Self-Defense Essentials: Awareness to Action (5 Weeks)

Course Code: SDE101
Day: Sat Time: 13:30-15:20 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Spring Instructional Language: English Location: In-Person (Tokyo) English Proficiency Level: Any Level

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Course Description

This entry-level assault defense course is designed for individuals with no prior martial arts experience. The course focuses on enhancing situational awareness and understanding its impact on both you and potential assailants. We explore alternative de-escalation techniques to either confront or diffuse a situation before it becomes physical. If a situation does escalate, the course teaches efficient ways to disengage from the threat, covering low-threat scenarios like simple hand grabs. Many techniques require minimal physical force. Safety measures and equipment will be provided.

Learning Objectives

Improve Situational Awareness: Learn to identify and assess potential threats quickly.

Master De-escalation: Acquire verbal and non-verbal skills to defuse tense situations.

Learn Basic Physical Defense: Gain techniques for quick disengagement from low-threat scenarios like hand grabs.

Who should take this course

This course is designed to be accessible and beneficial for a wide range of individuals. It's especially suitable for young adults entering college or living alone, women who are concerned about personal safety, and seniors who may benefit from learning low-force techniques. Additionally, frequent travelers and corporate employees looking to enhance their personal safety skills will find the course valuable. The course is also ideal for community groups and organizations interested in empowering their members with essential self-defense knowledge. No prior martial arts experience is required, making it open to anyone interested in improving their personal safety.


No required textbook


Charles Joe Swift

Instructor Biography

Joe Swift has been immersed in traditional Okinawan/Japanese martial arts since 1985 and has resided in Japan since 1994. He founded his own martial arts school in Tokyo in 2000, specializing in Okinawan Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo (traditional Okinawan weapons). Swift holds a Nanadan (7th-degree black belt) under the mentorship of Grandmaster Uematsu Yoshiyuki from Mushinkan Dojo. Additionally, he serves as a standing director of the All Japan Ryukyu Kobudo Federation and is a senior advisor to the International Ryukyu Karate Research Society.