What is it you actually do?

Beginners are introduced to a striking based system that also incorporates grappling/clinch work (ground and standing) and some basic weapon principles.The key idea with the material we cover in class is to be able to get yourself out of danger quickly and efficiently. A typical class will involve a healthy warm up then some technical material usually building to a drill or exchange of some kind, working with a partner. This can include anything from focus mitt work through to take downs, pre-emptive striking, ground grappling or weapons depending on the emphasis of that particular class. The class will normally finish with some kind of “free play”, standing clinch, hand sparring, ground grappling or for the more experienced student, heavier contact stuff covering all ranges/the floor and possibly weapons. Again, we must stress the emphasis is on scenario based stuff that we have experience of making work real time, so we do account for multiple attackers, improvised weapons and environmental factors. Consideration is also given to legal aspects and CCTV evidence and case studies are often used for reference.

The key idea with the material we cover in class is to be able to get yourself out of danger quickly and efficiently. A typical class will involve a healthy warm up then some technical material usually building to a drill or exchange of some kind, working with a partner. This can include anything from focus mitt work through to take downs, pre-emptive striking, ground grappling or weapons depending on the emphasis of that particular class. The class will normally finish with some kind of “free play”, standing clinch, hand sparring, ground grappling or for the more experienced student, heavier contact stuff covering all ranges/the floor and possibly weapons. Again, we must stress the emphasis is on scenario based stuff that we have experience of making work real time, so we do account for multiple attackers, improvised weapons and environmental factors. Consideration is also given to legal aspects and CCTV evidence and case studies are often used for reference.

 

What if I already have other commitments and can’t make every class?

This isn’t a problem and we welcome you to as many classes as you can manage. Each class does generally have a specific focus as we progress through the semester: Tuesday night’s class is focused on drills and conditioning, Thursdays we explore close quarter combat technical principles, ground work and free play. However just come along when you can and try it out, September’s classes are less specific and will give you a good overview of what we it is that we do.

 

What martial art styles do you use?

Our instructors draw primarily from South East Asian Combat Systems (SEACS) Kali and Pencak Silat and there are minor influences from other arts including Judo, BJJ, Tae Kwon Do, Chung Do Kwan, Wrestling, but principally Indonesian Pencak Silat.

These South East Asian arts are ideal for self-defence as they do not rely on strength or speed alone and are suitable for anybody to train in regardless of age or physical condition. They also deal realistically with multiple attacker scenarios, weapon attacks and make intelligent use of their environment. Importance is placed on the mental aspect of training as well as the physical side and – as already mentioned – consideration is given to pre and post-fight scenarios including all legal aspects.

 

Who are the teachers?

Chris, the chief instructor, has a background in the security industry and experience of using techniques in high-risk live scenarios; as such, as a group we pride ourselves in using stuff that works real time. Chris started his martial arts career as a student in the Union in 1993 and has been training in various disciplines since. After meeting his Silat teacher in 1999, he has specialised in South East Asian arts and this forms the basis for the majority of material covered in our classes. Assistant Instructors Richie, Roy & Cat also have many years of training behind them and assist and lead training sessions during the semester. Some of the senior students in the class will also assist at various times.

 

What if I am a beginner and have no experience?

Our classes are very beginner friendly; we encourage you to work at your own pace and want you to enjoy yourself while learning something practical. We also have full insurance cover and encourage participants to train safely, free from injury and generally have some fun throughout the session.

 

What should I bring with me?

All you need is jogging bottoms/shorts and a t-shirt, maybe a bottle of water; you will get a bit of a work out. Try and avoid heavy meals before training, light snacks up to 1/2 hours prior to class is probably best.

 

How much does it cost?

For students, the first week (or first 2 sessions) is a free trial, and then you have the choice to either pay monthly, by semester or for the full year in advance.

To pay monthly, the cost is £10. If you can attend both classes each week that works out at around £1.25 per class.

If you pay for the semester it’s £25 and that’s about £0.80 per class.

A yearly membership is £45, for £0.70 per class you can’t really go wrong.

Paying for a semester or yearly membership also gets you one of our DUSA Self Defence Society t-shirts for free, otherwise it’s £5 to buy if you decide to pay monthly.

 

What if I’m not at all fit?

There is absolutely no fitness required to start training with us, you just go at your own pace. You will get a work out during our sessions as a byproduct of what we do and conditioning training is essential to help develop attributes for practical, self-defence. However one of the main aims for our members is that you are exposed to realistic strategies that will help you get home safely and free from harm.

 

What if I’m already an experienced martial artist?

If you have previous experience, that’s great news; we encourage cross trainers to join us or those with other disciplines behind them. Our material is principle and concept based and doesn’t rely on specific styles, or techniques as such anything covered should complement and enhance your knowledge base, rather than conflict with it. We are definitely not a political group that claim to have all of the answers and insist you must do things “our” way; as long as it works it’s all good as far as we’re concerned. There will be optional weekend sessions planned for more experienced students or those interested in further training. We also run a regular seminar programme with various opportunities to train with world-renowned martial art teachers.

 

Where do you train and when can I start?

Sessions are held in Level 1, MONO on Tuesdays 6-8pm in the UNION building, this is in through the main doors and downstairs to the left. On Thursdays, we’re upstairs on Level 4, past the Games Room – the same time 6-8pm. Our taster sessions commence on Tuesday 17th and then again on Thursday 19th September. Attendance to both is by no means compulsory and if you can’t make them, come along next week and give it a try.

Be sure to check our Facebook page for up to the minute information on any changes.

 

Do you have a Facebook page?

Yes we do! As it’s a closed group just ask to join and we’ll add you: https://www.facebook.com/DUSASelfDefence/ Details of our training workshops and seminars can also be found here, so keep an eye on our site. We also have a YouTube channel that has more videos of the type of things we get up to.

 

What do I need to do now?

Nothing, just come and turn up to any of the training sessions; there’s no other commitment required and the 1st week (or 1st two sessions) is absolutely free. We hope to see you at training!