Thursday, December 8, 2011
Women's Self Defense Seminar
1. The wrist grab - if someone grabs your wrist, you pull your arm towards where their thumb is and twist out of the hold. This will work for either arm.
If they grab you from behind but your arms are free, you put your hands into fits and hit the tops of their hands with your knuckles as hard as you can (it really does hurt) and they will let go. Then repeat the above steps (elbow and kick).
3. If they are coming at you to grab at your neck - Poke them in the eyes with your thumbs before they grab you! Then grab behind their heads and pull down. Take your knees and knee them twice in the chest. The next is hard to explain but you cub one hand by their chin and the other at the top of your head and twist them down to the ground.
4. Grab around neck from behind - take both of your hands and pull their arm down a little (so they don't choke you). Step with one foot to the side of them and simply bend over. They will do a little flip and end up on the ground. Then you can take your foot and slam it into their ribs.
There may have been more things we learned. These were just some basics. He actually had us each stand in the center of the mat for 3 minutes while the "attackers" came at us from the front or back and we had to try to defend ourselves using our new moves. It was a little intimidating at first to think we had to do this for 3 minutes! It seemed like it would be such a long time! Actually it went by quicker than I expected.
Our instructor then put together a video montage of us doing our 3 minutes. I have attached the You Tube video montage! Note, the face masks are pretty hard but we were getting so much into it and afterwards, I had a sore side of my hand from the hammer punches to the mask and it got all bruised and swollen! lol
The lady in the yellow shirt was awesome! Basically she towered over these attackers and just started pushing them out of her way. Pretty funny! I'm in the purple t-shirt. My cousin is in the gray v-neck with sweatpants. Enjoy! See if you can recognize the moves I explained above! Look closely and you will see some groin kicks!!
All in all, we had a great time and learned some great moves. Will we remember to use them if being attacked? Hopefully we will never have to find out. But the key is to just do something! There is no real wrong way to defend yourself. If it gets the attacker away from you, you did the right move! Maybe I'll have to test it out on some of my dates!