Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Will self-defence work for a girl being raped?


Since the Delhi gang-rape, so far 18 people have asked me -  
" Will self-defence techniques actually work
for an 'average girl' against a group of men.?! "
My answer is - 

" Those who keep asking "Will this work?!" die without finding out whether it will."
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Learning provides you the tools.
Practice makes you an expert.
Pushing yourself out of the comfort-zone makes you superior.
and above all..
Introspection makes you realistic

That's too true of all arts. The same hierarchy applies to learning to fight also. So, every input in learning has an output in application ...
... which is reasonably proportionate. Whether its Singing, Tennis, Medicine, Drama, Astronomy or KravMaga. If you have a natural aptitude to that field, the progress will be better than your peers.



Decide at which level you want to play..and put in the required effort .

You will find out "Will this work?!". .


Having pissed you off by stating "One can't expect results without effort" let me now try and please you, by giving you ... 
The Secret of Street fight
DON'T TRY TO DOMINATE THE ATTACKER. 
TRY TO DOMINATE THE SITUATION.

For a girl fighting men, it means running around, throwing things at him, screaming at the top of the voice. If he is on you, claw, bite and kick. Go for the eyes and groin, which are soft parts.
Will that stop the rapist? 
No it may not. 
If you are imagining the rapist will be knocked out cold, you are wrong.
At the most.. if the girl is lucky, the rapist may be temporarily blinded. Or he may be holding his groin in pain.

If that doesn't happen, at-least he may hesitate to come near again. 
Delaying is also tactically useful, since most of the rapists don't want to get caught.
The girl's chances are better now. She can again start screaming and running away.

Hmm.. so, now you are asking me,
" What if there are 3 people attacking the girl?" 
" What if the rapist punched the girl on the nose and she faints.?"
My answer to persistent cynics, who cerebralize everything is -
" Well...in that case..
no girl needs to learn martial arts..
because it looks like
she is going to get raped, 
anyway ."

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Videos -
KRAV-MAGA FOR WOMEN - CHENNAI, INDIA
KravMaga - safety tips for Children & Women - NDTV Hindu Chennai
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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Chennai City Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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3 comments:

  1. Pushing yourself out of the comfort-zone makes you superior (is it danger-zone instead of comfort-zone).

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  2. We are talking of training stages here, Babu.
    Pushing the threshold, to understand our innate potential - both mental and physical.

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    1. Thank you SreeRam sir for ur swift reply.
      U are ultimate. I got it wrong

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