Women’s Self-Defense

Women’s Self-Defense

Women’s Self-Defense Workshop   I will be teaching a hands on woman’s self-defense seminar at  So-Cal Martial Arts Center​, 5080 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902 on Saturday, August 29, 2015, from 12pm to 2pm. The cost will be $25. During the seminar, I will go over the following information: • Understanding the criminal mindset • Defining the terms • Raising your level of awareness to people and surroundings • Seeing and sensing the potential for violence • The best method of self-defense • The second best method of self-defense • Escaping from grabs, bear hugs and holds • Simple and effective methods of striking to extract yourself from harm • Considerations at home, work and travel I am positive this workshop will help you to feel more confident at home, at work and while traveling. If you have questions, please email me and ask. I look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, Roy...
Excerpt from My Book

Excerpt from My Book

Jiu Jitsu Answer Man Book Excerpts Below are a couple of short excerpts from my book. Enjoy! Also, here is where you can get a free excerpt of my book: FREE COPY   Story #10: The Ultimate Style, Part Two Several years ago, I was teaching a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu group class at my academy. One of my purple belts asked a question about my thoughts on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defense. Here’s how our conversation went: Student: “Mr. Harris, don’t you think that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the best style of martial arts for self-defense?” Me: “No. Here’s why…” I started to explain why I thought this way, and before I could fully explain myself, the student cut me off and said… Student: “But I think…” The student had a lengthy argument. When he finished, I responded. Me: “Please. Come here. I’d like to show you something. Obviously, I am a black belt and you are a purple belt. I want to show you something you’ve probably never considered before. Put me into your guard and do whatever you want to do. Hit me, arm lock, choke, leg lock or sweep me. Do anything you want to do.” What happened next was memorable. As this purple placed me inside of his closed guard, I went to my position (something I specifically use to defeat Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but something I never use within the sport). Once I obtained my position inside his guard, I waited for him to struggle for a while. I waited until this purple belt gave me the appropriate pressure and movement. Once I felt what I...
Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Private Lessons with Roy Harris Are you interested in taking a private lesson, or a series of private lessons? If so, you are looking in the right place. Before I give you the prices and times, I’d like to give you a glimpse of some previous private lessons – to show you the various kinds of lessons I have taught: 1. I have taught private lessons where  NO WORDS WERE SPOKEN – because the person in front of me was deaf and could not read lips. 2. I have taught private lessons where the PRIMARY MEANS OF INSTRUCTION was “tactile” – because the person in front of me was visually impaired. 3. I have taught private lessons where I’ve had to SUBSTANTIALLY MODIFY A TECHNIQUE – because the person in front of me did not have the strength in their gluts / hammies / lower back to raise their hips up off of the ground, unassisted. 4. I have taught semi-private lessons where the experience levels between the students varied greatly (e.g. one student was a white belt and their training partner was a brown belt). 5. I have taught private lessons where the student argued with me for the entire lesson. They asked a question, I answered the question and then the argument began. these were some of my most fascinating lessons. There were no hard feelings. It’s just that I had a skeptic in front of me…and the only thing they would listen to was “experience.” 6. I have taught private lessons where I have allowed the student to beat me up  the entire lesson. They needed a...
Awareness, Part 1

Awareness, Part 1

Awareness Training Several years ago, I had some interesting dialogue with several people on one of my forums. This dialogue was about “Awareness Training.” Below are some excerpts of this dialogue. Enjoy!   Question: Mr. Harris, I’m hoping that you could help me out with some advice. I know you have a lot of experience beyond Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a lot of it is in the realm of self-protection, awareness, etc, so I am coming to you with this. My son is now 14 months old. At some point in the future (at an appropriate age) I am going to want to begin teaching him principles of awareness, how to prevent abductions, what to do if an abduction occurs, what/who/where is ‘safe’ and what is not, etc. I want to do this tactfully and without making him afraid, but at the same time, as he gets older I would like to teach him how to be aware of his surroundings and keep himself safe. I was wondering if you could pass along any advice, tips, resources, etc. that you may have, and if you would be willing to share any information that I could pass along to him? I really appreciate any help that you can give me. My response: Awareness is a great attribute to develop. It is the father of three children: Timing, Distancing and Sensitivity. Awareness, timing, distancing and sensitivity are the “mature” attributes to develop, unlike the “immature” counterparts of speed, power, explosiveness and endurance. Developing awareness will put a person years ahead of others who are stuck in the speed, power, explosiveness and endurance mindset!...