Unlike most other Corporate or Workplace training programs out there which focus on “team building” skills like obstacle courses or competitive athletic activities designed to boost teamwork , this form of training is unique in the fact that its’ focus is on boosting the confidence and creative problem solving ability of each member of your workforce as an individual.
In much the same way as most team sports allow either the most skilled players or the most dominant personalities to shine, conventional corporate / workplace training programs tend to favor those who are most assertive or dominant, while the rest of the team takes a back seat. This form of training is designed to develop the qualities of assertiveness, confidence and positive self-image in EVERY member of your team as an individual, thus producing a team of highly skilled, functional and productive members capable of accomplishing tasks and taking initiative to meet productivity goals.
In each Workshop, correlation to the workplace will be stressed during each phase of training to ensure employees are given the tools necessary to apply skills and attributes from training to their respective positions within your company.
Why Include Self Defense Training Into Any Wellness Program?
That is a great question, and it has several answers.
The following information was taken from a February 2010 article by Tim Rochford in Corporate Wellness Magazine
Our society tends to be REACTIVE – people wait until something bad happens before attempting to change or improve their situations. However, once something bad happens, it may be too late. The damage or negative impact (short-term and/or long-term) is already done. What benefits may be experienced if a person or company is PROACTIVELY in trying to avoid such situations? Some companies recognize the many potential benefits of providing personal safety/self defense training for their employees – prior to a harmful incident. This training can range anywhere from brief lectures/seminars on enhancing awareness with no physical training at all to full-blown programs that include awareness training along with comprehensive training in specific and necessary physical self defense skills. Companies need to see the short-term and long-term value in providing important life-saving skills for their employees.
Other than the primary benefit of teaching employees how to avoid, deal with and/or physically defend themselves against a physical attack – there are very significant reasons why a company might want to offer such a program. Here are some great reasons to include personal protection training:
Self Defense training can prevent workplace violence before it even happens. Workplace violence is growing at an alarming rate. However, it has been proven that in a situation where an aggressor might sustain an injury himself by initiating a violent attack…he avoids such actions altogether!
Imagine the costs a company could incur after dealing with the aftermath of an act of violence in the workplace. A small investment of time and money in quality self defense training today can prevent catastrophic losses in the future – losses that can literally cripple a company.
Employees who are capable of protecting themselves are more confident, which directly affects their level of performance and their leadership potential. Untrained individuals tend to avoid situations where they are required to be open to new situations and people. Self defense training helps to build confidence, increase self-esteem, and a greater sense of leadership presence. Confident people tend to be more able to overcome obstacles and get the job done.
People who feel safer are less prone to the debilitating effects of stress, which is the number one factor in many illnesses and a leading cause of on-the-job accidents. The increased confidence, coupled with an increased sense of calm, can mean a long-term cost savings for an employer. Less stress means less stress-related illnesses, less lost time due to illness, fewer accidents, and higher productivity. Without the burden of stress-related paralysis, employees are more energetic, quick-thinking, and relaxed – making them more productive members of your organization.
Self-defense training has been shown to improve employee discipline, morale and enhance teamwork. Feelings of weakness, social anxiety, and concern for one’s safety, by any one individual, can cause stress on an entire employee group. Many employees live in fear of making the wrong decisions, some care little for their job – expecting to be paid for time rather than productivity – and others suffer from poor interpersonal skills. The difference between a company with a workforce made up of positive, powerful, and productive people and one that is not, is quite obvious.
Emotional and psychological barriers to personal achievement can prevent a team from functioning productively. A properly structured program allows team members to come together in a supportive environment to learn important skills. With the help of co-workers, individuals with weaker skill sets learn to overcome obstacles and fears that may be holding them back, and safely become leaders in their own right within their groups.
Self-defense training improves creative problem solving skills. Self defense training can help employees learn to creatively overcome obstacles to success. This type of training can develop and/or improve problem-solving abilities, creativity, and “outside the box” thinking. Employees learn to think “strategically”, providing their company with the ability to identify symptoms and root causes of problems and determine both corrective and preventive actions, leading to less wasted time, money, and other resources in having to repeatedly “replace band-aids.”
Employees may experience a greater sense of happiness and peace of mind. Happier employees provide many benefits for their company. Individuals who have a confident, positive outlook on life are less likely to be threatened by change, become defensive with others, or lash out at others verbally, physically, or emotionally when things don’t go smoothly. Martial arts-based self defense training is known to be a source of personal empowerment and confidence, providing a person with the ability to be in control of him or herself. It is this type of person that tends to attract and affect others in a positive way, making them a valuable asset to any company.
Some Other Benefits of Self Defense Training
Besides the obvious enhancement of personal safety, this type of training, if properly structured and implemented, offers many benefits that can elevate the quality of life on both a personal and professional level. Here is a partial list of obvious benefits:
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