Self defence training with a local dog walking/agility group

We were asked to provide a self defence course for a dog walking group, after the recent shocking murder of a local pensioner stabbed in woodlands in East Harling, Norfolk, an area used by the the Merry-Go-Round Agility group.

The first thing to add is that attacks like this are extremely rare and there is nothing to be gained from living in fear. They did the right thing to be proactive in their personal safety, finding a local self defence instructor to teach them effective ways of keeping themselves safe whilst walking their dogs.

So what do we teach a group of ladies who have never done any martial arts before? Something super simple!

Dog walking and situational awareness

Identifying a potential threat early is one of the best starts to self defence,  if there is no way of avoiding the situation then next step is to take the appropriate course of action.

Naturally when you are familiar with your surroundings, you tend to switch off. A simple game you can play similar is to “pursuit driving” – called “commentary walking”. All it involves is describing your journey – talking, but quietly, you don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to yourself.

Pick out potential threats and vulnerable points until you can do this without talking. It does take a bit of time and practice before you can effectively do this.

Short stick method

It is not illegal to carry a stick unless it has been tailored for use as a weapon. It is very useful for finding lost dog balls and whacking nasty people if they have the intent of causing you serious harm.

We decided the best thing to teach them, which is quick and super simple, is two-handed stick used by the Commando units in the second world war. Very similar to the bayonet drill, easy to learn and very effective; no matter how big the the opponent is. Within a few minutes they took to it with growing confidence and great enthusiasm.

The law

We looked at the UK laws on self defence, covering the usual: the use of reasonable, justifiable and proportionate levels of force. Our session finished by making sure they knew how to give a statement to the police.

Future training

We covered a lot in two hours but it’s important to practice skills learned, keep repeating the lessons so the reactions become instinctive and awareness becomes second nature. So their homework is to train for 15 minutes after every dog agility class and and visit us once a month so we can check skills, from there we can build upon the knowledge already given to them.


Close quarter combat

Direct, straight to the point self defence. KAPAP offers counter measures when dealing with even the most violent of opponents. We build confidence, a survival mindset and fitness.

Practical survival skills - Bushcraft

KAPAP is a survival system and run workshops with experts in the survival field with Alex Mair (Ex Royal Marine) and Fraser Christian (Coastal survival) school.

Edged weapons awareness & disarming

Learn how to spot a potential concealed weapon (awareness). How to react/respond to a robbery and last resort attempt a disarm.

Firearms handling & disarming

At Viking KAPAP we insist that you learn basic firearms handling. Students will learn how to make a weapon safe, understand the mechanics of a pistol and the difference between different pistols and revolvers.

We train with VCRA compliant (blank firing pistols and BB pistols for realism) pistols. In class you will be taught Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). How to react in a robbery/hostage scenario, evaluate the situation and respond without risking injury to yourself and others.

Remember, their is no 100% guarantee a disarm will work. Is a calculated risk based on the situation and how it develops. Attempting to disarm someone is a last possible resort.

Street grappling

We teach practical easy to learn self defence drills on the ground. KAPAP system teaches Brazilian Jiu Jutsi (Machado school) as a self defence not a sport.

KAPAP in Norwich

Location: The Norman Centre, Bignold Road, Norwich NR31 2QZ

Time: Tuesday evening 19.30 - 21.30hrs

KAPAP in Lowestoft

Location: Ruckus Martial Arts 38 London Road North, Lowestoft NR321EP

Time: Wednesday evenings 19.00 - 21.00hrs

KAPAP in Great Yarmouth

Location: Cobholm Community Centre, St Lukes Terrace, Cobholm, Great Yarmouth NR31 0AP

Time: Monday evening 19.30hrs -21.30hrs

Avi Nardia Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our chief Instructor Avi Nardia is part of the famous Machado family Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

GROM Shooting Academy

We are the UK national representatives club for Master of Arms Željko Vujčić. We teach practical shooting (UK we train Airsoft - skills and drills. Serbia is real steel without the restrictions of UK licensing)

KAPAP / Israeli Jiu Jitsu / GROM

Viking KAPAP is proud to be a member of the Avi Nardia Academy. Teaching KAPAP a modern street self defence system CQC (Close Quarter Combat). Israeli Jiu Jitsu is a more traditional version of KAPAP which is syllabus based. And final we are part of GROM Serbia, the selected firearms school of the Avi Nardia Academy.