An interesting clip popped up on the BBC website today about self defence for women by a woman. Here it is:
Here’s my potentially mansplaining view: She makes 3 quick points at the end – I really agree with her first two, (don’t be afraid to offend and use your voice) but her last one – “widen your stance” – I don’t get. I’d say the opposite – get ready to move! Get up on your toes (mentally, if not always physically) and get ready for movement. If you make a sitting duck of yourself against a man whose’s first move is probably going to be to try and grab you then that’s not good. Equally, if he’s going to strike you then adopting a firm, wide stance is not going to help either.
Watch my previous post about movement for self defence from Rob Poynton to see what I’m talking about.
Either way, I’m glad she made the point that despite all the martial arts techniques on show, the first two points can be done by anyone and are the most effective.
The comments section on that video is interesting too:
“I want to see that viral video of men teaching boys how to fight off the urge to be predatory.”
“But god forbid she be allowed carry a firearm to more effectively defend herself”
“Give her a gun and she’ll be unbeatble”
“Learning to hate men!“
“Unrealistic sweep, and sloppy arm bar. Train Jiu Jitsu, that will give you more realistic techniques that actually work. The clinch was also poorly done, with no control.”
” I remember reading somewhere that a man was jumped by 2 women. They we’re basically groping him & trying to take his trousers off. They wouldn’t stop & he slapped them. Next day, he had police at his door for common assault.”
There you have it – the great unwashed of the world live in every comments section. Never look below the line 🙂