During Defense Education’s 15-hour training program, students will learn real and very practical skills for situations that are for most a once in a lifetime nightmare. Students will learn techniques that increase their capability and confidence, under safe and controlled conditions.

Students will also learn about real experiences of survival from the instructor that directly speak common fears and concerns students may have.

Week 1: The first class is an introduction class that helps students know what to expect during the remaining 14 hours of training. 

Before the class starts we will take time to discuss safety concerns, fears and hesitations. Additionally if comfortable we will discuss prior injuries, any trauma or previous experiences that might be a stressful trigger. Students are not expected to memorize any of the materials the first day, they should however gain a clear understanding of the initial speed and intensity of training.

This will also create an initial opportunity to build rapport and make any additional adjustments or assessment to tailor training for the student.

During Phase 1, students are introduced to several techniques for capability building. During this phase, all of the techniques will be focused on combative techniques for defending while standing. Offering a foundation to build on for training later on into the course.

Week 2 – Core Four Strikes
Week 3 – Wrist Grabs, Front Chokes, Strike Modalities
Week 4 – Rear & Front Hair Pull, Rear Choke, Additional Strike Modalities

During Phase 2, is the ground fighting portion of the training. Building off of phase 1, students will learn how to modify techniques for close quarter situations where the attacker has the student trapped to the ground.

Week 5 – Down Fighting Wrist & Arm Pins
Week 6 – Down Fighting, Ground Chokes & Holds
Week 7 – Reverse Role (Student as Attacker)
Week 8 – Rape Prevention – During Assault (Face Up/ Face Down)

During Phase 3, students learn techniques for dealing with attackers with weapons. The student will also learn how to use slashing, piercing, and blunt weapons themselves should they become available in the environment.

Week 9 – Unarmed Weapon Disarms
Week 10 – Improvised Weapons (Blunt, Slashing, and Piercing)
Week 11 – Blade Work (Defense with Knife)

Some modules may be expanded, condensed, or substituted based on the communicated interests of the student to what is most relevant for their needs.

The instructor providing training is experienced in working with victims of violent crimes, sexual assault, and domestic abuse. In addition, the instructor has also experienced multiple life-threatening events and therefore takes the greatest measures possible to ensure student safety and emotional well being.

During Phase 4, students will learn skills for mitigating, surviving, and escaping abduction or kidnapping. Initially, students will learn skills for escaping restraints. Option A: is a gamified version of abduction scenarios designed to promote critical thinking skills. Option A is designed for students who are most sensitive to trauma and triggers, to be the least intimidating training method for this topic.

Week 12 – Counter Custody (Escaping Common Restraints)
Week 13 – Abusive Relationships & Impacts of Alcohol.
Week 14 –
Abduction & Conditions of Captivity

Option A is available to ALL students!

Week 12 – Counter Custody (Escaping Common Restraints)

Week 13 & 14 Combined –
Option B: Is the Hard Mode, and the most intense version of the abduction and escape training. This will be a 2-hour session that will introduce the student to mental and physical stressors experienced in a kidnapping. This is equivalent to the U.S. Militaries SERE-A training with portions carefully venturing into a SERE-C level.

Students will only be permitted to participate in Option B when ALL the following conditions are met.

1. Student selects Option B.
2. Parents approve Option B.

3. Instructor approves student for Option B.
– Level of Resilience of Student, Displayed in previous classes.
– Level of Rapport between Student, Instructor & Parent.

4. No pre-existing mental or physical health conditions could put the student at risk.

5. Student is age 16 or older.

Students will OPT-IN only with the portions of the training they feel comfortable with. Students must OPT-IN every scenario.

Student safety and learning is a priority at all times to avoid any injury or learned helplessness.

Students will learn skills that provide valuable critical thinking, confidence, and problem-solving that will directly translate outside of life or death situations to give the student greater success in dealing with common life struggles. 

Phase 5 (Week 14 or 15) is the last class, and prepares the students with a mindset that they are never disarmed, teaching them how to quickly make simple yet effective improvised weapons from common objects.

The student is provided with a graduation certificate before closing the final class to recognize their achievements during training.

The mindset and concept portions of the training are not listed within the syllabus. 

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