Free Self-Protection Classes

Free Self-Protection Classes
High Level
High Level
High Level, AB


High Level

Event Date: 

Thursday, 2019, June 6 to Thursday, 2020, June 25

Northern Edge Self-Protection Systems
Stand-Up Jiu-jitsu Techniques
High Level, AB

Northern Edge Self-Protection Systems is a Non-Profit School of Martial Arts.

(A). Are you a woman struggling in an abusive relationship?
(B). Are you a young girl or boy who is dealing with an unrelenting situation of bullying at school?
©. Are you a parent with a child who can’t afford the hefty costs of getting them into extracurricular activity?
(D). Perhaps you’re a parent who wants to get into an extracurricular activity that you can be involved in the activity with your child but can’t find the right activity that intrigues both your interests?
€. Perhaps you just want to get involved in an activity that doesn’t come across like your wasting your time?
(F). Are you an individual, elderly or youth that just wants to improve their ability to feel more confident when it comes to a situation of road rage?

Self-protection doesn’t mean the situation always has to end up in a fight. On the contrary, if you're proficient in self-protection then a fight is the last choice of the situation.

But if the situation does come to a physical confrontation, then you would be wise to learn the basics of how to handle common street violent activity, such as how to get out a headlock, a throat grab, different types of wrist grabs, or how to deal with someone threatening you with a knife.

These are only the bare minimum of what you will learn in these free classes to the community for anyone over the age of eight years old (spots limited due to space).

A fight happens three times: first in your mind, second in a real-world situation, and third, in a court of law. Hence, you want to know how to protect yourself in a manner that is also going to help you in the courtroom.

The bad guy wants one or all three of three things: he wants your property, your body, or your life. And the law will stand behind anyone protecting themselves in an unprovoked situation, so your best friends in an unprovoked physical confrontation are the witnesses you can gather from the scene by using your words and your actions that are going to support you when and if the case goes to court.

In a rape or a kidnapping situation, there are usually two scenes: the apprehension scene (scene 1) and the scene of the torture (scene 2). In this case, don’t ever allow the perpetrator to con you and physically take you to the secondary scene—your best chances of survival are going to be at the apprehension scene—because this is where you’re going to be able to get some help by yelling fire or this is not my parent. Hence, the secondary scene is going to be remote and nowhere near cars, homes, or businesses.

We yell fire because people are more likely to get involved if they think there’s a fire because this could involve their property. People are less likely to get involved by simply yelling help.

Did you know that when your intuition tells you that a physical confrontation is likely to happen, by just keeping your hand at your chest level and your hands open (as in posing in a manner that is to de-escalate the confrontation), that it can not only help you in a court of law but can mean the difference between being punched in the head to being able to protect your face and head from repeated blows because your forearms act as a block—even if you have never had any training. Most people—when in the heat of a confrontation—keep their arms down or even worse: keep their hands in their pockets. Your arms, your hands, and your legs are the tools for blocking, and if your hands are down by your side, it’s your face that’s going to be taking the beating and you don’t want that!

Remember, if you’re in an abusive relationship: love should never involve physical violence of any kind. If this is your situation, then your relationship is not about love: it’s about somebody trying to control you. For more on this issue, see the movie called “Enough” released in 2002 starring Jennifer Lopez.

In order to practice self-protection, people need a place to practice, they need equipment—like mats, etc., and they need a trained coach—I am offering all three of these to a certain number of individuals free of cost as a contribution to the community.

If any of the above has grabbed your interest, please send me an email or feel free to give me a call.

This system is based on The Police Pressure Point System that was brought to Canada from the United States in the 1970s by Professor George Sylvain.

Principles of Stand-Up Jiu-jitsu:

1. Gross motor skills versus fine motor skills
2. Three-minute rule: KIS: keep it simple.
3. The commonality of technique: reduction of brain stall.
4. Multiple assailants: subconsciously looking around.
5. Look for an exit: place yourself between exit and assailant.
6. Take cover: place yourself between an object and your assailant.

Break falls:

1. Internal. protect the internal organs
2: External. protect the bones and the skull
3. Keep your head off the ground. protect the head / strengthens the neck muscles.
4. Keep your knees up. allows for seeing all around while on the ground and allows for counter kicking.
5- Breath out. prevents from having the wind being knocked out of you where you can't catch your breath.

Contact Mike Legare (2nd. Degree Black Belt Instructor under Shihan Steve Hiscoe & 2nd level of three teaching certifications under Professor George Sylvain).

Also, the author of “When Things Seem Odd: Polly and the Internal Guardian (On the Prevention of Abduction & A Theory-Based Approach to Self-Protection) published in 2014.

Stand-up Jiu-jitsu is based on the practicality of KISS :
Keep It Simply Simple to avoid freezing while in the midst of an incident.

A study manual will be provided to each student free of cost that will assist one's learning while climbing in belt structure.

Call evenings 780-841-0090 or by email:

This system also teaches:

Risk assessment and threat cues,
Engagement, to reduce a physical confrontation,
Understanding energy value in physical engagements,
Fear management and control,
Self-Protection vs. defensive and offensive tactics,
Utilizing techniques to minimize fatigue and brain-stall,
Effective striking techniques,
Combative tactics from standing, kneeling and grounded positions,
Survival mindset,
Active diffusion, de-escalation and communication skills,
Understanding mass/power and kinetic energy.
Use of Force Continuum of law enforcement and Civilian.

See attachment for a listing of the skills that will be learned per belt structure in these classes: Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown, Black.

If you're not into climbing the belt structure and only want to learn some basics, then this is fine too.

What’s the difference between self-protection and self-defense? Self-defense means that you’re already pounced upon by someone and need to take defensive actions to get out of a bad situation. Whereas, self-protection means one is vigilant and lives a life that is holistically based on safety that is inclusive in all realms, from driving one’s car to avoiding dark alleyways at 3 a.m. In other words, self-protection is likened to preventive medicine, whereas self-defense is likened to an antibiotic because one has already been infected.



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