Tactical Edge Unarmed Self Defence & Intro to Basic Knife Defence- GTUK TaeKwon-Do Manchester & Stratford upon Avon

I was kindly invited by Mr John Archer 6th Degree to perform a series of four seminars for his group, two for Mr James Miley in Manchester & two for Mr Archer in Stratford. All the seminars were (happily) sold out, & I had a GREAT time teaching a great bunch of people.

First Manchester seminar participants

First Manchester seminar participants

Unfortunately we were so carried away that we forgot to get a photo of the first seminar in Manchester. Mr Mileys students were a fantastic bunch. They trained very hard, & gave everything a great deal of effort, even though I was taking them right out of their normal 'comfort zone'. I had a wonderful time teaching two motivated & enthusiatic groups of students.

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We started off working through a light warm up with an emphasis on breaking down bi symmetrical co-ordination, to break the ice we worked on Hubud to get everyone thinking about their co-ordination & timing. After this we moved onto basic takedowns, as this would be the most alien part of Tactical Edge to everyone. Once we had the basics down we moved onto situational training against common attacks, & finished up with an into to basic knife defence.

The next day it was Stratfords turn. Once again, a wonderful bunch of people who were a great reflection on their Instructors.

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I'll let Mr Archer do the talking here first..."On Sat. 29th May, Tactical Edge Self Defence Instructor, Mr Mark Davies came down to England from Abroath to conduct 2 x 4 hour seminars in Manchester, followed by 2 x 4 hour seminars in Stratford on Avon. On both days the students entered with 'trepidation' and a fear of the unknown. But once the courses got underway a fabulous time was had by all.
The first 3 hours were taken with unarmed close quarter combat, with the last hour devoted to defences against knife attacks.

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The atmosphere was very informal and despite the seriousness of the topics covered, a lot of fun was had, particularly watching the voulenteers get completely demolished !

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Well done to all who attended, and have asked 'when is the next one !' A huge thanks to the very talented and clearly very dangerous, Mr Mark Davies and we all look forward to seeing him again in the not too distant future, watch this space".

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I'd like to thank Mr Archer, Mr Miley & their students for making me feel very welcome. I can honestly say I enjoyed teaching these seminars SO much, & I can't wait until November when Mr Archer has asked me to do four more seminars in Stratford & Cambridge.

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