The Art of Self Defense

The world is as unpredictable as life itself.  Things happen that is beyond our control or that we could ever imagine in a millions years whether they be good or bad.  Knowing this and knowing that there will be points in my travels where I am going to be alone not knowing the language or the culture, I knew that I had to get to a point where I felt comfortable and secure in myself and my abilities to handle all types of situations.  Here enters Krav Maga and self defence classes.  I wouldn’t call myself the fighting type or any sort of ninja assassin though I must admit I did get into a fight once with a neighborhood girl when I was growing up, but I don’t think hair pulling and arm swinging counts for very much. I’m far from any of those actually but being a petite female I felt I owed it to myself to be able to get out of threatening situations if they should ever arise.

After doing research of what would be the most effective style of self defence, I settled on learning Krav Maga, a style originating from Israel.  Krav Maga teaches effective techniques that will essentially enable someone to defend against different types of attacks and allow them to remove themselves from dangerous situations. I started taking Krav class in the end of October and was by no means a model student.  The wiring of my brain caused me to forget some techniques even though we practised for what seemed like a million times.  I could never be a backup dancer for Brittany Spears due to this but I digress.  As I continued practising move by move and step by step, I soon became more confident in myself.  My perception slowly changed as my confidence increased.  I now feel my limbs can be used as weapons!  Yes, you heard correctly!  I can inflict pain on a would be attacker in order to protect myself. That ladies and gentlemen is very empowering!

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 Krav Maga classmates in Waterford.

As my trip date started getting closer, I knew I wanted to continue taking classes if I had the opportunity. Luckily, as I mentioned in another post, I found a teacher in Taiwan who has been kind enough to provide his time and talents to students interested in learning self defense. I have now been to a few classes, and although it can be tiring commuting back and forth from Taichung to Taipei in a single day, it is well worth it! I’ve managed to add new techniques to my arsenal. Be afraid, be very afraid would be attackers! Thanks again Rob!

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Class is held at the Sun Yet Sun Memorial.

Would I recommend someone to take self defence classes even if they weren’t planning to travel the world solo?  Yes, I would highly recommend it.  It’s a discipline that takes practice yet engages the mind, the body, and the intuition.  Besides, you get to meet some wonderful people along the way.

Rob has a Facebook page with information about the class.  Click on Freeform Combative Arts to go to the page.

Below is a video of what we learn in an ordinary class. Don’t mind the kids practising hip hop dance moves in the background. This location is a very popular area on weekends.

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Self Defense

  1. Wow, Lae, it’s fascinating that you could learn a martial art in the States then find people on the other side of the world who do the same art! A neat video though I had to turn the sound way up. It reminds me of a friend in college who did ju-jitzu, somewhat similar.
    And I’m kinda fascinated too by the hip-hop teens in the background because I somehow couldn’t imagine that hip-hop went beyond US borders…of course it does! Thanks and keep traveling and sharing your adventures.

    • The world is definitely a small place, and it’s pretty great that you can find like minded people anywhere. I was surprised myself that I found someone here. There are tons more hip hop kids, and they are pretty good at dancing. They actually take most of the space at the hall which is pretty big. Thanks for reading!

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