Year 1
Semester 2

Module 4–Week 1

Kids Self-Defense

Run the self-defense classes with a shorter, lighter warm-up of jumping jacks, shadow boxing, push-ups, and sit-ups.

While they are doing the exercises, your patter is any or all of the following:

1. Review what they have learned so far in terms of soft skills, not physical skills. TPM, Soft Targets, How Bad Guys Choose a Victim etc.

2. Discuss a local crime and analyze it for them and with their input. This is important as their analysis of the crime will change through the module.

3. Preview what is going to happen in this class.

Drill Patter

Read this first

The skills and drills you are about to learn and teach are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the other modules.

Communicate to the families that everyone will benefit from this module. You may want to offer for non-students to take the module for $100 or so. Either way, at least invite them to watch the 8 classes.

You can invite the students to come to class in their regular clothes provided they are similar to what they would wear to the gym or to school.

No jewelry. Be careful of nails scratching.

Your presentation of this is CRITICAL. Students must work at school zone speed unless you say otherwise.

This is a different world from martial arts, and one of the key success factors is your ability to ignite the energy in the class.

You want to play the fine line between creating adrenaline in the class and scaring them.

Much of that has to do with your word patter, volume, and tone.

Watch this first

Warm Ups

1. 30 sec. Coordination Jumping Jacks Coordination Jumping Jacks 

2. Quick review of Blocks 1- 10

3. 20 Ditch Hoppers

4.  10 each leg-One legged toe-tappers with Front Kick


6. 30-seconds-1-2-3-4 call out

(Penetrate-Engage-Clear-Change Position)

7. 30-seconds-Mountain Climbers

8. 5 x 10 seconds-V-Abs



Kids: Self-Defense Class Orientation 1

To the class:

We can only teach you self-defense if you promise to be careful when working with a partner.

When do I need Self-Defense? You need self-defense when a person makes you feel:

  1. Uncomfortable
  2. Afraid
  3. Fearful
  4. Uneasy
  5. Threatened
  6. When someone tries to touch you.

Self-Defense does not always mean fight back. 

Three Types of Self-Defense

  1. Verbal
  2. Mental
  3. Physical

You’re going to learn all of them in this module.


Kids: Self-Defense Class Orientation 2

When a dangerous situation happens, you must be able to:

    1. Think your way out
    2. Talk your way out
    3. Fight your way out

The first two will get you out of 99% of bad situations.

Self-Defense also means run away, using words and screaming, and preventing yourself from being in a bad situation. 

When you are with your family and/or friends

  1. Stay in the group. Bad guys like to get you away alone so it’s easier to take you.
  2. If you get lost, look for an adult female for help. An adult female with children is even better.
  3. Do NOT engage in speaking with an adult you don’t know. Do not get close to the adult. Use distance as your defense by running away.

Cell Phone Demo

Some people think that all they need to do in an altercation is to call 911. Parents send their kids out and say, “If need anything, just call me.” Let’s see how that works.


Passive vs Fighting Stance

Teach this and follow it with the stance sequence, spearhand and elbow 2.

We all know fighting stance, but in a self-defense situation, do you want to signal the bad guy that you’re ready to fight? No. We want that to be a surprise like stepping on a land mine.

That’s why we use a passive stance. It looks like we don’t want to and are not ready to fight, but we are.

2.  Passive Stance 1

Passive Stance 2

Defensive Stance Sequence

How to Push

Life Skill: Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness

Kids: Self-Defense Class Orientation 3

Three Types of Bad Guys:

    Bully: A person who does not hide the fact that they are trying to boss you around, intimidate you, or threaten you. Bullies are usually jealous people who pick on others to feel better about themselves. Bullies usually are not physically violent and just want to put you in fear to get what they want.

    Predator: The most dangerous criminal (bad guy) you can run across is the predator. They are aggressive, violent, dangerous, and worst of all, they are hard to see. Predators will act like a normal person to get close enough to what they want. This is their camouflage and when they get close enough, they attack. The predator is often so hard to see by the time you figure them out, it is too late.

    Wolf: The wolf is trouble and does not hide his or her intentions. These people are very mean and nasty. They will try to hurt you to get what they want. Think about a real wolf. When you can see one, you know how dangerous they are because they can and will harm you.



    Kids: Self-Defense Class Orientation 4

    Self-Defense: Threat Levels

    RED: Imminent threat. You are in danger and must take immediate action to get away and out of the situation. This is the most dangerous level.

    YELLOW: Medium threat. Try to remove yourself from the situation because you may get hurt.

    GREEN: Low threat level. This is the same zone we spend most of our time in. Just maintain your awareness.

    Who Can Hurt YOU?
    Anyone! Bad guys can be anyone!

    1. Family members
    2. People you know
    3. Strangers
    4. Friends
    5. Animals

    When you look at people, think anyone could be a bad guy and hurt you, so always be careful. You don’t treat people like a bad guy, you just have your Spidey Sense on at all times.

    The What If? Game

    At any time, with anybody, think:

    “What if they tried to grab me right now?” What would I do?

    “What if this person decided to attack me?”
    What would I do?

    “What if he tries to steal my bike?”
    What would I do?

    Warm Ups

    1. 30 sec. Coordination Jumping Jacks Coordination Jumping Jacks 

    2. Quick review of Blocks 1- 10

    3. 20 Ditch Hoppers

    4.  10 each leg-One legged toe-tappers with Front Kick


    6. 30-seconds-1-2-3-4 call out

    (Penetrate-Engage-Clear-Change Position)

    7. 30-seconds-Mountain Climbers

    8. 5 x 10 seconds-V-Abs



    How Bad Guys Choose Targets

    Review Skills

    Reviews do NOT have to be in detail.

    Cell Phone Will NOT Save You

    Passive Stance and Fighting Stance

    The Defensive Stance Sequence

    How to Push


    Knee Strike

    Elbow 2 for Self-Defense


    Thumb Punch

    Eye Gouge

    Tell the kids that this is ONLY to be used if they are being abducted or risk getting a serious beating.

    Eye Gouge-Spear-hand Street Fight Demo

    Approved List (A-List)

    Have pads and paper to help the kids write down 5-7 names and numbers of people they trust to go to with a one-on-one. You can also make this an assignment before the next class to bring their A-list in with them.

    You’re going to test these kids on memorizing the reciting this under stress with a home invasion scenario.

    1. Approved List
    2. A List Debrief
    3. A List Examples

    Home Invasion-A List

    The scenario has the kids run the home invasion gauntlet and then have to recite people off of their A-List.

    IMPORTANT: Watch until the end. The debriefing is the gold in the scenarios.

    1. Home Invasion-A List 1

    2. Home Invasion-A List 2

    3. Home Invasion-A List 3

    4. Home Invasion-A List 4

    Now the bad guy grabs the child’s wrist to see if they will wrist escape.

    5. Home Invasion-A List 5

    6. Home Invasion-A List 6

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