WHAT MAKES A GOOD SELF-DEFENCE INSTRUCTOR? – Catherine Webb
urban escrima london hackney self defence
By Catherine Webb

There is an old phrase – “those who can: do. Those who can’t: teach.”

It’s a dubious sentiment for many reasons, but one which has been on my mind recently.  I’ve now been learning escrima for nearly four years, and have taught a little bit of women’s self-defence via its organisation.  Also in the last few months I took the first of some very, very baby steps down the road of becoming an assistant instructor, and it’s…

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THE MORALITY OF TEACHING WEAPONS – GM STEVE TAPPIN
Weapons Training London
By GM Steve Tappin

A longer post than usual as there is no short answer to this question – read on if you have the time – Moral obligations of training with weapons! I have often been asked is it morally right to teach weapons in martial arts? In short yes, but to satisfy the question honestly covers several points.

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THOUGHTS ON REASONABLE FORCE – CATHERINE WEBB
urban escrima self defence hackney
Article by Catherine Webb

Over the last few months, I’ve started getting a bit more involved in self-defence stuff, specifically women’s self-defence. I got into this through learning escrima – we take some fundamental concepts and apply them for students who have no martial experience whatsoever, in the hope of giving them an idea of what they could do and are permitted to do, both by society and in their own minds.  The aim is to instill a bit of confidence, a dose of awareness and the beginnings of a plan.

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HAMBURG SUMMER CAMP
Escrima Concepts Summer Camp – Hamburg

What a week! Urban Escrima members had the opportunity to spend a week in Hamburg at the Escrima Concepts Summer Camp. The Summer Camp is one of the highlights in the Escrima Concepts calendar and provides a great opportunity for students to train with practitioners from all over Europe.

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Here is what happened when I spent a weekend at a Martial Arts Seminar – Catherine Webb

9 HOURS OF GRADE 9!

Urban Escrima Self Defence London Seminar
Urban Escrima Escrima Concepts Grading in London

Article by Catherine Webb Assistant Instructor at Urban Escrima

Ever wanted to spend a weekend at a martial arts seminar? Pack the arnica, you’ll need it.

Day 1. 12 p.m. Injuries: none. Actually, technically there’s still a healing scar across my forehead from when I hit myself in the face with my own palm stick two weeks ago. For the sake of my ego, I should point out that I only hit myself to avoid hitting a man 5 grades lower than me after he charged forward in a way that would have ended badly. Just saying. Heroic, sacrificial face-gash….

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Nightclub Self-Defence Workshop
Urban Escrima night club self defence poster

We will be running a Nightclub Self-Defence Workshop on Saturday 5th October from 11.00am – 2.00pm at Roadtrip and The Workshop Bar, 243 Old Street EC1V 9EY.

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