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Warning about Sexting

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

Recently Schools in Hampshire and Hampshire Police have been warning this week (9th December 2017) about the perils of sending inappropriate images and the possible consequences.


Ladies Only Self Defence and Free Fitness Classes

Written by bryan. Posted in Self Defence

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Self Defence is an emotive topic with  many people thinking they don’t need it. Hopefully they are correct. We’ve covered a number of the key points to consider when looking at one’s own self protection. They are available on the following page:-


In our Self Defence course held at our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke:-

Our experienced female coaches will during the 8 week LADIES ONLY SELF DEFENCE course take you through a number of important areas so that by the end of the course, you will understand:-

– What self defence actually is
– The soft skills necessary for self protection
– The physical skills necessary for self protection

Learn how to…

– Assess and avoid danger
– Read the signs of an imminent attack
– Understand The Law and Self Protection
– Know how your attitude affects self protection
– Recognise and Protect your danger zones
– Defend against the most common methods of assault against women
– Defend against weapons


The cost of the course is £39 and includes free fitness classes for the duration of the course. These classes are and


For further information please call 01256 364104 or if you would like to book to go onto the course, please use this link!/~/product/category=3924156&id=32815890





A Life of Crime!

Written by Paula. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Black Belt Grading Project 2013 – Paula Clarke


The following is a questionnaire that was sent to a former Police Chief of Basingstoke who lived and worked in Basingstoke and Hampshire Constabulary from 1974 onwards.

The aim of it was to gain an insider’s knowledge (albeit a historical one) of crime in and around Basingstoke and hopefully to get an idea of how the police view the way we as individuals deal with self defence issues and whether the police see it as a vital skill for all to have or an annoyance that hinders their efforts.

I have to say that it didn’t really go to plan……………

To follow this you will find my questions in black type and the response I received in blacktype, because I didn’t necessarily receive the kind of information I wanted, I have then added my own conclusion in red to the end of the questionnaire.


Questions on Crime in Basingstoke


Would you consider Basingstoke a safe place to live?

Yes – Generally

Which parts of Basingstoke are safer? Does it follow that the more affluent areas are safer?

If you mean less crime – yes


How safe do you consider Basingstoke in relation to other nearby towns such as Southampton or Farnborough?

Probably safer but they have very different problems


Would you say there is a north / south divide when it comes to crime and which is worse?

Different types of crime – impossible to answer


What would you say given your years on the force are the most common crimes in Basingstoke?

Property crime


Who would you consider to be the most at risk group in Basingstoke for crimes to be committed against? Men, women, teenagers (boys or girls) O.A.P’s?

If you mean personal physical crime then young men


Why does this particular group face the most risk?

Combination of “macho” behaviour and drink


What are the most common crimes / HAOV (habitual acts of violence) committed against;

Men – Assault

Women  – Assault

Teenagers – Assault

OAPS –  Minimal with the odd exception

Not much of a sexual nature often in a domestic situation

 In terms of self-defence would the police consider a little knowledge a dangerous thing or do you think all women should possess some basic self-defence skills

It’s a Personal view, some basic skills

When interviewing victims of crime (particularly women) was there ever a common link between their self-preservation in the moment of the crime and their healing process i.e if the victim fought back, even if they eventually were overcome, did this aid in their healing process

No Idea ! only they can say 

Or was giving in preferable? (i.e was the ordeal over quicker therefore quicker to recover ?)

As Above

Is there anything over the years that you have seen work successfully in terms of self defence and does it work repeatedly?

No answer

 From your years on the force is there any invaluable tips/advice you could give to women to ensure their safety i.e, Plan Trips, Inform people of their whereabouts, Always go out in pairs etc

This is common sense especially not walking home alone late at night after drinking / clubbing

Where are women more likely to be attacked? at home ? Out in the open?

At home in domestic situation (violent partner)

Roughly what proportion of crime reported is solved / concluded

Too vague – obviously at home a high proportion


Is it a myth that you face more danger at night?

No – (outside the home)

Can you give me some information regarding your time on the force, i.e

Number of years’ service           32 ½ years  

Ranks held                                all ranks up to and including Supt.

A general overview of the types of crimes you faced daily

How the police view the perpetrators of these crimes / and the victims                                         Too Vague

Any other information you feel relevant

I retired nearly 20 years ago and can only comment on my experience then – times have definitely changed especially with the licensing laws and their effect, I cannot in fairness make assumptions about the present day, Basingstoke has changed!

It is not easy to compare Basingstoke with any other town as here are so many variables, i) type of population, race, age, students, unemployed. ii) Number of licensed premises and late night venues iii) types of accommodation, private, local authority, bed sit etc. iv) drug and vice problems.



Having received the written response to my questionnaire I had to sit and think what I felt about the vagueness of all the answers and the lack of any real detail, most of the answers we could of guessed at without any ‘special’ help.  I think the real answer to why it is so vague is perhaps because that is typical of policing back then, a time when it was very ‘closed shop’ information was on a need to know basis only and dare I say it a lot of information was not in the public’s interest and maybe a bit hush hush. It’s a very different affair to today with most things declared and available for public knowledge.


Which is the better way to live? Would we still want to live in a society policed that way? No, otherwise things would not have moved on, but do you feel safer knowing there were 450 burglaries in your area or with someone telling you “It’s not too bad round here mate”.


Knowledge is Power?

Blissful ignorance?


Maybe there is something to be said for both……………………. 


A Short Anatomy of Fear

Written by Paula. Posted in Black Belt Research Project 2013

Black Belt Grading Project 2013

Paula Clarke

A Short Anatomy of Fear


When considering self-defence we consider and accept the reality that somebody out there wishes to cause you harm whether it be physical or mental.  Accepting this reality may be the first step in dealing with whatever harm comes your way but understanding that a natural human reaction to a harmful situation is to fear it and then we can deal with how that fear will affect our mind and body and affect how we conduct ourselves and the situation.


Because of this I felt that it was an important aspect to look at when looking at the bigger picture of self-defence and protection as surely to protect ourselves we must first arm ourselves with as much knowledge as we can.

The Oxford English Dictionary definition of fear is;


  • an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm:


An unpleasant emotion? What does that actually do to our bodies?

Fear is one of our natural survival instincts/responses that kick in when we are faced with real or implied danger or threat and the reaction to this impulse is the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism it is a reaction that has been around since the beginning of time and is designed to keep us safe.


Imagine a caveman faced with his very first sabre tooth tiger what should he do? Run away as fast as he can (Flight) or stand tall use the primitive weapons that he has to defend himself (fight) or do nothing and be eaten? One of the first two could arguably save his life.


“DANGER IS REAL FEAR IS A CHOICE” (Cypher Raige – After Earth)


Fear itself is a chemical reaction that happens in our brain it starts with a stressful stimulus that ends with the release of chemicals into the brain that cause a variety of responses.


The Brain


If we start with the brain, there are five main aspects of the brain involved in a fear response, these parts of the brain involved in sending these stimuli to the rest of the body are;


Thalumus                 –          this is the part of your brain that decides where to send incoming sensory data i.e what you see, hear, feel


Sensory cortex       –          this interprets the sensory data


Hippocampus         –          this stores and receives conscious memories


Amygdala                –          this decodes emotions and determines possible threat


Hypothalamus       –         this is the part of the brain that activates the fight or flight response.




Parts of the Brain 

The Brain's response to fear, fear and the brain, what does your brain do when it's afraid, fear is the mindkiller


Once the brain has begun the fear process it sends out signals that the body will follow, These reactions all occur because your body is preparing to respond to an emergency, it increases the blood flow to your muscles, increase your blood sugar to give you a burst of energy and can solely focus your mind on the one thing that is scaring you.


In the face of an unprovoked attack that one thing that is initiating the fear is  the person that is attacking you and the situation that you find yourself in. This could be focused on the weapon aimed at you i.e a knife or the prospect of what may happen to you. In my opinion the most important part of all the above mentioned stimuli and processes, in the face of danger from an attacker is the Hypothalamus and whether your body can produce the correct fight or flight stimulus.

To produce the fight or flight stimulus the hypothalamus activates two systems;

The sympathetic nervous system – this uses the bodies nerve pathways to initiate a reaction by the body

The adrenal-cortical system – this uses the bloodstream for a similar effect.

The overall effect of the two should be that your body speeds up, tenses up and becomes very alert ready to take action, and fast, impulses are sent out which trigger a release of adrenaline into the bloodstream which increase the heart rate.



Possible Body reactions to fear


The Body's response to Fear, Fear and the body, Physical symptons of fear, scared




Most behavioural therapists will conclude that to overcome a fear you must face it by continually exposure to the thing that scares you, however when it comes to being attacked there is not a quick fix method of exposure to fix the fear, it is an unpredictable situation, however you can practice forms of self-defence which over time will condition you to react quickly in a certain way when attacked and not to freeze and panic with the unpredictability of an attack, using the hippocampus section  of our brain to retrieve the memories of how to defend ourselves perhaps


In some case it may be entirely correct to take the flight option and run as fast as you can away from the threat posed to you, which may be the correct reaction when faced with a weapon of some description, but more than likely at some point you will have to initiate the ‘fight’ stimulus and fend off said attacker.


Is the fear of violence a genuine one?


A gallup poll conducted in 2005 revealed the most common fear of teenagers in the united states, the list of top ten fears was as follows;


1 Terrorist attacks

2 Spiders

3 Death

4 Failure

5 War

6 Heights

7 Crime / violence

8 Being alone

9 The future

10 Nuclear War


The poll also concluded that most of these fears were continued into adulthood but that some can be very individual for example those people who lived in a city were much more fearful of muggings/violence than those who live in the countryside.  But does this perception of relative safety outside of cities help people or stop them for seeking the defensive mechanisms that we all need to know?


How do we overcome fear? What can we do to help us to react in the right way?


Learn – learn about the thing that scares you

Train – in ways to overcome the fear repeatedly and continuously so that it becomes reactionary and you have a little knowledge to arm yourself with.



“Forewarned is forearmed” isn’t that what they say ? maybe the best way to deal with fear is to accept that it is a natural part of life and it is there to help us……………………..

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