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.
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.
That’s TRAINING HONESTLY.
The Self Defense Company