What is ‘self defence’?

The principal aim of self defence is to reduce the risk of individuals becoming victims of violence.

It is a fundamental principle of the BSDGB that the term ‘self defence’ is given its widest possible meaning whereby priority is given to those non-physical elements which are designed to ensure the personal safety of the individual. It follows, therefore, that physical intervention remains always a last resort.

There may, of course, be situations where individuals will be left with no option other than to defend themselves by physical means. The British Self Defence Governing Body, therefore, includes within its syllabus, a range of approved self defence techniques which are easy to learn, easy to apply, effective, and, of course, lawful.

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