Self-Defense – F.I.S.T.

29 Dec 2019

Self-Defense. The ability to defend yourself from being attacked or from an unwanted physical advance on your person.

What is the difference between self-defense and Tae Kwon Do? I don’t speak for all martial arts schools or martial artists – this is my opinion: Tae Kwon Do is an art, it has stances, and rules to abide by to be performed correctly. Self-Defense is much less rigid and has a finite point – to get to safety.


I have created a self-defense curriculum called F.I.S.T. (Fierce, Instinctive Self-Defense Training). I created F.I.S.T. as a 2-hour women’s self-defense event for groups. But in the year and nine months since its creation, I have widened my scope to include men and women of all ages (seniors included), and teens. You also now have the option of personal lessons.

So why would a Tae Kwon Do instructor and co-owner of a studio decide to start teaching self-defense? Because everyone needs to know how to defend themselves out on the street, in the parking lot, in a park, in a nightclub or party, on a school campus.

In my F.I.S.T. class I will teach you vital strike zones, pressure points easily accessible to disable an attacker long enough to get away to safety. Notice this is not street fighting. I am not advocating a fistfight or street brawl – just utilizing enough force to the proper area to get away. I also teach how to break out of a variety of holds, the 10 most common holds attackers use. These methods utilize timing, and some technique to break the hold of someone who most likely is bigger and/or stronger than the victim. I will show you how to use your body’s natural weapons because a stun gun, mace or pepper spray is dependent on your ability to reach it in time, and hoping the attacker can’t take it away and use it on YOU! I also go over 25 ways to not become a victim in the first place.

I do a lot of research on self-defense methods and only choose the easiest to remember and the easiest to execute. I watch videos and read stories from people who have been attacked and have lived to tell about their experience because they have had self-defense training. As one survivor states “your body can’t go where your mind hasn’t already been.”  See video.

I’m very proud of F.I.S.T, and it is my firm belief that everyone should know at least basic self-defense. My mission is “to teach as many people as I possibly can to defend themselves, gain confidence, and learn ways to prevent becoming a victim.” Knowing a martial art in addition to self-defense training is even better, but at least arm yourself with the minimum which can very well save your life. I also teach Stranger Danger and Bully Prevention for children and teens. My husband, 8th degree Grand Master Michael Ajay also teaches self-defense and self-defense against weapons. Self-defense is something we are both very passionate about.

Grand Master Michael Ajay and Mrs. Lydia Ajay – Your Local Self-Defense Experts.

At our studio, Ajay’s Karate, we are a traditional martial arts school teaching the very best in technique along with values that our students will carry with them throughout their lifetime, as well as self-defense for men, women, teens, and children. Call us today to see for yourself what we do at Ajay’s Karate! (916) 686-3478.

By Lydia Ajay, 4th Degree Black Belt and Co-Owner of Ajay’s Karate, 9634 E. Stockton Boulevard, Elk Grove, California.

Yelp Testimonial:  “I’ve had 2 private self-defense courses (series) with Mrs. Ajay and I have nothing bad to say. She has helped me defend myself from an attacker and bring out my inner dragon as we like to call it. If anyone is wanting to take self-defense classes and learn how to protect yourself I 100% recommended Mrs. Ajay.” ~Emily H.

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