As I was considering retiring from teaching martial arts and self-defense an idea, possibly from above, hit me. At 62 I am fully capable both mentally and physically of defending myself BETTER than when I was younger, just differently. There are self-defense techniques I need to share with senior citizens and handicapped people....
Therefore I am now offering specialized in home self-defense lessons
A fellow school teacher helps me demonstrate how "the pen is mightier than the sword."
My college degree was in adaptive physical education, which back then was referred to as special education for physical education. Having stared martial arts and self-defense training when I was 14 and never quitting, This gives me almost a half-century of training, along with the education and experience to teach and share in an effective manner how to defend yourself in a realistic situation.
Sensei Kirkham, what do you mean by a realistic situation?
Having attended martial arts schools that called two students to the floor.
Faced each other
Assumed fighting stances
And began light contact or even no contact sparring
I can tell you that is not how you will be attacked. You may be
Have your back turned
Have a bag full of groceries in your hands going to your car
attacked from the side
Two or more people may attack you.
You may also have various physical challenges that keep you from defending yourself in a traditional manner
In a wheelchair?
Using a cane (my favorite weapon)?
With my college education, self-defense and teaching experience I can help you learn how to defend yourself. I'll take what you make consider your weaknesses and make them your strengths.
Mr. Kirkham I don't have a lot of room in my apartment. Can we meet somewhere?
Yes we can, but let me ask you something. Where are you most likely going to be attacked?
Some park where we meet?
One of the first things I ask my students is to look around and tell me what weapons are available in the room we're in now.
Next I'll ask you how you'd use those weapons?
You might have silverware, a glass, an ashtray, your cane, or other items you may not think of which is one reason I'm there.
What do you carry on your person?
All of these things on your person and in your house can be used as weapons BUT....
NOT without proper training, so you can use them under the stress of a life and death situation and YES that includes a gun!
The physical exercise will help you do things you didn't think you could do!
Back when I was only around 16 years old in the dojo, a man came in on crutches wanting to learn karate. My Sensei accepted him as a student. When it came time for him to execute a front kick with his "bad" leg he told my Sensei he couldn't do it. My Sensei told him to keep trying. Eventually, he could do a weak front with that leg! A movement he previously could not do! There would be little to no self-defense value in that, but it was a high confidence builder for the student.
What do you charge Mr. Kirkham?
For customized one on one realistic in home self-defense lessons I charge $95.00 per hour.