Exercise, Sport and Health Education 263

ESHE 263: Principles of Self Defense

Credit Hours: (3)

Examines avenues of self-defense, personal survival methods and danger prevention strategies including: defense for assault, rape, home security, environmental awareness, ethics, moral and legal ramifications of self-protection.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

1) Content
            A. Current research concerning crimes, methods and survivors.
            B. Surviving the panic attack/fear control.
            C. Cerebral self-defense (out-thinking the attacker).
2) Non Violent Strategies
            A. Gandhi and King strategies for non-aggressive defense.
            B. Reasons not to fight back.
            C. Legal considerations of violence.
3) Assault
            A. The study of survivors.
            B. Awareness of potential confrontations.
            C. Family.
            D. Strangers.
4) Rape
            A. Why study survivors of rape.
            B. When to decide to not fight back.
            C. How to fight back.
            D. After rape.
            E. Acquaintance rape
5) Home and Personal Security
            A. Dealing with police.
            B. Dogs.
            C. Alarms/Security devices.
            D. Firearms safety
6) Environmental Awareness
            A. Urban survival.
            B. Wilderness survival.
            C. First Aid.
            D. Developing a plan.
            E. Traveling in Risk potential areas
7) Verbal Encounters
            A. Dealing with drunk/intoxicated individuals.
            B. Verbal self-defense.
8) Physical Encounters
            A. Understanding principles of empty hand skills.
            B. Tool development.
            C. Skill in techniques
9) Counter Techniques
            A. Defenses against holds and grabs
            B. Defenses against ground mounts and controls
            C. Pain control
            D. Multiple attacks
10) Grappling Attacks
            A. What to do when the attacker is too strong/big
            B. What to do when the attacker does not respond
            C. Spontaneous attacks and counters
11) Striking Attacks
            A. Responding to punching/kicking attacks
            B. The sucker punch - performing and avoiding
            C. Cross Cultural analysis of skills for punching/kicking
12) Women and Martial Arts
            A. What arts work for women
            B. Finding an instructor/style
            C. Analysis of time investments models
13) Mind Control
            A. Bluffing the attacker
            B. A study of bluffs that have worked
14) Developing a Personal Protection Plan
            A. Ethical and moral considerations.
            B. Personal encounters with violence.
            C. Developing attitudes to survive.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Teaching methods may include one or more of the following:

-lecture and discussion
-simulated experiences
-role playing
-video analysis and discussion

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Identify current trends and issues in danger prevention and personal protection.
2) Recognize avenues of environmental awareness for danger prevention.
3)  Prepare case studies and techniques demonstrating successful strategies for avoiding rape.
4) Prepare case studies and techniques demonstrating successful strategies for avoiding violent personal attacks.
5) Perform empty hand protection skills.
6) Negotiate non-lethal force alternatives for personal protection.
7) Evaluate firearm safety.
8) Recognize legal ramifications of fighting back.
9) Identify ethical and moral issues concerning aggression and the use of lethal force.
10) Explain methods for dealing with police and law enforcement personnel.

Assessment Measures

Assessment measures may include one or more of the following:

- written exams
- position paper
- skills check

Other Course Information


Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed Gib Darden

Revised 2013

June 15, 2015