Being a small framed woman, I decided back in college it was a good idea to take some self defense courses. I stand about 5 feet tall and weigh in right at 100 pounds most of the time. I know my sons will totally out grow me when they become teenagers, and I’ll be this small woman looking up at them telling them to do their home work and put their laundry away. I will no longer have that intimidating factor, unless its my evil eye they are afraid of, I won’t be able to hold them down during tickle fights either. 😉
Anyway, I think its important for women of all shapes and sizes to be able to defend themselves in case of an attack. I’ve learned a few pointers in self defense course that necessarily take a whole lot of strength, just will.
For example, when you are walking out to your care in the middle of the night and not sure of your surroundings, grip your car key between your fingers and make a fist. If you have to punch, your key will make the first impression and not feel very good. Use your high heels to your advantage, kick the person’s crotch, or twist your high heel into their foot, then run and scream as loudly as you possibly can to scare the attacker off. The attacker doesn’t want to be seen and he is hoping you will comply and go with him silently. Do the exact opposite!
Make a scene, scratch, claw, bite do what you can to get away!
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I’ve often thought about extending my self defense lessons from just a few college credit hours to full on self defense classes like martial arts, or just doing it for fitness training with the added benefit of being able to defend myself properly. I have two boys that may benefit from martial arts or Suwit muay thai lessons one day. I’ve seen training camps online held in Thailand where people use this kind of martial arts to loose weight rapidly, get in shape, and obviously for self defense reasons. I also think if you use it for fitness purposes, being able to knock out two birds with one stone is kinda cool, both figuratively and physically.
My oldest son is very small for his age, and while I don’t think violence in any form is ever appropriate, I’d love for him to know how to defend himself one day in case he’s ever attacked by anyone. I’d want him to have the confidence to do so, but the respect enough to know when to use it.
What do you think about your son or daughter choosing martial arts as an extra curricular activity or what about using it as a means to get into shape?
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