Self Defence Seminar (February 2014)

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Over the weekend we held two great self defence seminars. Both these seminars had participants who have trained Martial Arts and those that haven’t trained any Martial Arts before. We are very pleased with the feedback and have another few seminars that have already been booked over the next few weeks.

The aim of our seminar series over the weekend was to make Self Defence techniques efficient, effective and easy to do. Over the years we have seen many self defence techniques and training methods that are unrealistic, or  during necessity become useless or mentally impossible to draw upon with adrenaline pumping.

We covered basic attacks, defences in individual situations and group scenarios. The second half of the seminar focused on defence against knife attacks then we create dangerous scenarios with multiple attackers. We also had some interesting Q&A at the end of the seminar focusing on previous experiences and anything that may be worrying any of the participants.

You can find some of the knife defences displayed in this video.



Below are a few statements by some of the participants.

“The seminar was an extremely fun and practical way to learn about how to protect yourself. What I enjoyed most was that it used a variety of real life situations and simulated them so that you can see for yourself how easy it can be to use the tactics that are taught. Pretty much, what this seminar shows you is that you dont have to be a black belt to protect yourself!”

-Mandy Chung

“I have been a martial arts practitioner for fifteen years during which time I have become proficient in both empty-hand and weapons training. I attended David Taylor-Smith’s street/knife self-defence seminar and found it altogether to be instructive and valuable for my learning.

David’s range of self-defence concepts in both understanding and application are critical and relevant for self-preservation on the street. His instructions throughout were engaging, routinely comprised with clear and astute detail concerning the realities of street violence “

– Richard Sales

“The Martial Arts Development Self-Defense Seminar interested me because, as a Community Mental Health Worker, I often find myself in situations where there’s a strong potential for violence…so I was looking for some life-saving moves to help me in such situations.

And M.A.D. did not disappoint!

David focused on showing us techniques that were direct, simple, and practical, avoiding fancy moves that would be useless and/or forgotten in the heat of the moment.

I left there with some realistic, eminently practical options for what to do should the worst suddenly come to the worst. We don’t get enough of this kind of training, and I would recommend this class to anyone.”

-Warwick Poulsen M.A. (Psych)(Syd.); A.T.C.L

I attended the seminar with my sister; we have always said we would love to learn self defence and snatched at the opportunity to finally do so. Learning kickboxing is one thing, but being able to defend yourself in a sudden and unexpected fight in an uncontrolled environment is something else entirely.

There is a lot to learn in self defence, much more than I thought prior to the seminar, and it pays to have someone with David’s expertise teaching you. The best part of the seminar was trialling all the defence strategies right there on the spot, seeing what worked for you and your own preferences. I was able to see what techniques I was good at and which ones I struggled with. It helps knowing your own capabilities for situations where you need to do some quick thinking.

The whole thing went by surprisingly quickly and everyone had a lot of fun- I’ll be waiting patiently for the next seminar, definitely well worth my time.

-Maysaa Daher

Our next seminar will be held in April and will refresh over some of the previous seminars and we will be focusing on more scenario based attacks.

If you or anyone else that you know may want to do a self defence seminar with us then please contact us and we would be more than happy to get you learning very simple and effective self defence and feeling more confident in your abilities. We offer private group and corporate seminars as well.

Have a great week!


Coach David

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