Importance of learning self defence in Essex

We don’t have to look far these days to read or hear about a wide variety of attacks.

Over the last few years or so since I started teaching self defence, maybe my listening has become more selective to these situations, but I’m sure hardly a week goes by without being notified by social media of an unprovoked physical attack.

A couple of weeks ago there was an article regarding an attempt to grab a schoolgirl in Chelmsford on her way to school. Chelmsford parents warned after man “attempts to grab schoolgirl” on her way to school.

Beginners Self defence classes in Brentwood and Great Baddow, Chelmsford

My self defence classes are for Adults, Teenagers, Youths and Families.

Parents, do you have a child who’s just gone into school year 6 or 7?

These are often the years when pupils start to be more independent, start walking to and from school alone and receive their first mobile phone.

Travelling to secondary school for many pupils can include buses or trains for the first time, having further to walk and often means longer days combining earlier starts and / or later finishes.

Mums reviews of Brentwood and Chelmsford classes …

…I had been looking for a Self defence class for my 10-year old daughter, due to start Senior School soon and walk on her own. She’s learnt a lot over a short period of time and has grown in confidence.self defence Chelmsford

I would highly recommend the training.

Essex Mum

……Having moved to Essex with two teenage children, I wanted them to meet new people and try a new activity. I was recommended that they try Combat Academy Chelmsford. I contacted Richard who was so helpful and my children decided to give it a go. They both really enjoy going with the bonus that this activity can be used towards their Duke of Edinburgh award. As a parent I now feel that they are getting fit, meeting new people and having the bonus of keeping themselves safe.

Parent of Essex Teenagers

What’s the benefits of joining the self defence class?

The hidden advantages that this training will give are endless; improving self esteem, building confidence, increasing awareness and making new friends. The obvious benefits are toning up, improving fitness and learning an important Life Skill – self defence.

Students looking for an activity for a DofE award, why not consider my self defence training?

Half day Beginners self defence class

Brentwood, and Great Baddow, Chelmsford Beginners classes run each month. They are structured as follows:

Personal safety (theory aspects approx 1 hour)

The format, although always fun, deals with serious issues. The Theory is often covered in an indoor environment, however, with weather permitting, we sometimes hold theory training out in the Essex sun (or at least semi blue skies).

From a personal safety point of view, the theory section of my Reality-based self defence teaches students to put mobile phones away, out of sight. Removing the phone from being on show reduces the focus and possible intent for an attack/mugging.

Mobile technology is important and gives us access to various parts of our life, both business and social.

self defence ChelmsfordIf we are walking down the street to work, meeting a friend, shopping, going to/from school etc. and have our phone out texting, updating social media, playing games etc. we are not concentrating on roads, traffic, surroundings or people.

There are many safety concerns arising from walking down the street with mobile in hand; potential theft, potential accident crossing the road etc.

Consider this; would you walk down the road with £50 cash in your hand? Yet we walk down the street with phone in hand, when these are potentially worth several hundreds of pounds.

If you need to text, call or email; stop walking, put your back against a wall, deal with the text etc. then securely replace the mobile in a bag or pocket and continue with whatever you were doing.

Practical aspects; standing and floor based techniques (approx 2 hours)

The second part of the Beginners class is outside and deals with the practical elements of the training system and fitness.

The techniques are fairly simple however, very effective and are not reliant on strength. Students do not have to be super fit.

Following attendance at a half day beginners class students are able to attend the weekly classes as frequently as they wish to improve, critique and learn many new practical techniques, including knife and rape defence.

Alternatively, why not hold your own Team Building, Women’s / Youth group Self Defence taster session?

Bespoke Self Defence group taster sessions; training can include rape and/or knife defence. Classes can be 1-off or a course of sessions. Parent and child sessions are very popular.

Isn’t it Better to know and not need, than need and not know!

What to do Next

Phone or email to either book a Beginners class in Brentwood or Great Baddow, Chelmsford; or discuss hosting your own group session in Essex, London or the South East.

Contact Richard Mitchener, Self Defence and Fitness Instructor


Phone: 07798 628 207

Stay Safe