Practical Self-Defense Classes in Newark, CA & Palo Alto

self defenseWith more than 20 years training and teaching a variety of martial and combative disciplines, Coach Jeremy has formulated a real-world, scenario-based self-defense training program, for students all around the country, including self-defense classes in Newark and Mountain View for Silicon Valley residents looking to protect themselves and their families. New to the San Francisco Bay area, Coach Jeremy is excited to bring what he has learned through training with a variety of police and military agencies from across the U.S. Utilizing simple but straightforward techniques, designed for each person's particular abilities and strengths, Coach Jeremy's self-defense classes in Silicon Valley have proven effective and efficient for a wide range of students.

Group Classes: Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Koa Fitness Newark | Tuesdays at 5:30pm at Koa Fitness Mountain View.
Private Training: By appointment. Contact for Information.

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Coach Jeremy teaches private lessons, workshops, and group self-defense classes in Newark, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Silicon Valley.
Call 310-895-9927 to find out about ongoing class times in Silicon Valley or to schedule an appointment.



When physical aggression has begun, I want to introduce two concepts:

Stress Response Potential, also called Acute Stress Response—these are all the possible ways in which a person might respond to a violent threat.

Defense Target Priority—the 4 targets we concentrate on when trying to resolve violent conflict, in priority depending on the severity and circumstances of the conflict.

Stress Response Potential
According to evolutionary theory, there are 6 potential responses that humans have developed in order to deal with violent aggression, as a result of autonomic nervous system interaction. We can remember them as A and 5 F’s: Appease, Freeze, Flight, Fight, Fright, and Faint. Some of these are obvious, but there’s a whole literature that explains what each of these are, and we won’t get too in depth right now, but suffice to say that in conflict, we aim to start with the first, Appease, and escalate as needed to the fourth, Fight; but we never want to be in fright or faint, if possible, and the best way to assure those kinds of responses don’t happen is with training, which helps with inoculation to aggression. Much research has supported the notion that Stress Inoculation Training, or SIT, helps individuals more appropriately and calmly respond to stressful scenarios, as long as they are dynamically similar to the training scenarios.

Defense Target Priorities
Every attacker, no matter what, needs 4 crucial elements to carry out an attack. These are the 4 legs that hold up the table of aggression, and if any one of them is taken away, the attack fails. So we aim to target one or multiple of these elements in a self-defense strategy. I use the acronym WOMB, to signify our target priorities—what we target in priority depending on the severity of the conflict. WOMB stands for Will, Opportunity, Mobility, and Bodily Functions, which includes Brain, Breath, and Blood.

First, we’re targeting the assailant’s will to aggress, first by peaceful conversation and then by commanding de-escalation. Influencing someone’s will to aggress will always be the first priority, whenever possible. This is done of course with talking first, or intimidation second. If reason and then intimidation don’t work, and his will to aggress sustains, we then target his opportunity to attack. This comes in the form of escape, hiding, drawing witnesses or authorities to the scene, or a number of other ways you might imagine to take away someone’s opportunity to attack you. But if they maintain the will and opportunity to aggress, meaning they won’t let you leave and it turns violent, our 3rd priority is to target their mobility. This means potentially controlling someone, taking them off their feet and into an arrest position like law enforcement would do, using an immobilizing device like handcuffs or a Taser, or, if the attack is severe enough, breaking or forcefully immobilizing a limb—anything to stop this person from moving without seriously injuring or taking life. Which brings us to our final target in the priority list—the 3 elements that are necessary for consciousness and life: breath, blood, and brain. If the attack is really severe, we defend by targeting the attacker’s brain by attacking his ability to breathe, his cerebral blood supply, and/or a concussive knockout.

So, WOMB represents our targets in order of priority starting with Will, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we have to start at the bottom and move in order. Where you start in the priority list depends on the severity of the attack and the particular situation. If you find yourself in a Level 5 conflict, with an attacker who you believe has committed to harming or killing you, often using a weapon, and when there’s no way to escape or reason with this person, this would warrant an immediate jump to our life-taking level: Breath, Blood, and Brain. If someone’s at a level 4 conflict, and they’re using their fists, and there’s no way to escape, reason, or really control this person, you might jump right to brain or breath and go for the knockout or choke-out. So the target all depends on the situation and the severity.

That’s why it’s really important to know your laws, know your rights, and know yourself, what you’re capable of. Understand exactly when you’re legally warranted and when it is truly, ethically necessary to physically defend yourself. You better be able to clearly articulate and justify why you had no other option.