Self Defense Encyclopedia
The Self-defense Encyclopedia DVD is a fast paced, information packed collection of self-defense skills and principles. Sang H. Kim's approach to self-protection is street-oriented, fluid and direct with an emphasis on ending a confrontation quickly using any means necessary. Because the techniques taught are presented with both novice and advanced applications, this is an excellent reference for students, instructors and non-martial artists alike. Discover a wealth of knowledge on self-protection including: 14 essential self-defense principles that you can apply to any confrontation, 22 primary and secondary targets to disable an attacker, 10 defense drills to train your instinctive responses and avoid panicking in an emergency, Defensive tactics against the most common standing, ground and restraint attacks, Multiple defensive options for each attack - use what works for you, Defensive principles against multiple attackers, edged weapons and firearms, Restraint and control locks to immobilize an assailant, Environmental awareness, Escalation of use of force, Coping with Fear, Use of verbal communication to de-escalate a confrontation, Recognizing nonverbal warning signals, Understanding the pyschology of violence, Coping with stalking and domestic violence, Scenario training and analysis, 7 golden rules of self-defense.
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When Kim gets to the techniques section, the techniques start with fundamental stuff, like proper stance, best target areas on human body and so on. There are basic techniques for people with little or no martial arts training, and also some advanced techniques. Some of the techniques are very simple, yet effective. The techniques are arranged in three chapters: Standing defence, ground defence and arresting locks. There are more than a dozen techniques on the first two chapters and few on the third, so you have to search manually, if you are looking for a specific technique. But that is the case with most of the martial arts instructional films I have seen, so that is not a very bad downside.
What really bothered me was that while Kim presents each of the techniques several times, he does not teach them very well. He gives vague explanations on what to do, but fails to reveal the details. You can probably spot the nuances yourself by watching the film several times, but if you have no clue what to look for, that can be too much to ask. And Kim does not tell what are the most common mistakes, either, so that you could pay special attention on those details. But then, there are dozens of techniques in the film, therefore they could not have devoted too much time for each technique.
There are several special features as bonus material on DVD, including general tactics against knife and gun attacks. Most of the special features are quite short, except for scenario training analysis, which is over 10 minutes in length. It is also quite interesting to watch, as it shows several film clips filmed on a self defence class. In the films, they show a male attacking a female, and the female trying to escape the attack. In the film, Kim analyzes every one of these attacks, pointing out mistakes.
There is a lot good stuff in the film, therefore it is a pity that Kim has not taken the time and effort to fully explain the techniques presented in the film, thus deducting one star from the rating.
people, women in particular, that don't know how to defend themselves and actually hold some fear and question themselves. When put in a situation you need to know at least basics of how to react and keep yourself safe, if you question yourself or what to do at those critical moments, the results could
be very unpleasant.
I recommended this DVD because its the most thorough I've seen and covers quite a bit on essentials. It covers not just moves, but mentality and awareness, so you may prevent something before it occurs. While it is [price] , a self defense class would cost you at least this much and unlike a class you can go over the material again and again.
Have a great day and be safe