Self Defense Workshop FAQ's

Interested in signing up for the Self Defense Workshop with Anthony, but aren't entirely sure of what it entails? Here are some of the most frequent questions Anthony has encountered while creating this seminar...

 

I’ve taken classes in the past and didn’t feel I learned much and/or forgot everything.  How will this be any different?

Many courses try to cram too much into not enough time.  Often instructors get overly excited to show all the different ways to protect oneself that they end up unintentionally using their brief time answering what if hypotheticals and/or turning the course into an infomercial to sign up for their karate school. I do not own a karate school.  At the end of the course, if you are looking for resources to learn more, I will recommend the best school for where you happen to live rather than funneling you into my school. As for the actual content, I spent 3 years developing this curriculum. I hold a BS in National Security with a psychology minor from The Pennsylvania State University.  My focus was in understanding the psychology of criminal intent and terrorism.  I also worked in-depth with a perceptional psychologist to understand how the brain integrates information into muscle memory and long-term memory to find the best ways to teach curriculum for integration. Moreover, I interviewed FBI agents, Philadelphia police officers, SVU detectives, psychologists, psychiatrists, and triage nurses to develop and aftercare curriculum unique to this course. 

What should I wear/bring?

This course is designed to teach you to defend yourself regardless of what you are wearing.  Though, you will be more comfortable wearing a pair of sweatpants and sneakers than trying to move around in a dress and heels.

What is the age limit?

Girls as young as 14 can take this course.  Parents should be advised that the content for this program is mature.  We will discuss topics such as sex, alcohol, drugs, rape, and domestic abuse. 

Can men take this class/can I bring my boyfriend/husband?

This class is designed specifically for women.  Women and men are exposed to completely different threats and often the self-defense men need to learn are for situations women have a very low chance of encountering and vice versa.  Further, in the horrible chance where you need to ever use what you learned in this course, it is statistically more likely to be against a male assailant.  We do not let men take this course so they cannot see the blue prints to the defense.

Do I have to take all five classes or can I come a la carte?

You do have to sign up for all five weeks.  The course is cumulative.  Each week builds off the previous week.  It is designed this way to yield the highest chance of building muscle memory and having the lessons download into your long-term memory.  You will walk out of your first class having tools to defend yourself but you won’t be as resourceful or tactical with your new tools unless you complete the entire course.

Do I need to be in shape?

The course is not designed to be a cardio work out the way a yoga or kick-boxing class is but there is physical movement involved.  If your heart is healthy enough to stand/walk for 30 minutes you should be fine.   Always listen to your physician if you have any doubts.

Can I have a private group?

The date and time for this particular seminar is open to the general public though you can reach out privately to set up a private group.  Pricing changes depending on group size.

Do I need prior training?

No.  This course is designed for those who have no prior training.

I’m really short/really tall.  Is that a problem?

Not at all!  The techniques you will learn do not require strength nor do they come with a height prerequisite.

What if I get triggered?

This course teaches you to defend not only your body but your mind as well. If you feel any of the course content may trigger you, there are protections in place to keep you safe.  You can explain your situation to the instructor with as much or as little detail as you wish to share and a plan will be tailored specifically for you to guarantee your mental security while making sure you have access to as much instruction as possible.