ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Phil Ross -- author of "Survival Strong: a Guide to Street Survival and Strength" -- recently conducted a workshop at Dwight-Englewood High School.
Ross of Mahwah held the three-hour certification for the Physical Education Department at the high school. The school is contemplating a self-defense unit in physical education offerings, for graduating seniors. Ross' seminars have lead to similar programs in four other Bergen County school districts.
The seminar stresses the three A's -- awareness, avoidance and, as a last resort, action. "Mental preparation, preparedness and situational awareness are tantamount to successful self defense," organizers noted. "It's not simply kicking and punching"
The teachers were instructed in the mental aspects of confrontation and situational avoidance; basic calisthenics specific to self-defense preparation; and basic strikes, block and kicks, footwork, and defensive tactics. The techniques are based on gross motor skills, leverage, and accessing vital and semi-vital target areas.
Ross also has a series of self-defense workout videos. You can find more information on the videos and the book here, or call 201-612-1429.For more info on Ross, read this March Daily Voice article.