Staying Alive part 3

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  1. KenpoTess

    KenpoTess Sr. Grandmaster

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    (9.) Physical defenses that we can use against the violent predator:

    (a.) The EYES are the most vulnerable part of the body. Poke him there.
    HARD. It may be your only window of opportunity.

    (b.) The neck is also a vulnerable spot, but you MUST know where to grip,
    AND HAVE THE STRENGTH to cut off his breath.

    (c.) The last place is the KNEES. Everyone's knees are very vulnerable,
    and a swift kick here will take anyone down.

    -- A cautionary note about these things. If you do not do these things
    right the first time, you are in trouble, because it will only anger the
    individual, and that anger will be TAKEN OUT ON YOU. I'm not saying don't
    attempt them (it may be your only hope), but be forceful when you do.

    (10.) If you are walking alone in the dark (which you shouldn't be) and you
    find him following/chasing you:

    (a.) Scream "FIRE!", and not, "Help!". People don't want to get involved
    when people yell "help," but "fire" draws attention because people are
    nosy.

    (b.) RUN!

    (c.) Find an obstacle, such as a parked car, and run around it, like Ring
    Around the Rosie. This may sound silly, but over the years, 5 women have
    told Pat Malone that this SAVED THEIR LIVES.

    (d.) Your last hope is getting under the car. Once you are under there,
    there are tons of things to hold on to, and he will not be able to get you
    out unless he comes under after you (which makes it easier for you to
    escape or fend him off). Usually they give up by this point. The catch
    here is that YOU MUST PRACTICE GETTING UNDER THE CAR. You must have a plan
    (he will have one); know if you will be going on your back, front, from the
    side or back of the car. It must be practiced.

    (11.) Never let yourself or anyone that you know be a "closer" in any type
    of business (bar, store, restaurant, gas station). Pat knew Danielle, who
    was a girl that just died from being shot pointblank by some kids while she
    was closing at the local gas station. He talked with her the night before
    she died, and asked whether it ever scared her to close alone.
    She said yes, but said, "I'll be all right, Pat. I'll be all right." She
    wasn't.

    Our world is not as safe as we pretend that it is, and living in our
    fantasy worlds WILL get us in trouble, sooner or later. Pat Malone said,
    again and again, that the women who die EVERY MINUTE from violent crime
    expected to go to bed tonight, and get up tomorrow = No one expects it, we
    must but be prepared and be aware so that we HAVE A PLAN. BE PREPARED TO
    ACT! AND ACT HARD! HAVE A PLAN!

    I would encourage you to pass this on to all women, not just your friends
    and family, but everybody. We all need to hear it.
     
  2. Dominic Jones

    Dominic Jones Orange Belt

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    Thanks Tess

    I had a copy before but lost it.

    Do you know who wrote it? The article mentions Pat Malone, I wonder if he wrote it.

    Anyway, I reckon the article has some great self defence advice for both MEN and WOMEN.

    Cheers Dom:asian:
     
  3. KenpoTess

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    You're welcome Dominic :)

    No, I don't know who the author is originally, it has been circulating emails quite a while. I'll do some investigating though to see if I can find out where it came from.

    Yes, these are good ideas for everyone~!

    Tess
     
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    Hello, Good point here? about going under the car and grab something to hold on from being pull out.....Can I share this with the students in our martial art classes? ....Thank-you and Aloha
     
  5. KenpoTess

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    Indeed please share with all ~!!

    ~Tess
     
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    EDIT:nevermind
     
  7. RachelK

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    Good tips. I would only add, about this one:
    Strangulation is hard for women. It takes a long time, maybe even 10 seconds, the person struggles a lot, and will panic, so it is necessary to secure the arms and legs, not easy when both hands are around the throat. For untrained women, a sharp blow to the throat is easier and will incapicitate the attacker at least for a few seconds. For women with a bit more training, an artery choke is a good alternative as that will lead to loss of consciousness and is no harder to maneuver than a stranglehold. But both kinds of chokes require too much setup for me to depend on them personally. If an attacker is a serious threat, I'd break his neck, it's faster and easier than chokes, and it's more merciful than strangulation, which tends to be extremely painful and frightening to the person being strangled. Strangulation is considered lethal force in New York State. So if you have to use such an extreme tactic, I'd go for the neck break instead. Chances of survival are greater for strangulation than for a broken neck, but a situation that would cause a woman to have to strangle an attacker is probably no less drastic than one in which she'd want to break his neck. A hit to the throat is much less lethal and more appropriate for situations from which the victim can run away if she has a good head start. Obviously, lethal force should only be used if there is imminent jeopardy and no chance of escape. That's the New York State penal code and it makes sense to me, although imminent jeopardy is kind of vague.
    Hope this helps.
    Best,
    Rachel
     
  8. pstarr

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    A quick strike to the throat will usually end most fights. Even a fairly light blow will cause your opponent to cough and gag. But I never recommend light blows. Hit it HARD!
     
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    Greetings and salutations ladies, I would recommend carrying salt in your pocket or hand bag. You're wondering why carry salt, it is easy ladies you have the best weapons in the world ten of them your nails. Scratch your attacker and then salt the wound. Just like you do when you're cooking meat. By the way it is perfectly legal.
     
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    I have read the threads you have posted in regards to staying alive-all very good and useful, thank you. My primary concern is traveling-I have family in Arizona and would like to go there more often. The thing is that it gets scary when your a single mother with three boys driving for 10-14 hours (depending on traffic) alone. It's stressful enough as it is being a referee for so long couped up in the car but to be constantly on guard too--shoot me. I would feel more comfortable about traveling if I knew what to look for or what to expect. Do you have or know of any articles or threads that can provide information on how to be safe kind of like - Staying Alive: On The Road?
     

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