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Teaching at LVJB: Avoidance and prevention+physical skills

By Linn

Last week we had the pleasure of teaching a day of self-defence training for staff at Lothian Valuation Joint Board, split around 50/50 between soft skills and physical skills.

Understanding violence

Understanding how violence happens helps us assess risk + spot and act on potential danger signs. That makes us more prepared to avoid or prevent situations that could become violent, so that they don't get to the physical stage, and in the worst case, to physically defend ourselves if we don't have better options.

A lot of situations can be avoided or solved without getting to the physical stage, but we know that not all situations can be avoided, and not all situations have a reasonable outcome, so simple, no-nonsense physical skills gives us something to fall back on, a chance to break away and get to safety if our other strategies failed or there was no time.


We really enjoyed teaching the group, great effort, and loads of good questions that showed they were processing the information and relating it to their existing knowledge and experience.

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