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Questions we most often get asked

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Here are answers to the questions we most commonly get asked. If you have a question which is not here get in touch!

I’m not that fit. Will this be a problem?

We don’t presume a high level of fitness for the Introductory Program so you’ll be OK. Part of what we do is of course to increase your level of fitness. If you join us in the main group after the Intro Program we suggest you monitor yourself during the physically demanding drills and ‘end of class’ sessions as they can be taxing. If there is any question about whether your health (physical or mental) is an issue we require you to consult with your doctor beforehand and obtain a clearance from them for your well being.

Is the training suitable for women?

Women train in SDT and are always welcome. However women should note that training is physical, involves confrontation drills and at times involves grabbing contact with other students. However, be assured that SDT takes a strong stand against any form of sexual harassment.

The specific motivation for women wanting to learn self defence is generally to become capable of defending themselves against attack by a male. That can really only be achieved by having a male simulate an attack. Anyone can opt out of part of training at any time – no questions asked (other than to ensure you are OK). But the best way to judge whether you would be comfortable training with us is to come in and see a class in action and get a feel for the training atmoshpere.

Is the training suitable for any age?

Students must be 16 years or older. The training is not suitable for children and adolescents due to the level of physical training, the aggression drills and sometimes the language used in confrontation drills. Those under 18 years will need parental consent.

I’m unable to attend regularly each week because of other commitments. Is that a problem?

No, it is common and we can cater for that. Of course it means your training and hence progress will be impacted but that’s no reason not to train at all.

What sort of people train at SDT?

We aim to cater for ‘normal’ people. We don’t attract those that think it is cool to dress in camouflage gear or those that like to hit other people. Both these types need the sort of help that we are unable to provide.

Is an old injury which impairs my ability to freely move a problem?

Not necessarily. Some aspects of the training may as result of the injury prove more challenging but that should not be seen as a reason not to train. You are free to decide whether you are able to take part in certain aspects of the training based on your circumstances. This equally applies to those who have a temporary injury. However it is your responsibility to make that injury known to us and to consult with your doctor prior to undertaking training to ensure the conditon will not be aggravated by the nature of our training.

Do I need previous martial arts training?

No, this is not important. Sometimes previous training can be more a hindrance.

I work security. How relevant is this to my job?

Very relevant. Most of our instructors have been or still are active in the security game.

Do I need to wear a uniform?

For the Intro Program you wear anything sutiable to exercise in. Barefeet are fine but non marking shoes (on the carpet) are beter to get you accustomed to doing techniques with footwear. Students who have joined up wear the Krav Maga uniform (black pants with Krav Maga T-shirt).

However, as this is a street defence system, there will be occasions when alternate forms of dress will be required, e.g. wearing jackets or overcoats so students become accustomed to training in attire worn in winter. The instructor will advise this prior to the time required.

Do I need to wear safety equipment?

By their nature you are always at risk of injury during training in the martial arts or self defence. For thos ein the Intro Program it’s optional but SDT students are required to acquire their own quality mouth guard and groin guard as a minimum for training in SDT and wearing them during training. The safety of students is a key concern for us.

Do I need to buy other equipment?

You are also encouraged to acquire other safety equipment such as arm and shin pads as well as some bag mitts or boxing gloves to protect the hands (and your partner when striking bags or in drills. Students are particularly encouraged to buy boxing and/or MMA gloves so you know you have a pair available to you, so you know they are a good fit and its better hygiene.

Is there much physical contact during training?

Yes there is but for new students in the Intro Program it’s minimal so you are not intimidated and for the safety of others as you cannot be expected to have good control. We try to strike a balance between realism and safety.

Do I need previous martial arts training?

No, this is not important. Sometimes previous training can be more a hindrance.

Can I start training at any time?

The 8 Lesson Introductory Program intakes are in the first week of each calendar month. This provides new starters with the basic skills they need to be able to join in the classes without feeling lost. It is difficult to provide new starters with the attention they need if they directly join in the general classes. If this is a problem chat to us. We aim to be flexible.

Can I do private training?

That can be arranged but note it is generally held at the SDT school. This can be for an indiviual or a small group. If there is a special requirement for us to come and train a group in another location contact us.

Do I need to go through the Intro Program as I have a lot of previous training?

No, but we would like to assess your skill level first. It’s better to do a couple of Intro program sessions then if it is too basic move up to the main class after chatting with us.

I am concerned the training may be too physical or aggressive for me. Should I be?

Only you can determine that.

For instance we are sometimes surprised to see small females mixing it with larger males in the aggression drills. But then we realize that they do so because we have created an environment where they feel ‘safe’ and are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and have a go. You are free to come and observe class and talk to the instructors or students to help you assess this for yourself.

Some aspects of training are very physical and aggressive and this aspect of training is essential in order to prepare students for the stress of street confrontations on both a physical and psychological level. Learning to swim will mean getting wet at some stage. But a fear of water is a challenge, not an impediment to learning to swim.

Is there any sparring in training?

Yes there is some, but more as an aid to develop fighting skills. Sparring is NOT what you do in a self defence situation. Sparring is something martial artists do. Sparring is a contest of skills between two martial artists fighting in a predetermined way using the skills of the style being practiced. This doesn’t really occur on the street.

The type of ‘sparring’ we practice in defensive tactics is short and sharp, enough to achieve our tactical objective which usually means escape from our attacker. It is far more chaotic and very brief in duration (no five two minute rounds with 30 second breaks). These are repeated at set intervals (anaerobic interval training) and most people do not last very long anyway. It taxes the mind as well as the body because the physical exhaustion brings on mental exhaustion. This is closer to what occurs in a real fight.

Can I train in another system or school at the same time as training at SDT?

The SDT instructors actually teach and train at other schools themselves so there is no issue with students training in other schools or systems. However out of courtesy it is suggested that you may wish to inform the instructor of the other school that you have joined SDT.

How long will it take to become proficient?

A classic question with no set answer other than “it depends”. It depends on how hard and how often you train. It depends on how fit you are and how much coordination you have to start with. It depends on what you mean by proficient.

Have more questions?

We may not have covered all the questions you have in mind so please feel free to email us. Some questions are better answered by coming in to see a class in action. Please feel free to come in at any time to watch a class without the need to book a time or let us know.

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