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Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education

Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education

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    Most people have no clue how to defend themselves against a physical attack; they just hope it never happens to them. With Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education, you can equip your students with the knowledge and skills to minimize their chances of being the victims of violence and handle an attacker with minimal confrontation. Even if you have no knowledge of self-defense strategies, with this book you can teach your students personal safety, conflict-resolution techniques, and self-defense tactics.

    Joan Neide, a physical education teacher with a seventh-degree black belt in Uechi-ryu karate, has created an easy-to-use resource that will help you increase your students' awareness and avoidance abilities and learn the basic physical skills they need in order to defend themselves.

    Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education is an ideal match for California physical education content standards, but it's equally effective for use in any state. With it you can help students

    - think critically and make sound decisions about their homes and personal safety,

    - learn the motor skills and movement patterns they need in order to defend themselves,

    - develop poise and confidence to react effectively in dangerous situations, and

    - define their own limitations as they apply to self-defense.

    Neide supplies 19 detailed lesson plans that cover up to 20 days for a two- or four-week unit. These plans are designed for coed classes in 50- to 60-minute periods, but Neide provides practical strategies to adapt the plans for any class size and setting. This flexibility makes it easy for you to use these plans within your own curriculum. The book also offers in-depth safety guidelines and suggestions that will enable you to create a safe and nonthreatening learning environment. Further, the plans are well illustrated and easy to follow, and they include all the handouts, overheads, and assessments you need for teaching a self-defense unit.

    Neide includes a detailed description of each self-defense skill and release in a simple, structured format. You are shown step by step how to perform each stance, step, technique, and release. Teaching cues and class organization are also included. Finally, Neide includes activities that focus on home and personal safety.

    Teaching Self-Defense in Secondary Physical Education contains clear-cut, well-organized, and flexible lesson plans that allow you to teach self-defense and leave your students prepared and poised to defend themselves.


    Resource for middle school and high school physical education teachers. Reference for YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other youth organizations.

    Lesson Finder

    Part I Lesson Plans
    Day 1
    Day 2
    Day 3
    Day 4
    Day 5
    Day 6
    Day 7
    Day 8
    Day 9
    Day 10
    Day 11
    Day 12
    Day 13
    Day 14
    Day 15
    Day 16
    Day 17
    Day 18
    Day 19
    Day 20

    Part II Skills
    Defensive Stance, Evasive Step, and Safety Yell
    Horse Stance
    Knee Kick
    Front Kick
    Side Kick
    Back Kick
    Front and Reverse Punches
    Heel-of-Palm Strike
    Back Fist Strike
    Elbow Strikes

    Part III Releases
    Wrist Releases From Single, Double, and Two-Handed Grabs
    Rear Bear Hug Release I
    Rear Bear Hug Release II
    Front Bear Hug Release
    Full Nelson Release I
    Full Nelson I Release II
    Head Hold Release
    Front Choke Release
    Rear Choke Release

    Part IV Activities and Forms
    Introductory Lesson: Self-Defense Questionnaire
    Fun Beginning: Identifying Ways People Commit Crimes
    Design an Ad Campaign for School Safety
    Escaping From a House Fire
    Internet Safety
    De-Escalating a Potential Confrontation
    Points of Aim: Vital Targets
    Self-Defense Scenarios
    Myths and Facts About Rape
    Acquaintance Rape and Gender Stereotyping
    Stages of Acquaintance Rape
    Legal Aspects of Self-Defense

    About the Author

    Joan Neide, EdD, is a professor of physical education at California State University at Sacramento, where she specializes in physical education pedagogy, history, and curriculum design. Dr. Neide earned her renshi (master instructor) rank in Uechi-ryu karate in 2002 and has taught self-defense for more than 30 years at the public school and university levels. She holds a seventh-degree black belt in Uechi-ryu karate and has combined her interests in physical education and Asian studies to include research in Southeast Asian children's play patterns as well as the study of martial arts.