Scenario TrainingPublished 02/12/2014
I'm a great fan of scenario training. By that I mean taking a specific scenario and focusing on the factors relevant to that situation. The extra level of detail explored is a great advantage of such training. On the flip side, training for that particular scenario can of course be too specific and detract from more generic skill sets.

I'm a great fan because when scenario training is used alongside high level core self-defence skills and drills, the overall value added is more than the sum of the component parts. The extra value is derived through the extra skills and training experiences gained though addressing the specific scenario in the first place. By training for a specific scenario will by evoke other questions and follow up actions to address, simply because a specific case is being explored.

If we balance our self-defence training wisely between core physical 'catch all' skills and specific 'in this case' scenarios, we ensure that our training is not only fit for purpose, but also diverse, thought provoking yet pragmatic and of course good fun!

I recently ran a scenario based session (and follow up) for a student who is a self-employed therapist. She runs her sessions in therapy centres as well as from home. She has converted her spare bedroom into a wonderful consultation room. Given that the sessions occur upstairs between the two people certain safety concerns need to be addressed. She will have in most cases met the client in public before the client first visits the house.

We went through her meeting and greeting procedure from the entrance door to the room and back again. We looked at various secnarios whilst in the room, and played out a mock session where things turn ugly. We looked at many scenarios from escaping the room as precaution whilst following an adverse gut instinct, through various attacks in the room itself to the extreme case of serious assault. This involved learning to defend from sitting, the floor and from any point along the escape route. We explored her escape drill, ensuring that her keys and phone are easily accessible should she need to escape the property. The follow up session focused on some of the specific skills needed, like fighting to get from a lying position to standing.

Like a fire drill, there is very low chance that she will need to call on these skills, however knowing that her training includes the appropriate responses should the worst occur, gives her the best chance to stay safe.


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