Seniors' Self Defense Classes
The SAFE International™ Self Defense Mission includes the goal to teach violence-prevention strategies to as many Seniors/Older Adults as possible through a self defense experience that is honest, memorable, and effective!
When one thinks of self defense, they don’t typically think of seniors or older adults learning how to defend themselves. Well, SAFE InternationalTM has developed a course for this segment of our population. Seniors may arguably be the most vulnerable group sharing a similar statistic to that of younger Canadians in which physical assault was the most common form of violence experienced.
Most often our older population is affected by health issues, both physically and mentally which might limit their ability to defend. This is why SAFE International™ puts a heavy emphasis and priority on the Awareness & Avoidance component of personal safety. We understand that the typical attacker is looking for a target who they perceive to be weak, so the goal is to not even be chosen as a target.
We take the client through a wide array of scenarios that they may encounter on any given day as part of their daily routine. Just some of the topics we cover are, how to display true confidence, not faked. We discuss the importance of understanding and trusting one's intuition, safety walking in the street, elevator safety, safety in the home, protecting valuables, plus much more. The following video is an excerpt from one of our seniors courses showing one method an attacker may use to distract their potential victim before attacking. You will also notice how we incorporate humour into all our presentations. This is done on purpose to make all the participants feel comfortable while discussing some serious topics.
While the focus of our course with seniors is spent on how to avoid potentially dangerous scenarios, we do spend some time on the physical concepts. Our feeling is if one has to choose between serious physical harm, or having the concepts to defend if one chooses, then we find it important to offer skills that are in line with our philosophy of them being easy to learn, memorable, and very effective.
We teach to strike the most vulnerable targets on the body in a way that do not require a great deal of strength. The eyes are the best option due to the high probability that the client may not have the strength to deliver other strikes. It takes very little pressure to one’s eyes to get an effective reaction, possibly allowing for the person to escape. In addition to teaching a few strikes, we address the most common attacks one might experience. All of this is practised in a supportive and safe environment.
Our courses are so popular, that SAFE International™ Self Defense for Seniors has even been featured in the www.star.com in Toronto, Canada
SAFE International™ is a mobile self protection business so we are able to travel to the client. We have instructed seniors in retirement homes, seniors centres, in their homes, or anywhere a group may be gathering. Why not call us today to find out more about our courses which have been taught to more than 200,000 people since 1994.
Here are just a couple testimonials we have received:
“Safe International’s teaching principals of humour and relevance worked very well with our group. It can be very challenging to get older adults out of their homes and involved in programs. Safe International understands that teaching self defense through fear tactics does not work well with older adults. They also understand the importance of educating through laughter.
The techniques taught were relevant and took into account the varying abilities of the students. Time for questions and story sharing were enjoyed by all and the preventative skills they learned are crucial.
Self defense is an extremely important skill for older adults to have, not only in keeping them safe, but giving them confidence. Many of our older adults have lost abilities over the years and struggle to remain living independently. Safe International helped them to regain a sense of control and independence in their lives”.
I strongly recommend Safe International to other Older Adult Centres.
Older Adult Program Co-ordinator, Central Eglinton Community Centre
“SAFE International came to the Bernard Betel Centre and ran a very successful session with our seniors. Chris was a fantastic instructor incorporating humour and fun into the presentation delivery. He was able to tailor an informative and educational presentation that was of great value to the audience. The feedback I received from the seniors was wonderful and we look forward to having him back again soon.”
Health Promotion & Wellness Coordinator
Bernard Betel Centre