Vancouver & Richmond Self Defense FAQ
Are classes for women only or do you offer to men and children as well?
Hit and Run Self Defense strategies are effective for women, men and children. As such, women only, co-ed and family classes are offered throughout the year, weekly, on-site, privately and publicly. Children must be of 8 years of age or older.
Do I have to be physically fit to attend?
Classes are designed for all sizes and levels of physical fitness. You must however be mentally competent, in good health, and have no disability or medical conditions which might make participating in physical activities inadvisable. There is light exercise, stretching and striking of pads using martial arts movements.
What level of contact is there in the workshops?
There is no sparring or attempts to hit other students. We create an enjoyable learning atmosphere and all techniques are to be performed with control/minimal force when working with a partner. There is some physical contact through the execution of grabs, holds, joint locks, choking and ground controlling positions as well as the applicable self defense techniques to overcome them. Participants should wear comfortable stretchy or loose fitting clothes.
Do you travel to provide workshops?
Yes, a workshop can be offered by request to any location (nationally), should you wish to arrange a seminar. Fees will vary based on location, travel cost and the number of participants. Please contact us to arrange or discuss.
Can I just carry a weapon to improve my odds?
You cannot legally carry a firearm, pepper spray, or any other concealed weapons like knives, brass knuckles, etc. in Canada. These are items often not readily available when you need them and that can even be used against you in an attack. You can however learn to quickly improvise under duress situations.
Do you offer workshops exclusively or can I attend a regular weekly class to stay sharp and keep evolving my street survival skills?
Many requests are for workshops as people can learn a great deal of life changing skills in one or two seminars. For those that understand the advantages to physical fitness, regular review and continual practice, we do offer bi-weekly classes through the City of Richmond, that introduces advanced techniques, exercise and options to address increasingly more difficult attack scenarios. Please visit Krav-Jitsu (Minoru Sports Pavilion) for bi-weekly classes. Call 604.447.4357 for more information regarding our club.
Should I always fight back if physical or sexual assault is imminent?
Yes, but not necessarily immediately. The first few seconds of an encounter are critical, you do want to strike first and you certainly never will allow yourself to be taken to an alternate location, but if someone has the complete upper hand, you may need to verbally diffuse, set a false sense of compliance/confidence and attack when an opportunity better presents itself. Each situation is unique and although there are some rules you must not break, you also want to be practical and creative to ensure your safe escape or survival.
Should I teach my friends and family what I have learned at the workshop?
Yes and No. Sharing the preventative measures that they can also incorporate into their daily routine is valuable for everyone and will reduce their chances of being a target.
Demonstrating the specific strikes, techniques, etc. is not advisable for the following reasons:
PRACTICAL • INTUITIVE • EFFECTIVE • EASY TO LEARN