Members of the Afriforum Langenhoven Park Branch in Bloemfontein completed the C.O.B.R.A. 1 Day Self-Defense Survival Camp for Adults on Saturday 27 August 2016. The representatives, who serve as members of the Emergency Response Team, learned how to recognize the pre-indicators of an attack, how to use verbalization and command presence to deter an attacker and if all else fails how to use physical defense techniques to stop the attacker. The participants particularly enjoyed the various escapes from chokes, holds and grabs as well as the physical defense techniques against a gun and knife.
C.O.B.R.A. training is ideal for members of neighbourhood watch patrols who are more often than not unarmed and have to rely on unarmed combat techniques to defend themselves should they encounter a criminal attack. The main purpose of a neighbourhood watch is to serve as the eyes and ears of the police and to be a visual deterrent against crime. Although the mandate is not to engage with criminals, it is a very real risk that criminals may direct violent behaviour towards neighbourhood watch members. It is then critical to know and be able to execute the most effective techniques to stop the attack. C.O.B.R.A. training originated from United States Police Self-Defense Training and was developed to be effective in the real world.
C.O.B.R.A/ Self-Defense South Africa is based in Bloemfontein in the Free State but are able to present training courses anywhere in South Africa.