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Weekend Self-Defence Course, LGBT / Women-Centred

Lancaster LA1

Queer/trans/women-centred event, open to all.
Advance booking required.

Venue and exact timing to be confirmed by email when you complete the online contact form

The 2 day  training costs £15-25,  but no one turned away coz of lack of funds. Cash goes towards venue hire, gear, and other running costs. Any surplus will be donated to Action for Trans Health. No previous skills or experience required. The only piece of kit we'll ask you to bring is a gumshield (£3).

Limited number of spaces, book now!

The training is about 7hr each day, and content draws mostly on Combatives and is built around ‘reality based self-defence' and 'close quarter combat'. Some of this will take the form of presentations and not-so-physical exercises, but the bulk of it will be intense physical training. It does not cover all aspects of self-defence in depth, and puts more emphasis on the fighting tools. To give you a bit more of an idea, we’re likely to cover: basic strikes and how to use them, 'anti-grappling' i.e how to fight off grabbing attacks), 'situational control' (i.e how to manage the interaction before it turns into an attack), stress/pressure drills to practise the previous learning points, fighting multiple assailants, team work, stress scenarios.

It is quite demanding both physically and emotionally, but there is no minimum level of physical fitness required, and it is all held in a supportive environment. You will be encouraged to challenge yourself but won’t be pressured to do anything you don’t want to do.

A couple of disclaimers:

It is a DIY community event run by volunteers; everyone attending agrees to take responsibility for their own safety and wellbeing. This is a full contact training, so injuries are a risk. 

We are not pros, we've attended 3 training weekends of this specific kind and been doing some regular training over the last few years, as well as some kravmaga training.

If you would like to discuss access needs of any kind, or have questions/concerns, get in touch. We’re aiming to make it as inclusive as possible whilst ensuring everyone gets a realistic and challenging training.