Saturday, March 05, 2005

F.A.S.T. Defense Women's Self Defense Class @ M.T.I.K.

The Muay Thai Institute of Kunponli is hosting a F.A.S.T. Defense Women's Self Defense Seminar. This 9 hour event will go from 6-9 P.M. on Friday, March 18th and from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. on Saturday, March 19th. The cost is only $65 for M.T.I.K. members and $95 for non-members. I highly recommend this class for women. Other self defense classes deal with the "Combat" aspect of self-defense (some better than others), but this is one of the few that allows the student to fight full force against an armored assailant. This class also deals with the "Awareness" and "Boundaries" aspects of self defense. Most self defense classes don't deal with these important aspects of self defense.

About F.A.S.T. Defense:

The #1 factor in effective self-defense is dealing with the fear and adrenaline rush that naturally arises in a stressful situation. Studies of people in the high adrenal state show that the normal internal reactions to stress inhibit our ability to think rationally or to exercise complicated motor skills. F.A.S.T. Defense methodology is therefore based on a step-by-step progression of easily learned and simply applied techniques in increasingly more intense scenarios.

Students learn about the ABCs of self-defense:

  1. Awareness of your external environment. Don't be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  2. Awareness of your own personal communication style. Do you have a passive demeanor, making yourself an easy victim? Do you have an aggressive demeanor, a person who tends to provoke and escalate situations?

Most attacks on women are committed by someone they know. Social rules and personal styles are significant factors in a woman's inability to protect herself. F.A.S.T. coaches present boundary scenarios, like giving a hug to someone you really don't want to be hugged by. Why do we allow this?
"I didn't want to hurt his feelings."
"I didn't want to make a scene."
"It just seemed easier to do it and get it over with."
With many women who have been raped or assaulted, these same voices inside kept them from taking defensive action early in the situation, allowing it to escalate. This is a common factor in date rape and domestic abuse. If you can't say no to a hug when you really don't want to be hugged, how will you say no to an attacker intent on hurting you?


After awareness drills and boundary-setting scenarios, F.A.S.T. Defense focuses on combat mentality and practice drills. Students learn a series of effective striking techniques that are used first in "shadowboxing," then against pads, then against an armored assailant or "bulletman." Each scenario gets progressively more intense until the student is fighting full force against the attacker. The student is learning the techniques under high adrenal stress, and research shows this locks the action into the body memory, and if the student were ever to find herself in an attack situation, the techniques would return immediately.

In F.A.S.T. Defense, learn how to:
  • Handle the fear and adrenaline rush that naturally arise in a stressful situation.
  • Fend off an attacker with simple techniques in intense scenarios.
  • Use the power of your voice and body language.
  • Find and utilize the power of your fear, not be paralyzed by it.

Call Head Instructor Julie Adams @ (801) 474-3136 to sign-up for this class. Every class sells out, so call today!

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