As individuals we are all responsible for our well-being. and those who refuse to look after themselves often have to suffer the consequences. The essence of self defense is to avoid confrontation, but it must be acknowledged that this is not always possible, and you owe it to yourself to fight back and stand up for yourself. In the natural world animals have very basic systems for keeping themselves out of harm's way; they use camouflage, evasion, and if cornered they will use their natural weapons to keep off an attacker. In the society that we live in many people feel that that they have lost their instinctive responses. or are not aware of them. The system of self-defense that we teach is based on uncovering each individual's innate ability to survive, their instinctive responses to threat. Along with the intelligent application of body movements tailored to the individual's build, strength and physical condition.
No system of self-defense is infallible, and much relies on the individual having a genuine desire to defend themselves. In the class we teach basic movements against basic attacks, which the students are expected to practice so that the response becomes automatic to some extent. Once this stage is reached, the students are encouraged to think of alternative in which similar responses would be helpful, since in life a mugger is not likely to confront them with a "textbook" attack. Discussion is always encouraged and teaching is given on ways to avoid the escalation of a situation beyond control. The movements taught are flexible such that anyone with a physical disadvantage or disability can be accommodated, so long as they are willing to learn. We will teach anyone who wants to learn, young or old, male or female.
The one thing we never let our students forget is that you only have one body, so look after it, and if someone else wants to hurt it then do your utmost to prevent them, and walk away with your self-respect intact.