Self Defence

What Is Self Defence?

This may seem an obvious question, but have you ever sat down and thought about defending yourself in a physical battle against another human being? This is probably not a very pleasant process for you; it may make you anxious to think about being attacked, you may feel afraid. These are perfectly healthy emotions to feel when thinking about, and visualising, being attacked by another human being.

If you come and train with us our goal is to help you understand your natural fear of physical attack and to give you options and ideas for how to physically and psychologically defend yourself against an attacker. Straight away you will be shown options for how to deal with pretty much any type of attack you may face on the street. You will walk away with more options and a simple system that works at all ranges and types of combat from punches and grabs to defending yourself on the ground and dealing with an armed attacker.

We are not saying that because you will practise these scenarios you will necessarily be able to achieve a positive result against any attacker at any time in any situation immediately. What we think is true for most people is that when we face a problem in life, if there seem to be no options open to us, the situation is a lot more distressing than when we feel we have options open to us; options which allow us to feel more confident and relaxed.

The Benefits of Self Defence Training

You do not need to be confident, fit or strong to benefit from Self Defence training. You do not need to have good coordination or body awareness, or any experience at all. These are all advantages you might bring with you, but our training will give you the keys to develop these for yourself.

The Aims of Self Defence Training

– To teach you the skills to create options and see opportunities, leading to a safer and less stressful life.
– To, through incremental progression, make you more resilient and agile in your thought and movement.
– To help you understand adrenaline and your body’s reaction to fear and physical threat.
– To change your mentality from a fear based submissive state to a strength based dominate state (when and where it is needed and appropriate).
– To help you to become more aware of yourself and your environment and so become better able to avoid confrontation; the best Self Defence of all.
– To help you understand the law and what you are legally able to do in your defence.

Free Yearly Workshop

At Cambridge Kung Fu we feel that it is very important for people of all ages to have a working knowledge of Self Defence and the options available to them if a Self Defence situation should occur. All our regular martial arts classes are geared towards helping members achieve this, however for parents and friends, who do not train with us regularly, it can be a daunting subject and one easily ignored until it’s too late.

Once a year we teach a free Self Defence workshop open to all members, family and friends of Cambridge Kung Fu aimed at teaching the fundamental concepts needed to help you deal with some of the most unpleasant situations life may bring (for ages 16+). Our aim is for attendees to leave the session feeling that they have more options should something happen, and the confidence to take the action it requires to protect themselves or others.

You can read the reviews of our previous free workshops here:
May 2014
January 2015
January 2016

Group Courses and Workshops

We often teach Self Defence courses and workshops for businesses throughout the Cambridgeshire area. We can come into your place of work during the day and run a one-off workshop on some basic ideas and movements, or do a regular session over a series of weeks to really let you/your staff practice, and get good at, the material. We can also organise a venue for your group if you do not have one.

We also have experience teaching courses, running workshops and giving talks to University Students, College Students, School Students, Youth Groups, NHS Staff and Women's Institute groups.

If this is something you are interested in please contact us and we can discuss the options with you.

Online Training Material

We can provide additional online training tutorials covering the basics of what we teach so that you can continue to train with each other after your sessions. Depending on the length of your training session, you might find that the online resources give you exercises to train that were not taught in your session. Because of this all our videos aim to give you the information you need to learn and develop your skills in these areas.

If you have attended one of our courses you can access the online content by clicking here. If you do not know your login details please contact us.

The Law

What the Law Says...

Section 3.1 of the Criminal Law Act of 1967 states that “Any person may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances in preventing a crime.”

In terms of Self Defence, ‘reasonable force’ is considered force that is both ‘necessary and proportionate’.

Necessary: It must be necessary to use force. If it isn’t necessary, you shouldn’t use force.

Proportionate: The amount of force used to repel the crime/threat must be proportionate to the amount force threatened.

A very good resource for this subject is ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’ by Mark Dawes. If you are interested in this subject we recommend that you read this, as it is a very easily understood book explaining how the laws came about and how they are widely used. If you would like more information on this, please contact us.

Sophie - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016 Sophie - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016
“I really enjoyed the seminar, and have taken away some key messages, which I am repeating to myself regularly, to try to keep them in mind. I know I will remember some key things about the usefulness of awareness, core strength and balance. Thank you so much.”
Alison - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016 Alison - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016
“I’m writing to say how much I enjoyed the workshop on Sunday. As well as being absorbing, useful, and fun, it affected me quite deeply in a way I did not expect. Through talking to my husband about Self Defence over the years, I knew a lot about the 'theory' .... but the experience of 'ferocity' in a completely safe environment was unlike anything I have ever experienced before.”
Self Defence Course Attendee 2014 Self Defence Course Attendee 2014
"Thank you for teaching us all some basic Self Defence moves. I thought they were all really helpful and could definitely be beneficial in an actual fight. In terms of a quick crash course it was great. I've taken karate in the past and I still learned a lot."
Olivia - Self Defence Course Attendee 2014 Olivia - Self Defence Course Attendee 2014
"Thank you for giving us a wonderful experience of Cambridge Kung Fu. I never expected to learn a bit of self defence it was wonderful. I loved your energy and how you made it fun and interesting. I will remember everything you taught me!"
Nina - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016 Nina - Self Defence Workshop Attendee 2016
“I just wanted to thank you all again for the workshop today. I got an awful lot out of it, on many levels and aside from the practical stuff have taken away food for thought. Thank you for your generosity of heart, spirit and mind: truly appreciated.”