Experts in the field of self-defence are professionals in the execution, training, and development of certain combat techniques. Self-defence sports often employ similar skills to various martial arts forms where traditional combat techniques of anchoring and levering are used to repel and disable attackers. Practitioners are normally unarmed. When used effectively, a trained, skilled and experienced person can prevent an attack from a larger, stronger person and it’s for this reason that self-defence is popular with women in urbane environments. Notable self-defence sports methods include:

  • Japanese Juijitsu and its many schools and variants derived from Judo e.g. Brazilian jiujitsu, Japanese Aikijujutsu, Aikido, Bartitsu, German ju-jutsu, Kodokan Goshin Jutsu.
  • Civilian versions of modern military combative training such as Krav-Maga, Defendo, Spear, and Systema
  • Model Mugging - practising with padded assailants
  • Traditional unarmed fighting e.g. Karate, Taekwondo, Kung fu, Hapkido, Pencak Silat, etc.
  • Street fighting - unarmed e.g. Jeet Kune Do, Kajukenbo, Won Sung Do, and Keysi

Besides the practical purpose of defending oneself from an attacker, these activities can be practiced as a competitive sport and for exercise. Defenders may be judged for their performance in landing strikes, throws, and holds. In this sense, there is an overlap with martial arts in general and the same risks apply in terms of injury.

Experts in self-defence can be of great help to the legal process. In cases that require examination of a physical altercation between two parties, the specialised knowledge of these experts could provide crucial evidence in determination of causality or fault. They may also be able to illuminate information regarding best practices and industry standards which may have been omitted from consideration by negligent practitioners. The specific specialised and background needed in your self-defence expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

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Self-defence sports, like martial arts in general, carry a risk of injury ranging from mild to severe due to the nature of being physically impactful. These injury risks are usually sustained by amateurs who may suffer contusions, sprains and strains. However, experienced practitioners may also suffer severe injuries when sparring.Self-defence sports usually take place within a controlled gym environment. There are usually participants of varying ages and skill levels within attendance. Classes or sparring sessions are led by professional instructors who must adhere to strict training principals.

Experts in this field are essential in cases involving injuries that occur while practising self-defence sports and to help determine liability where instruction or equipment (e.g. padded floor mats, body protection) has been deemed to be inadequate.

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Martial arts - preventing injury

Each sport offers the participant a range of benefits including self-defence and the opportunity to build self-discipline. Most forms of martial arts are suitable for all ages starting from five years, but check with the association of your preferred sport. The risk of injury from martial arts is low compared to other contact sports. Most injuries are to the limbs and are usually mild to moderate such as bruises or cuts.

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