ACS Ladies Self Defence


Self Defence / Self Protection

"It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die.  The very essence of self-defence is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed."  - Rory Miller author of “Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence.

​"Avoidance is the very first in a long list of tactical manoeuvres aimed at ‘not being there’ when an attack is taking place. And it really is very simple, even obvious, but I find it is the ‘simple’ and ‘obvious’ stuff that usually gets overlooked and lands people in an affray that should never have occurred." - Geoff Thompson: Fighting without Fighting

Well if you're still with us you're probably a little confused and wondering where's the spiel about punching, kicking and disabling people ... what's all this s*** about running away and avoidance?

Well, to put it bluntly this s*** is what will ultimately protect you, keep you safe. Do we blindly walk out into the middle of the road without paying heed to traffic? What happens if there's an obstruction in our path?

If you're like us then you'll walk round or avoid the obstruction and look both ways before crossing the street and yet many of us 'blindly' put ourselves at risk by ignoring the obvious signs of danger - the group of suspicious individuals huddled near the cash point or the shortcut home down that the dark alleyway.

Soft skills like: avoidance, awareness, escape and verbal disuassion and distraction are the key strategies employed when embracing self protection, self defence the physical, punch and kick tactics are hard skils and should be viewed as a last resort when looking to extricate yourself from a physical threat.

Leading self defence experts the world over agree that these soft skills are the most important element of any self defence class. Resorting to physical techniques to effect an escape can be, if we are to be perfectly honest, viewed as a failure on our part to protect ourselves.

ACS employs real world self defence techniques and their accompanying soft skills in both self defence and martial arts classes - and before you ask, martial arts is generally not self defence because in the traditional sense martial arts classes don't include self defence centric material like per-emption and reasonable force - sorry to be blunt but a self defence class cobbled together from a pool of martial arts techniques is not self defence.


We can offer, sessions for small groups, families, youth groups such as cubs, scouts, guides, schools and one-to-one tuition. We will even travel to you - within reason. So if you're interested then contact us for details.