Developmental Programs

DeMile Defensive Tactics Developmental Programs
a branch of
Tao of Wing Chun Do
Teaching since 1962

"Wing Chun" means "Beautiful Springtime", Tao and Do mean "the way".
Spring is a very special time for many people. It is leaving the cold and darkness of winter and awakening the soul to the warmth and beauty of sunshine, fresh flowers, singing birds and a feeling of a new beginning. It is within this context we use the term "Tao of Wing Chun Do".
It is a time for rebirth ... a time to grow.

Our programs are not meant to replace any medical or current psychological agenda the individual may be involved in. They only offer an alternative effort to help them return to a normal balanced lifestyle. Our approach is non-invasive and has been developed following three basic rules:

It must be Simple - Something you can do on your own and use tools you already possess.
It must be Efficient - To achieve the maximum results with a minimum of effort.
It must be Practical - It must produce the desired results; it must work.


According to many studies done at Stanford, Harvard and other prestigious universities, chronic stress can cause severe anxiety disorders which affect the immune system and prevent it from doing what it was designed to do: cell growth, fight bacteria, destroy cancer cells, overwhelm viruses and promote healing. The most common effects of stress are problems with sleep, depression, memory, anger, loss of appetite, and anti-social behavior. Also, stress causes over 90% of all physical illness. By reducing stress the immune system is free to protect the body and keep it in balance and harmony.

The programs are based on the belief that, although real, the origin for most stress are past experiences and therefore can be neutralized to a non-emotional memory. Also, that the sub-conscious stores all life experiences as memories and can activate or deactivate these memories. Finally, the subconscious will reject efforts to remove memory.

The steps to neutralize specific negative memories are:

  1. Recognize conscious/subconscious and the access bridge between them.
  2. Identify the obstacles restricting crossing the access bridge.
  3. Accept that the subconscious has the answers to all their personal problems.
  4. Clarify neutral spontaneous subconscious trigger responses.
  5. Teach simple communication techniques to access the subconscious.
  6. Underline the importance of precise information to the subconscious.
  7. If possible, ascertain the cause of stress. The reason for the words "if possible" is because traumatic memory is often suppressed or repressed below the person's conscious level of awareness. Our program does not require a conscious memory of the events that caused the individual's stress, or remember seminar information, only understand it.
  8. To validate or invalidate whether the problem is past or present, real or imagined.
  9. If from the past, recognize there is no reason the problem should currently exist.
  10. To accept it is alright to neutralize the problem and keep it as memory only.
  11. Outline the verbal/physical options to modify subconscious responses.
  12. Present alternatives to supplement oral reinforcement.


A theoretical approach to explain psychosomatic symptoms of stress by Dr. Hans Selye.

The Alarm Reaction. This is the organism's first response to the application of any stress-provoking agent or stressor. A stressor is anything injurious to the organism, whether physical (such as inadequate food, loss of sleep, bodily injury), or psychological (such as sustained threat, anger, job pressure or loss of a friend). The body is always trying to maintain a functional balance and will act immediately to any continued stress which causes imbalance.

The Stage of Resistance. If the stress continues, the Alarm Reaction is followed by the Stage of Resistance which secretes hormones (ACTH and cortisol) to counter the stress reaction and give the false impression that the body has returned to normal. The illusion of the stress no longer having an effect is because the disturbing stress provoking situation still exists, but the individual no longer feels the alarm reaction symptoms. The stress is still there and causing a continued strain, but it seems to have no affect. This continued stress in one area is often complicated by other stressors causing the body to produce more and more hormones to constantly seek balance and evolve into the chronic stress stage. The initial symptoms of underlying stress is often fatigue, loss of sleep, free floating anger (often taken out on family members), mild depression, and a host of other signals including excessive drinking and/or drugs.

The Stage of Exhaustion. This is the point where the organism can no longer adjust and begins to break down. The anterior pituitary and adrenal cortex can no longer produce enough hormones to maintain balance and deterioration begins to take place. Many of the physiological and psychological dysfunctions from the Alarm Reaction reappear and the spiral downward begins which can lead to a nervous breakdown.

The accumulation of stress happens over a long period of time and is very subtle. The negative effects are felt in the form of physical and mental deterioration as the immune system begins to fail. At anytime this degeneration can be stopped and often some recovery is possible, if the person eliminates the source of stress as early as possible.

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