Stage 2 – Introduction to Self Defense Training
This stage of the program should occur soon after the Lunch and Learn session. I recommend that Stage 2 occurs within 2 weeks of completing Stage 1, while interest levels are still high! This activity could be anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Again, this amount of time is not a huge commitment by potential participants. However, it may be tough to schedule this type of activity during regular working hours, making it somewhat inconvenient. If Stage 2 of the implementation can be performed during regular working hours, there is a better chance for higher levels of participation.
During this stage of program implementation, the trainer should begin teaching some of the basics of the physical skills that are part of a complete program. There is little time for actual practice, but participants should briefly experience how movement and technique skills will be taught, learned and practiced using the principle of progressive overload. This is important to show them that the risk of injury during the training program is minimized (nobody wants to get beat up) - the physical skills will be simple to learn, easy to master. Participants become convinced during this stage of the training program that they will learn realistic, practical and effective skills AND that they can handle the physical training. After this stage of the program, participants need to be convinced that they will be successful.
In my experience, I have found one other important benefit to offering this stage of the training program - participants become less intimidated by a longer duration time investment in such training. It has been my experience that when people complete this 2 hour introductory training, they cannot believe how quickly the time passed. Because of this, a commitment to the next stage of the training program, which would typically be 3 or more hours, is much easier to do.
Again, at the end of this training stage, provide participants with a survey that is intended to provide: