Personal Safety for Women

Ref: C3671204

To introduce students to the art of self defence and preservation techniques in a relaxed, informal manner in order to foster self confidence in dealing wit a potential hazardous situation. Anyone can take part regardless of age, fitness and sex. The advantage of the training is the simplicity of the methods used with the emphasis on technique not strength. This course is aimed at those who may feel vulnerable in everyday situations or have concerns about personal safety. The more mature and less agile are particularly welcome on this course.

Course aim

This course aims to help students improve awareness around their personal safety and learn some very basis self defence techniques in a safe setting with a female tutor. The more mature and less agile are particularly welcome.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and soft pump-like shoes

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate a safe way to breakaway from various strange holds, body, wrist and arm locks, punching, hair and clothes grabs using the minimum amount of force
  • demonstrate how to defend against kicks, punches and groin attacks
  • Know how to assess and use your environment to work out the quickest possible escape route to minimise confrontation
  • Recognise that this type of training is only to be used as a last resort, when all else has failed and to appreciate that it is far better to defuse or walk away from a possibile dangerous situation
  • follow the safety guidelines as laid down by tutor

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Feedback will be continuous throughout session, both at group and individual basis and assessment will be visually, verbally and completion of successfully carrying out a number of defensive moves by the end of the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and soft pump-like shoes and bring an open mind

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Personal Safety for Women

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You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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