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Self Defense for people with disabilities

Self Defense for people with disabilities

Self Defense with disabilities.

We all have disabilities in some way. There are somethings we can do very well and other things, well…not so much. That’s just the way we’re put together and your abilities change from day to day, week to week.

Self Defense Company Instructor Roger Jones teaching the Self Defense Training System to a group of disabled students at Bergen Community College.maker put us together. In self defense, as in life, it’s our responsibility to figure out what we do best and focus our efforts on developing that talent.

We’re not the same person we were yesterday.

The one thing that never changes is change. We get old, sick, injured, overweight and in some other way impaired. Hey, stuff just wears out!

The problem is if you’re not consistently training, in your mind, you’re still the person you remember in our prime, not the person you are now.

You can enjoy that disillusion until you actually try to do the things you did before. If anyone has kids, teaches or coaches…you know. Eventually the worm turns for us all.

Then you’re reminded (usually accompanied by a fist full of Advil)  that you’re not that person anymore and you must find the courage to accept your state of physical and mental readiness and adapt.

While I’m not the same person I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I’m a lot smarter than that knucklehead. So I find my “self defense work arounds” to accomplish the same job.

Training is about learning and exploration. After you’ve learned something, you need to review it, not only to keep sharp, but to make sure you can still do it! And if you can’t do it, you need to come up with a new solution.

That’s how you “TRAIN HONESTLY.”

Be honest with yourself and be honest with the problem.

With that in mind it doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, disabled, older, smaller…etc – the process of exploration and assessment is the same for everyone – figure out what works for you NOW and concentrate on it.

So when people ask if we offer specific self defense training for people with disabilities, the elderly or women….

The answer is YES, its called the Self Defense Training System.

To put out a specific program for each of the categories is short sighted and ignorant. First of all, as a woman, or more to the point, as a human being you will have different assets – size, strength, athletic ability and common sense.

Our approach to Self defense it is ALWAYS the smaller and weaker vs. the bigger and stronger.

Every person has their own specific strengths and weaknesses.

Self defense always comes back to the ONE THING – what can you do RIGHT NOW?

Not when you get in shape, lose weight, have more time….Self defense is CONSTANT and you need to adapt the person you are RIGHT NOW.

The problem is you’re going to have to do a little work to figure it out.

YES I said you need to do that 4 letter word…WORK.

That is correct, I’m not going to wave my magic wand and tell you exactly what you should do. Even if you were standing in front of me, I still couldn’t tell you what works for you.

You’re not a child, you’re an adult who has lived a life. You know what “feels right” and what doesn’t.

If you don’t feel strong doing something – scrap it. Many times, what works for you will not work for some one else and what works for you right now might not work for you later.

There was a time where the Chin Jab didn’t feel right to me, as of late (some 10 years later) I like it! My body had changed in some manner that I was unaware of and BAM, the Chin Jab clicked. Whodathunkit?

Point is, self defense, like life, is personal exploration. Each day/month/week/year your physical and mental assets change and you must adapt. There was time that I would depend more on power than technique. Now I will be more apt to use a weapon of some sort (ah yes, weapons…the fountain of youth!).

Never put yourself in a category of old, small, young, disabled, man or woman. You are a person with specific assets.

The purpose of The Self Defense Training System is to help you grow and adapt throughout your life…from the cradle to the grave.

Even though the training is “simple and easy” it still requires effort. If you don’t want go through the effort to “click a button and hit a target” to figure out how to save your own butt…I doubt your will to survive.

The real issue is people are always looking for excuses and not finding solutions.

I can think of dozens of excuses no to train, but only ONE reason to train.


Damian Ross

The Self Defense Company


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  1. I was attacked and assalted and fell on the ground and was injured I felt defenseless the person who wasn’t disabled got the best of me I have osteoarthritis in my knees, I have balance difficulties, and also have chronic spine condititions and carpal tunnel in my hands and wrist so I felt defeated what should I do my email address is I need some self defense tips on how to defend my self please

    1. Hi Karen,

      Self defense “tips” are not going to solve your problem. I would caution you against trying to use “tips” to save your life. This isn’t auto-repair.

      You need to start educating yourself. Self defense is both an education and physical training.

      BTW, we have many people training in the SDTS who are worse off than you.

      Your best bet is to start with 60 Minute Self Defense:

      Now…as for your situation…The first question is WHERE DID THE ATTACK COME FROM?

      You start with “you were assaulted” but a lot has happened BEFORE the attack.

      WHO, WHAT and HOW did the assault happen?

      Attacks don’t happen out of thin air.

    1. I haven’t taken it, have just been looking for a place. Thank you for helping people w/disabilities, stats say we’re abused more often. Disabled isn’t PC & hasn’t been for at least 25+ yrs. Handicapped, & disabled describe objects. Disabled is broken or turned off. Handicap means help in a game, or a beggar? Ok to use about parking & broken down cars, but people aren’t equal. The most respectful thing is to say person, kid, mom, woman, man, w/a disability or disabilities. Same goes if you say child w/autism. The exception is when someone is deaf, that’s a whole different culture. I say this because, many will choose one option over another, if they see they care & get we’re people too. Truly just heads up.

      1. Hi Brandi – we appreciate your comments and have adjusted it.

        So what is your plan to help people with disabilities protect themselves?

  2. I am looking for a free help out self defense classe for disable women, it’s what we need, we need the empowerment to keep ourselves and children’s safe, at all times.

    1. Hi Dorothea,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      All of our instructors need to be compensated for their time.

      Can you be a little more specific about how many people you want to teach, where, how long, etc. Then we can give you a quote and if you don’t have the money, you should fundraise for it.

  3. Hello

    I’m looking for training just for myself ( 45 year old female), in the Dallas, TX area. The surrounding environs ( Plano, Carrolton, Richardson, etc)work too. I can’t specify length of time , whatever it takes to be competent? Master the skills? Typically, I’ve found individual private instruction in anything works best for me. I’m not too concerned about cost. Thanks for this article and any reply.

  4. I am a 62 years old disable person and I am interested in coming to take classes in self defense and boxing if you have that class as well. I need to know do you except Silver sneakers program or Medium Care? If not how much would it cost per class? And are you close to me I live off of Memorial hwy, or,Poncr Deleon in that Stone Mountain neighborhood

  5. I’m in a power wheelchair and I use to be able to hold my own before I got her I’m also getting older and weaker I’m 57 years old raising three grandkids living on disability so I can’t afford classes I need a program that would be free do you know of any classes to help me

    1. We don’t disagree — and if you knew anything about what we do…you probably wouldn’t have posted that comment.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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