Seminars Provide Introduction to Unarmed Self-Defense Tactics

(WXYZ) - Vigil Fighting System (VFS) International ( ) will host two different VFS Seminars designed to provide a rapid introduction to unarmed self-defense tactics.

The first, "Personal Safety Strategies," takes place on Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Cost for this lecture style, two-hour seminar is $10 with proceeds going to the Northville Civic Concern.

VFS concludes its February seminars with a course on "Fundamental Principles & Tactics" on Feb. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.  Cost for this six-hour, interactive seminar is $75.

Each seminar will be hosted at Dan Vigil's Academy of Taekwondo in the Water Wheel Building at 235 East Main Street (corner of Main and Griswold, Suite 103) in Northville.  Techniques taught in VFS seminars are designed for all skill levels and are intended to help participants:

  • Use gross motor skills while under extreme adrenal stress caused by violent encounters
  • Keep on their feet in the event of an attack
  • Quickly disable their attackers
  • Escape unharmed

All seminars offer a complete refund if participants are not satisfied.  Complete details on upcoming courses follow:

Vigil Fighting System (VFS) Personal Safety Strategies

Friday, Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 (proceeds go to the Northville Civic Concern)

This lecture-style seminar teaches the critical preventative strategies of how to go through daily life with maximum safety.  An overarching strategy is built, then the supporting physical tactics are taught in later courses. Included are the fundamentals of observation, conflict avoidance, de-escalation, boundary setting, pre-incident indicators and guidelines for the application of force.

Using these and methodologies from the executive protection field can help you achieve the ultimate goal of personal protection - never being in a fight in the first place. 

Vigil Fighting System (VFS) Fundamental Principles & Tactics

Saturday, Feb. 23 from Noon to 6 p.m.

Cost: $75

Designed to provide a rapid introduction to unarmed self-defense tactics, techniques taught are based on instinctive reactions and gross motor skills that are possible to use while under extreme stress. 

Simple drills designed to quickly build both reflexive defensive responses and offensive skills into muscle memory are introduced and practiced. Several situational drills also are introduced to give attendees an idea of how the techniques are applied against the most common street attacks.  These are the techniques that are useful in the prevention of sexual assault.

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