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My Self Defence Coach - Kinect Required (Xbox 360)

by Ubisoft
Xbox 360
 Ages 12 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B005NXX7F4
  • Release Date: 11 Nov. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,958 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description


Manufacturer's Description

The first video game of its kind, My Self Defence Coach helps players develop their self-confidence so they are more able to react efficiently when facing dangerous situations, allowing them to discover ways of protecting themselves from some forms of physical assault and to learn tips and tricks to better avoid and escape trouble when it happens.

My Self Defence Coach combines fitness workouts and self-defence drills into four primary categories critical to self-defence: technique, stamina, composure and reflexes. Kinect’s innovative tracking technology provides players with immediate feedback on their movements, helping to make the basics of self-defence easy regardless of the player’s skill level. These self-defence techniques are taught by an experienced, real-life self-defence coach.

To help players sharpen their minds as well as their bodies,

Key Features:

  • MASTER OVER 30 REAL SELF DEFENCE TECHNIQUES: Learn to spot threats, block and counter-attack with confidence
  • LEARN NEW SKILLS: Customize your training and tone your body with exercises inspired by martial arts, kick-boxing and cardio training
  • SHARPEN YOUR REFLEXES: Improve your agility and accuracy with fun mini games
  • RELAX YOUR MIND AND BODY: With a collection of soothing Tai Chi exercises designed to instruct users on how to remain calm and composed in stressful situations
  • DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS: With personalised feedback and tips from a real self-defence coach

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Customer Reviews

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 99% Exercise; 1% Self Defence; 100% Misleading 23 Dec. 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Before I bought this product, I had read the two reviews here on Amazon. What I appreciate from one review was that it clearly stated that this is NOT a self defence title, but could work as an exercise title. This will be where I start off -it's EXACTLY what this game is: an exercise title trying to sell itself in the guise of a self defence programme. Having gotten this bit of info from the reviewer, I went ahead and bought it and have been pleasantly surprised from the word go.

So let's get the most important aspect out of the way: this is not, I repeat NOT a self defence game. Yes, it does have a total section (and large part) devoted to self defence, but it's this part that drags the game down to lower scores. So why am I giving it a four? Hope my explanations below can shed some light on it.

Let me break it down like this: this game is divided into 4 sections: 1.) "Self Defence" training 2.) Reflex Training 3.) Balance Training and then 4.) Cardio Workout. In each of these areas there are different classes starting at easy and as you complete each one you will unlock a new level. (This is easily done and for those Xboxers after easy achievements, this game is a breeze on raking them in.)

This is, well, baloney. It does do what a self defence class will teach you, but there is absolutely no value in it. You do the moves, copy them, and then go to the next one. You don't learn anything, unless you force yourself to do the same class a million times for memory sake. I would not have minded this part, but what becomes increasingly annoying as you go through the classes is the amount of times you have to select (and this is by punching at the sensor) between moves to continue to the next phase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really worth it 7 Oct. 2014
I bought this based on a review that said it has good yoga sessions - in fact it does not. It does have some Zen/Tai-Chi but not of a standard equivalent to the yoga or similar in Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 or Biggest Loser.

The self-defence classes mostly require standing up while watching a demonstration and then doing the steps - of some value to know ways to break out of holds but does not teach proper kicking technique, etc. and not the same as going to proper self-defence classes. The cardio exercises are not terribly strenuous (I have not progressed to the higher levels yet so they may improve) and generally the impression as a 'workout' software/game is that it is more suited to those who are not very fit and would benefit from more gentle movements and less strenuous activities. I used this as a warm down after doing YSFE or Nike Fitness since it mostly involves standing around and doing not very much.

Clearly designed for women to give them some confidence/idea in how to deal with physical confrontations - however it is the bonus videos that probably are the most informative and I can imagine that there are cheap DVDs that can give more information on this (or go to proper self-defence classes as the 'game' itself advises). One does have to complete certain stages/exercises to progress to/unlock others - I had to do the self-defence, cardio, etc. to unlock the first level Zen activities - so don't expect to be able to use all activities without doing the others.

I have now shelved this to concentrate on more fitness oriented products - got it for around 5 pounds and wouldn't pay more for it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont 25 May 2012
By Keiko
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is VERY dangerous for giving a false sense of security. Self defence and this game always go on about kicking to the groin. Now look someone with a basic understanding of fighting arts would not stand in a position so someone could kick them in the groin. A slight body movement, slightly to the side standing position and this technique does NOT work, simply you dont get a clear kick to the balls. Other techniques are also not realistic, its not easy to gauge someone's eyes out, few women and only under perhaps serious pushed to the edge situation would be able to do this technique. This game, is about as realistic and practical as console game of Tennis vs the real thing. Very very different. Find a real martial arts club if your serious about self defence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not quite good 31 Aug. 2013
By Ludek
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This product does not meet my expectations. Kinect does not work quite good. I cannot recommend this product for someone who want to practice martial art with kinect.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed 23 Dec. 2012
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The game gives the basics of whatever you need to defend yourself, the only problem is is that it doesn't allow for strength or your own physical prowess
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self Defense 23 Sept. 2013
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It helps improve my children's skills and mine. Builds self confidence especially with the lack of security on our streets in Cairo/Egypt
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 31 Aug. 2014
By Lucy
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Great fun arrived quickly
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Jan. 2015
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I really recommend!
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