CSPS Seminar Writeup–Endon Scouts, 19.10.2012: Night Safety for Children

Last night I had the pleasure of being invited down to Endon Scout Group’s headquarters where I gave a two-hour introductory seminar on staying safe at night for children. This is more a reference for anyone who attended than anything else, but it may be interesting for parents wondering what their son or daughter did on Friday too.

First off, I just want to thank everyone involved for the warm welcome and excellent atmosphere throughout. The kids, parents and staff that I spoke to were excellent and made us feel very welcome. The whole evening was an absolute pleasure!

We started off with a quick run through basic ideas of respect, honesty and awareness. Here’s a few points for your reference:

  • Respect: All CSPS sessions are based on a system of constant and mutual respect between all present. It’s not ‘teacher and student’, and not ‘adult and some kids’ but a group of people training together. Respect is earned, but we all deserve it the same as everyone else.
  • Honesty: Honesty with yourself is vital. If you don’t know why you’re training something, or can’t work out whether it’s going to work or not, then you have to be honest with yourself and accept that you don’t know! Then you need to be honest with your instructor and ask your questions! Honesty with yourself also means accepting your limitations as well as your strengths, and examining your attitude and mindset too. Honesty with your parents is also vital! If anything happens – whether it’s a small incident of bullying at school, a big incident of bullying at school, or an adult who tried to take you somewhere, or anything else that you didn’t like, you must be completely honest with your parents/guardians about what happened, in as much detail as you can manage! If the police are involved, no matter what happened again you must remain completely honest in every detail!
  • Awareness: Here’s the colour-code system that we played with last night:

White: Unaware. Able to be bashed without seeing it coming. Don’t be in this state unless you’re asleep!
Yellow: Threat awareness. Looking around, listening, etc. Not paranoid or scared – relaxed, but observing everything. Ready. Be in this all the time.
Orange: Threat evaluation. You see something you’re not happy about – whatever it is, and whether or not you know why you’re unhappy about it – and you start evaluating and thinking about what to do. You may cross the street, go the other way, find a safer route, etc. Still calm.
Red: Threat avoidance. You may need to run or hide. You may need to de-escalate by talking someone out of their anger, etc. You may even need to pre-emptively strike or similar in order to make your escape opportunity.
Black: Survival. This may be running, or hiding again, or it may be fighting tooth and nail to survive. A bad situation you really need to escape from ASAP.

This system isn’t mine – it was made by a man called Jeff Cooper, who I’ve never spoken to but I’ve heard many good things about. I’d recommend researching him if you’re interested. This is just my take on the concept, and may differ from some other people’s.

After that we got into the physical combatives focussed around striking and getting out of grabs predominantly. Then we drilled running away from someone insisting that we show them to a place. If you take nothing else away from our brief little session, remember this:

YOU SHOULD NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO TRY AND TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. Your social awkwardness around saying ‘no’, not holding someone’s hand or running away without being physically attacked MUST BE IGNORED! I cannot stress this strongly enough. Social awkwardness will not save you! Leave it for social situations. Someone trying to commit a crime on you is not a social situation (depending on how we’re using the term), and as such the rules of social interaction such as awkwardness in particular do not apply!

Then we had question time, which seemed to be preoccupied mostly with what to do if you end up killing somebody! Funny as it may be to be asked that a few different times in a few different ways (especially the acid bath question made me laugh! Ahh, dark humour…), it’s a perfectly valid and important question. To simplify, I refer you back to the previous stuff about honesty. When telling your parents and the police in that situation what has happened, honesty is what you need.

What I will do for you when I get the chance is ask a police officer I know what exactly should be your considerations in a situation like that. Until then, I recommend a book called ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’ by Mark Dawes. Full details of the book, with review and room for discussion can be found on the CSPS forum –> Resources –> Literature at http://cspsonline.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=literature&action=display&thread=144 and you can get it easily on eBay or Amazon. Another recommendation I have on the legal side of things is to simply call the police on the non-emergency number (101) and ask! If there’s anyone who can give you advice on these things, it’s them. I’m a self-protection instructor, but not a police officer and not a legal advisor, so I really do encourage you to make your own enquiries.

Any questions, comments, etc are welcome and you all have my contact details. Thanks for an awesome night and I hope to see you again soon!

CSPS Endon Taster (06.07.2011) Feedback

Well, that’s the end of an era – it doesn’t feel like 8 weeks has gone! The CSPS Taster sessions have now finished!

There is talk of something happening in September, but it depends entirely on who’s bothered and how many of you there’ll be – if there’s enough of you for it to be worth anyone’s time, and something can be sorted out with the school, then we’ll sort out a class for you.

To all existing and prospective Endon High students: If you’re interested, get in touch with the PE department. Tell them to get in touch with me. Or, you can just get in touch with me yourself if you prefer. I’m not fussed.

As it is, I’m open to the possibility.

Today was great; we went through the basics of personal security, and did some ‘Condition White’ adrenaline drills which I hope you enjoyed as much as I did! After that, we went through power amplification in striking on the punchbags.

Any questions, comments, etc – you know where I am.

Until next time,

FCIns. Josh Nixon

PHDefence (02.07.2011) Feedback

I think today’s main area of improvement was breakfalls, though we went through some rolling and used high and low reference for some nice old-school Wing Chun training.

After, we had four students taking their Blue Sash grading – I’m not saying yet who passed and who didn’t; you’ll all find out next week. Paul and myself have deliberated over the results and have come to a mutual agreement. More on that next time.

Next week, I’m thinking a bit more emphasis on groundfighting with the higher grades, and some work on parrying and striking with the lower grades. Not sure yet though.

See you next time,
FCIns. Josh Nixon

P.S. To anyone interested in the free CSPS taster sessions at Endon – next week is the last one! There will be a bit of everything, concluding with a few little demos of the kinds of things we do in a typical CSPS class.

CSPS Endon Taster (22.06.2011) Feedback

Hi all,

All of the students were PHDefence students again this time, so once again we scrapped the original plan and went with some more advanced stuff – in this case some basic weapons defence (handgun, stick and knife).

There’s no real news this time to be honest, but it just feels wrong not doing a feedback post!

See you all again next week (actually I’ll see you all from today on Saturday at PHDefence),
FCIns. Josh Nixon

CSPS Endon Taster (08.06.2011) Feedback

All of the attendees today were PHDefence students, so I scrapped the original plan of just doing an intro to the basics of upper-body striking, and we did some more aggressive pressure work followed by some surprise work and a few fun drills, before an anaerobic bit at the end.

All in all, a pretty decent session! Shame they’re short, but these are supposed to be tasters. Next week if we get any people who aren’t already students, we’ll keep on with the original plan:

Next week (15th) will be lower-body striking (kicks and knees, etc)
The 22nd will be defence against various stuff.
The 29th will be biomechanical manipulation
The last one on the 6th of July will be on personal security, with an insight into what training’s usually like in a proper class. This one’s important – if you’ve missed all the others then make sure you get yourself over to this one, because it’s going to be good.

See you then!
FCIns. Josh Nixon

CSPS Endon Taster (25.05.2011) Feedback

Today we went through some basic falling and rolling, with an intro to fall absorption and throwing. Before all that though we went through how to stand up, stupidly basic as that may sound, it’s of course important to know how to do so without using your hands, as they won’t last long getting stamped on!

Numbers were a little down this week, but that wasn’t a problem – it just meant we could get through more!

Next week we won’t be here with it being half term, so keep practicing your striking at home and your parrying if you have a partner. Rolls and that can be done on any suitably soft floor unless you’re really comfortable with it – just take it easy to start with.

See you all on the 8th – any questions or anything, you know where I am.

FCIns. Josh Nixon

CSPS Endon Taster (18.05.2011) Feedback

Today I was pleased to see a healthy increase in numbers; we’ve gone from 7 to 13, which is great! We went through some of the basic parrying defensive work, and then had a quick introduction to push absorption (think very basic waveform) work, and then played with getting out of grabs a little. To finish, we did combative shuttle runs and I gave a quick demo of rolling, which will be the focus next week.

As always, thanks to all those who came, and I hope you enjoyed it. Each week will get progressively more interesting, I guarantee.

See you next time,
FCIns. Josh Nixon

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