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SELF DEFENSE: FROM THE BEGINNING

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by CONNIE HUNTER LAVERGNE

2nd ed., September 1995, 150 pages, $14.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-244-6  Review Shopping Cart

 

This book is intended as a teachers guide for those instructors who have little background in self-defense or martial arts as self defense. Its goal is to prepare the student for the possibility of being victimized by a violent criminal. The skills that are presented in this book are practical for the small 114 pound student as well as the 250 pound athlete. The techniques are based on leverage, speed, and an element of surprise. There is an attempt to use simplified techniques taken from Judo, Tae-Kwon-Do, Karate, Aikido, Hapkido, and Jujitsu. Simplification is necessary to reduce time in learning.
The Chapters in this book have been separated in a basic to advanced order. Drills and assignments are included to help the student learn the material at their own pace.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
Crime Statistics
Need for Self-Defense
Martial Arts
How to Use This Book
Questions

Chapter 2: HAZARD AVOIDANCE
Prevention
Awareness
Physical Fitness
Demeanor
Precautions
Mental Defense/Out Smarting the Attacker
Weapons of the Body
Examples of Common Weapons
Weapons for Defense
Targets of the Body
Self Evaluation
Assignment #1
Assignment #2

Chapter 3: BASIC PHYSICAL DEFENSE
Beginning Escape Skills
Choke Releases/Escapes
Intermediate Escaping Skills
Partner Drills
Group Drills

Chapter 4: ESCAPES FROM THE GROUND
Ground Defense (Down Fighting)
Break Falls
Questions
Drills

Chapter 5: STRIKING AND BLOCKING TECHNIQUES
Basic Striking Principles
Beginning Striking Skills
Intermediate Striking Skills

Chapter 6: ADVANCED PHYSICAL SKILLS
Blocking/Disarming Combinations
Defense Against a Knife
Defense Against a Gun

Chapter 7: SELF-DEFENSE AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
Reasonable Force
Reporting a Crime
Judicial Process

Chapter 8: SEXUAL ASSAULT
The Rapist
Date Rape
Reducing the Risks
Statistics on Campus Rapes
Men are Raped Too
If You are a Victim
Reporting Sexual Assault
Assignment #1
References

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Connie Hunter Lavergne holds a B.S. & M.S. in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University and has been teaching self-defense and coaching Judo at the University of Southwestern Louisiana for more than twelve years. She has over twenty years of study in judo, a former national competitor and 4th degree black beltor. She holds third degree black belt in Ju-jitsu. lavergne also holds rank in Tae-kwon-Do, Karate, Kendo and Hapikido as well as years of experience in fencing, gymnastics and riflery.
She has been an active volunteer for Rape Crisis, Crime Prevention and has increased public awareness through community and campus workshops, demonstrations, lectures and television interviews. She has taught for over ten years Methods of Teaching Self Defense to Physical Education majors and high school teachers. She has become a specialist in training blind judo and self defense students.


 

 

 

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