics explained

Stance (upright)

The stance is the basis of all martial arts or self-defense training. A proper stance gives the body balance and stability. The ability to defend against an attack under any circumstances depends largely upon the maintenance of a proper stance.

In an upright stance, the legs are shoulder-width apart and the rear foot a half-step in front. Right-handed people lead with the left foot and fist. Both feet are parallel, and the back heel is off the ground. The lead fist is held vertically about six inches in front of the face at eye level. The rear fist is held beside the chin and the elbow tucked against the ribcage to protect the body.

Even if one is unable to get into a proper stance, one must assume a ‘ready’ position, meaning thereby being in a position where the weight is equally balanced on both legs enabling one to move in any direction quickly.

Basic Strikes used during self-defense

  • Straight Kick – It is a straight forward kick directly to the front. It can be delivered forward, or upwards to attack the groin, thigh or knee. It is a relatively simple strike to learn and doesn’t require great flexibility. One can use either leg for this strike.

  • Straight Punch – It is the quickest strike and if delivered correctly, almost impossible for an untrained person to spot let alone block or defend. It is used to strike the solar plexus, chin or the nose. A single strike can leave the other person dazed for a long time.

  • Knee Strike – A knee kick is most effectively thrown in close quarters or when someone is lunging at you. A knee is used for striking the ribs, side of thighs or the groin area. If someone is trying to tackle you around the waist or take you down by grabbing your legs, introduce his face to your knee.

  • Elbow Strike – It is a strike with the point of the elbow, the part of the forearm nearest to the elbow, or the part of the upper arm nearest to the elbow. It is a very effective strike which can be delivered in any direction (sideways, upwards, downwards and even diagonally)

Topics covered during the Self-Defense Course (click to expand/ collapse)

In our self-defense workshops, we tackle real life scenarios. We teach the participants what to do in case of a

  • Hand grab
  • Neck grab
  • Collar Grab
  • Attack from behind
  • Hair grab
  • Knife attack
  • Gun attack
  • Attack from the side
  • Attack from the front/ Charging attack
  • Situation where you have been pinned down to the ground

These and various other situations can be handled in a variety of different ways. There is no one way to handle one kind of attack. There are multiple techniques that can be used in case of any one of these attacks. We teach the same by the following techniques -

  • Essentials for Self Defense
    • Understanding the concept of self-defense
    • Clearing myths regarding self-defense
    • Understanding the vulnerable areas of the human body
  • Basic Strikes
    • Straight Kick
    • Straight Punch
    • Knee Strike
    • Elbow Strike
  • Advanced Strikes
    • Striking with the palms, shin, nails etc
    • Striking the vulnerable parts of the body to cause maximum damage
    • Multiple strike combos
  • Escape & Evasion - How to avoid any attack or prevent a situation from escalating. This can be achieved by
    • Maintaining constant and direct eye contact
    • Positive body language
    • Keeping the exit routes in mind
    • Avoiding confrontation unless absolutely necessary
  • Take-downs
    • How to bring down your attacker without causing damage to yourself
    • A take-down is all about technique and momentum, not about the size and strength
  • Ground Fighting
    • Fighting on the ground
    • Ground and pound – quick decisive striking to cause maximum damage
  • Using everyday items as Weapons
    • Understanding how to use regular items such as combs, purses, wallets, safety pin & other items at hand to protect oneself in a self-defense situation
  • Locks & holds
    • Putting your attacker in a hold or a lock so as to ensure he’s unable to attack to attack again and the threat is completely neutralized.
    • These are however, complicated techniques, and need regular practice to be able to perfect
  • Chokes
    • How to choke out an opponent without causing permanent damage or death (only to be applied in case of an extreme scenario)
  • Mental Conditioning – is the most important aspect of self-defense
    • Being alert & aware of your surroundings
    • Remaining calm under duress & not panicking
    • Thinking clearly
    • Engaging fully or avoiding contact
    • Thinking clearly
    • Self-confidence
    • Self-belief

Self-defense Tips (click to expand/ collapse)
  • Trust yourself – Always trust your gut instinct. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a situation, act on it. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you feel unsafe.

  • Set clear boundaries – If you feel that someone is invading your ‘private space’, tell him to back off in clear terms. Make direct eye contact, don’t look down or look away.

  • Better Safe than sorry – If you feel that you are in trouble or that someone is stalking or eying you, try to avoid walking alone or walking in an isolated area. Even if you’re by yourself you can walk close to another group. If that is also unavoidable, stay very alert. Keep the exit points in mind – that is areas by which you can escape. If you feel uneasy, you can also shout or make a loud noise to startle the other person. It is better to be paranoid than be in a situation that you later regret.

  • Use everyday items as weapons – In case you feel a confrontation is unavoidable, make sure you stop the attacker before he has a chance to pounce on you. In order to this you can use everyday items such as pens, combs, heels ( if you’re wearing them), fingernails, purse against the potential threat. But make sure that your strike is decisive and you have enough time to get away from that person. You must not engage half-heartedly. The attack must render him unable to fight back for a few moments at least. By attacking first, you also take away the element of surprise from him.

  • Don’t be a hero, leave – Once you’ve tackled the immediate threat, don’t stand or hang around there and wait for something else to happen. Leave the place immediately. We have no way of knowing what help the attacker might have so leave before you have a chance to find out.

  • Attack the vulnerable points – Attack the vulnerable parts of the body ( eg: groin, eyes, nose, solar plexus, throat ) – No matter how strong or well-built a person is, there are areas in the body that will always be weak. Even a slight hit to these sensitive areas will result in extreme pain

  • Be Confident – Be confident in your abilities. The first part to defending yourself is actually believing you can do so. Also bring confidence in every aspect of your life. Walk confidently on the street. Look people in the eye. A person who appears confident is less likely to be targeted than someone who appears shy or scared.

  • Keep calm, think straight – A sane mind will go a long way in helping you fight off a desperate situation. The ability to think calmly forms the basis of all self-defense techniques. Even the best martial artist would not be able to defend himself if he panicked. Look at the options available and go with what seems best at the point – flailing the arms and legs wildly without any technique would serve no purpose and you would get tired very easily. For eg: if someone is in close proximity, and you feel as if you’ve no space, instead of panicking and thinking “what do I do”, think of the ways you can use that proximity to your advantage – knee him in the groin, use your heels to step on his toes, kick him on the shin – these are just some of the many options available

  • Be alert – Be aware of your surroundings. Know the exit points. Try to stay away from the corners. Try to avoid streets and alleys with low/no visibility or blind spots

  • Walk in the opposite direction of traffic – This way you can always have a look at the oncoming traffic. Also, walk on the footpath instead of walking on the side of the road. In almost all cases of chain snatching, the bikers don’t even need to stop as the victim is walking on the road. Even in cases of abduction, it would be much harder for someone to stop the car, get out grab you and push you back in if you’re on the footpath as compared to walking on the side. Moreover, this would give you a few extra seconds to escape/scream for help which might be the difference between getting kidnapped and escaping.

  • Engage fully – When you decide to use force as a means of self-defense make sure your strike causes enough damage that it gives you time to escape that location. A lot of women only hit half-heartedly which only angers the attacker even more. When you decide to hit, you have to make sure that the person can’t chase you down or get up for the next 30 seconds ( at the least ). By attacking first, you also take away the element of surprise from him.

  • Raise an alarm – It is better to be paranoid than sorry. Always trust your gut instinct. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable in a situation, act on it. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you feel unsafe. It is better to be paranoid than be in a situation that you later regret.

  • Don’t be a hero, leave – Once you’ve tackled the immediate threat, don’t stand or hang around there and wait for something else to happen. Leave the place immediately. We have no way of knowing what help the attacker might have or who he might call, so leave before you have a chance to find out.

You no longer need to feel helpless or depend on anyone else for your protection. Learn these techniques, practice them regularly and feel more confident about yourself.


Why Corporate Self Defense is needed

More than a year has elapsed since the horrific gang-rape incident in Delhi, yet things have hardly changed. Women still continue to feel unsafe stepping out of their homes alone.

The authorities have, for most part been unable to provide the requisite safety. In such desperate times, it is a must for every person to possess a method/ means by which they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

There has been an alarming increase in the rate of crime in Delhi-NCR, especially against women. Working women are especially vulnerable as they often travel alone. Moreover, most company employees follow a fixed schedule with regards to their route and time which can easily be tracked by an assailant.

But not just women, even the male employees should engage in self-defense training as this is something which is useful to everyone. If not for yourself, it may come in handy in protecting someone else or someone you care about.

What a Self-Defense workshop entails

  • Irrespective of age or size, whether it’s a working woman, a college-going girl or a housewife, anyone can learn a set of defensive techniques carefully selected & developed by our professionals.
  • This special workshop has been developed using elements from various martial arts (such as judo, karate, kung fu etc) as well as the unarmed combat taught in armies.
  • In addition to the techniques, an important aspect of the self-defense program is making the participants mentally tough.Even people with strong bodies and excellent skill sets often fail to defend themselves in extreme circumstances due to intense nervousness. The ability to think calmly and clearly forms the basis for all self-defense techniques.

Topics Covered during the workshop

  • Essentails for Self Defense – Understanding the concept of Self-defense & how it works
  • Identifying threats and avoiding conflict
  • Importance of raising an alarm
  • Basic Strikes
  • Advanced Strikes
  • Take-downs
  • Escape & Evasion
  • Using everyday items as self-defense tools & weapons
  • Travelling safely
  • Mental Conditioning

Why you should choose Endzone

Endzone was started in 2009 and we’ve been providing Self-defense training since then. Moreover, our instructors are trained martial artists and self-defense experts with multiple years of training experience and have conducted hundreds of workshops during their career.

However, over the past year and half, since the horrific incident of December 16, many new organizations have propped which claim to offer self-defense training. Unlike Endzone instructors, most other trainers are not equipped with the skill set to offer training which can help you in a real life situation. Self-defense is not just about punching and kicking. It’s about being aware, identifying the threat, avoidance if possible, negating the threat and finally escape. So don’t be fooled by someone offering a cheaper solution.

Endzone Others
We offer reality and scenario based self-defense training. We use elements from not just one martial art, but multiple martial arts as well as army’s unarmed combat. We take actual situations and demonstrate multiple ways of tackling it. Others will offer you basic Martial Arts Training (such as karate or taekwondo) in the name of Self Defense. Martial Arts training is different from self-defense training.
The techniques we teach can be picked be very quickly and can actually be used in a real life situation. These are very simple, yet effective techniques that can be used by anyone regardless of their age, size or fitness level. These are great for fitness purposes or competitions but are not very useful as far as self-defense is concerned. You would need months, if not years of training to be able to use these techniques for self-defense.
The ability to think clearly and calmly forms the basis for all self-defense techniques. We teach our participants about awareness and how to be alert in all situations. We ensure the participants gain knowledge as well as confidence. Others focus only on the physical aspect of self-defense. Self-defense is as much about self-confidence and mental alertness as it is about techniques. Even the best martial artist will fail to defend himself if he can’t think calmly in a crisis

Previous Clients

For Self-Defense, we can provide trainers for

  • Corporate workshops
  • Regulcar sessions at the office/ workplace
  • Personal sessions
  • Group classes
  • Community/ neighbourhood classes
  • Trainers for institute & gyms
  • Trainers for schools

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