The baseball bat is a basic and easily accessible tool for potent self-defense. Legally, the baseball bat is similar to the cane in that it cannot be made illegal for everyday circumstances. Most people know how to use the bat as a basic swung club. At certain ranges this can be effective, but it is extremely limited for the purposes of self-defense, as it limits the available techniques (especially defensively), recycling rate of strikes, the surface area of the bat that is used, and the effective range.
In this introductory workshop, we will cover a principle-based approach to developing self-defense attributes of the baseball bat that includes the following:
• Igniting efficient, full power strikes with minimal range and setup
• Using the full surface area of the baseball bat to maximize range of techniques
• Clearly establishing the vertical line of the body as a platform for effectiveness
• Creating seamless transitions between techniques by tracking the force lines through the skeletal structure
• Combining strikes that consistently maintain strong defensive options
• Developing a practice regime that is simple, scalable, and can increase in sophistication through very short but condensed practice times
Cost: $50. 10% early bird discount if signed up at least 1 week prior. Soja members receive a 10% discount. Bring your own bat, plus a wiffle bat.
Steve Seto has been a practitioner of Chinese internal martial arts since 1994. He is also a graduate of the Alive&Well: Institute of Conscious Bodywork where he also taught movement and body mechanics. His martial studies and bodywork practice is uniquely based on contextual contact and a curated language that helps students to have a clear understanding and methodology of functional and expressive movement, regardless of their specific discipline. These principles have matured into a comprehensive movement modality called Skeletal Contact Mapping. The Baseball Bat Self Defense Workshop is a direct product of these principles and serves as a potent and easy exploration of its effectiveness.