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The Great Britain All Styles Self Defence Association has been formed in order that martial arts practitioners be involved in Self Defence, exchanging technique and knowledge for the betterment of the membership. The short term intention is to establish the association and promote genuine interest in Self Defence, on a national basis, involving all styles of martial arts, whilst at the same time encouraging the membership to develop the style best suited to them into a reliable Self Defence system; to organise a national Self Defence syllabus, where each individual style can operate successfully in accordance with that syllabus, at the same time seeking grading in Self Defence.

The long term intention being to amass association funds, in order to obtain a long term lease on a suitable building, equip it with wall to wall tatami, martial arts weaponry and such, make it a national headquarters, and a Dojo second to none, and at that time, seek to provide our membership with the most expert Self Defence instruction in Europe, as cheaply as possible.

Self Defence is a method of defending oneself against the aggression of others. For the purpose of discussion the aggression mentioned herein is restricted to physical attack.

The nature of self defence

Self Defence is a method of defending oneself against the aggression of others. For the purpose of discussion the aggression mentioned herein is restricted to physical attack.

The Martial Arts all retain, to a greater or lesser extent, the means of effective combat.

A form of combat where one responds to an attack can be regarded as Self Defence.

Self Defence is applied Martial Art. Applied that is to effectively negate, or nullify an aggressors attack.

In an embracing Self Defence system, one would hope to come across the wide syllabus, not only of techniques, but also of primary Self Defence. In this category, we find common sense and mental assertion training, aimed at generatirng the ability to execute those physical moves necessary for an effective physical act of Self Defence.

It is quite wrong to consider a Self Defence course as consisting solely of a number of physical “tricks”. It is therefore contended that modern day Self Defence systems are Martial Arts in every respect.

Self defence & the law

The law says that you may use such force as is reasonable to nullify an attack, having regard to the circumstances.

The person should seek NOT to put themselves into a position where the Self Defence may have to be employed.

The person must ascertain that a definite attack is, REASONABLY, likely to take place.

The extent of the possible attack must be categorised, for example:

Having regard for the above, a reasonable response must be made. For example:

In a one to one, size for size confrontation, a Martial Artist who hospitalised his non-Martial Art opponent could face prosecution. Even with multiple attackers, the Martial Artist who killed one of his assailants could well be prosecuted.

 

 

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