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September first,The Academy of Combat Application Techniques in Fort Worth will be conducting a clinic for their Women’s Awareness and Self Protection (W.A.S.P.) program. This program has been developed over 15 years and was designed to teach women to be aware of security threats, identify high risk activity and situations, plan for and prevent a victim situation and escape a potential victim situation. The program is an eight hour clinic and covers, Texas law on use of deadly force; situational awareness techniques, profiling, and scenario based unarmed self protection training and improvised weapons.
The program was developed and is taught by the “Academy of Combat’s” head instructor Andrew Curtiss. Curtiss began teaching Women’s Self Defense courses as an assistant to his Martial Arts instructor who is a police detective in Upstate New York; when he was fifteen years old. Curtiss now 34; Curtiss runs his own programs based on the research and development that he has done over the last 15 years. Curtiss says he was drawn into this type of program, because typically women are not as strong as a man and if a technique works for even the smallest and most meek woman then it should be extremely effective for a man. Curtiss used much of his experience in Women’s Self Protection training to develop a military combatives program for his Special Forces A- Team when he was asked to develop an efficient hand to hand combat program in 2003.
Unlike many other “Women’s Self Defense” programs out there, this one does not focus on reaction to contact against a hostile force as much as it does teaching a combination of passive aggressive and aggressive “Self Protection” techniques. Curtiss teaches that there is a difference between Self Defense and Self Protection; with one being proactive and the other being reactive. Curtiss has published articles online about his action is quicker than reaction approach to self protection.
The next clinic will be Saturday September first at the Academy of Combat Application Techniques, and will run from 10 am to 6 pm. The fee is 65 dollars to train. Space is limited but Curtiss is already planning follow – on clinics in the event that there is a high interest in the training. Participants can pre register and assure a spot in the class by calling The Academy of Combat at 682-841-2212 or by emailing academyofcombatapplications@