Going Green or Seeing Red…….


It’s the day after Paddy’s Day (dear american friends, please note the spelling) and I expect a few of you are suffering with the after effects of over indulgence.

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If you are, well fair play, I hope you had a fun, enjoyable and safe night out on the day the whole world turns green.

Personally, I’m no fan of Paddy’s day or other such public piss ups.

When out in public on days/nights like these I turn a very different shade of green and not the type you want to be around.

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Maybe it’s just my unsociable nature or maybe it’s got something to do with my previous employment before I opened Wild Geese?

You see from the age of 18 I worked in pubs, bars and hotels.
When I came to Dublin in 2001 I started working as a doorman, a job that paid enough money for few enough hours that allowed me to train pretty much full time.

I worked the doors for over 10 years. Mostly in Dublin, but also in Arinsal, Dubai, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

Thankfully I managed to retire from that life around the time my first born came into this world nearly 7 years ago.

Over that time I saw the best and worst of people. Mostly the worst.
It seemed that the “nicer” or more “respectable” the crowd the more chance of petty violence, fist thrown over stupid reasons and all too often an innocent member of the public getting caught up in the crossfire.
Sure in the less salubrious places we had kick off’s too, but those guys took their fighting more seriously as they understood the stakes a bit better, so from my point of view it never seemed so bad.

But watching and seeing this type of behaviour, especially on public celebrations such as Paddy’s day makes me sad.
When an innocent is caught in the crossfire, or is targeted for no reason, or is targeted as a victim of crime, well that pisses me of. I get angry.

And you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.

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So I stepped away and now deal with people who fight for sport, with referees and rules most of the time.

But I still teach self defence training for those that may have to fight without a ref, without rules.

Usually in the format of one or two day self defence workshops, or as private or small group clients.

I’m running once such event on April 19th in Wild Geese. A 1 Day Self Defence course covering the most basic and fundamental self defence skills.
Of course 1 day of training isn’t enough to become truly effective, but it is enough time to give you the start point, the tools to take away and work on, to sharpen and keep handy.

For full details of the course content and for booking information, please click on the image or link below:

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Click the image or follow this link for more info: http://bit.ly/1MIVqfc

Regards

Dave Hedges
http://www.WG-Fit.com

 

 

Are You Ready For A Night on the Town?


friday-night-workout-weights-04072011It’s friday!

This means most of you will come into me nice and early to get your training out of the way for the day, then as soon as the whistle blows to finish work, you’ll be into your glad rags and out on the town.

And fair play, you possibly earned it.

Possibly.

For the best part of 10 years I was one of those people you walked past with barely a nod on the way in and out of your pub of choice. I stood in the shadows around the dance floor as you danced, oblivious of the people around you.
For ten years I was a Doorman, not just in Dublin either, but in Andorra in the Pyrenees  Dubai in the UAE and Canberra in Australia.

And regardless of the location, the story always went the same.

Each and every shift, myself and the other lads would watch as the alcohol kicked in, guards dropped, egos inflated and before we knew it we’d be in. If we got there in time we’d be diffusing a situation, if we didn’t we’d be pulling two or more bodies apart and physically removing them from the venue.

A lot of the time it was just something stupid, a silly argument that got heated. Sometimes it was more sinister.

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Even on the route home after a shift, I’d see the same things happening on the street. I’ve seen pickpockets tailing some of the people that had left the bar not long before I did. One night I turned a corner and saw a woman on her own with three youths attempting to snatch her handbag. They succeeded, but ran the wrong way. They ran towards me, when they should have run the other way.

Now I’m not writing this for the glory, look at me the hero doorman, no I’m kind of reminiscing over people innocently landing themselves in bother or people setting themselves up as victims almost inviting a predatory attack.
I’m thinking, could these events been avoided or handled differently.

And the answer is a resounding yes.

With a few simple pointers, these people may never have gotten into these situations.

I’m also looking at the Central Statistics Office website at the Assault figures and seeing the number rise year on year going from just over 13 thousand to over 15 thousand cases. Cases of trespass have nearly doubled from 2004 to 2007 and has continued to rise.

This is why from time to time I run a workshop looking at the simple and basic elements of self defence.
It’s kind of what the cool kids call “Reality Based Self Defence” or “Self Protection”
I’m not cool and rather call a spade a spade, so to me the title of “Basic Self Defence Skills” is good enough.

The next one of these will take place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.
You have the chance to join me from 1000 – 1600 on Sunday 5th for Basic Self Defence Skills and again on Monday 6th for Rapid Response Knife Defence.

Here’s some of what we’ll look at:

Sunday 5th May:Basic Self Defence Skills

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Situational Awareness
  • Avoid/Evade/Confront Continuum
  • Fundamental Body Mechanics for Power Generation
  • The Three Fundamental Arm/Hand Strikes
  • Wedge Defence

 

rapid responseMonday 6th May: Rapid Response Knife Defence Skills

  • Flinch Response
  • Blocking, Parrying, Passing &Trapping Skills
  • “Safe” position
  • Counter Offensive techniques from safe position
  • Simultaneous Cover & Counter

Each day will cost €50, or attend both for €70.
No entries will be taken on the day, so drop me a line about putting down a deposit.

This workshop will not turn you into Jason Bourne, but it will give you the baseline skills, which if practiced and applied can and will keep you and those you care about safe from harm.
I won’t try to baffle you with bullshit.
I will teach you high quality, time proven and field tested information.
This is not a martial arts course, it is pure self defence, like martial arts used to be before competitions were created.

Till then, enjoy your weekend.

Regards

Dave
http://www.wg-fit.com

 

1 Day Self Defence Skills Workshop


It’s been a while since I ran a workshop in our own gym.
This year I’ve been to the far flung corners of Ireland teaching, but other than my regular classes and sessions, I’ve done nothing special in WG.

So it’s about time this changed.

On the 5th May, which is a Sunday, I’ll be running a workshop from 10 am to 4pm.

Over the last week or so since deciding this, I’ve been asking people, both in person and on Facebook, what information they would like to receive over these 6 hours.

The answer is an almost unanimous vote for Self Defence.

So for one day only, I swap my hat from the white hat of the conditioning coach, helping other develop their bodies, to the black hat of Self Defence instructor teaching how to destroy a body.

When I grow up, I want to be this cool!

When I grow up, I want to be this cool!

Am I qualified to teach Self Defence?

Well here’s a very brief resume:

1995 – Achieved Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate and trained in Goshin Jitsu
2001 – Acheived Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, and learned eskrima
2005 – Got the 2nd dan in kenpo, but trained mostly in eskrima
In between those certifications I travelled a fair bit and trained with some top guys in a number of other arts, I also spent a lot of time working on doors, where I got the opportunity to test out certain ideas and principles.
I’ve consulted for ESTS, run by former Royal Marine Special Forces member, Steve.
And more recently trained with possibly the worlds top self defence instructors, Mick Coup.
Oh, and I’m one of three people in the world registered to teach the Rapid Response Knife Defence course to instructor level.

Me getting hurt in the pursuit of knowledge

Me getting hurt in the pursuit of knowledge

So there!

So what can we learn in just 6 hours?

Well, here’s an outline:

  • Situational Awareness
  • The Avoid/Evade/Confront continuum
  • Don’t be THAT Zebra
  • Essentials of Power Generation
  • The 3 Basic hand/arm strikes

That doesn’t sound like much, but I promise, you won’t leave disappointed as we dig deep into each topic.
I can’t abide those courses that teach a million things and by the end of the day, you’ve already forgotten half of them. I’d much rather teach a few things well.
There will be a lot of practical work and I expect questions.

All in, it’ll be a grand day out.

Now the sales bit:

Date: Sunday 5th May
Time: 1000 – 1600 (there will be a couple of breaks)
Location: Wild Geese
Cost: €50 – Booking deposit (non refundable) of 15% or so is needed to secure your place
Max Attendance: 18 people, so get yourself booked!
Experience needed: None
Equipment Needed: Notepad & Pen, Open Mind, Enthusiasm, Water, Groin Protector, Gum Shield (optional)

Get in touch

Dave

http://www.wg-fit.com