Wednesday January 4, 2012
Helping Make the Street Less Perilous
Self-defence course January 7 teaches women to be alert, aware and assertive – plus a few moves like Jagger
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t's dark. You're alone. You're female. Someone is following you. Suddenly, there's a confrontation and the thug demands your purse. What do you do?
Over the last month in Chilliwack, there have been several instances of violence against women on the street. In most of the cases the women weren't seriously injured, but were robbed of their purses and other belongings by one or more thugs.
In light of this, the Voice wanted to know what women should do, or anyone for that matter, when faced with a situation where one's safety and security is being compromised.
So we went to a local martial arts expert Steve Hiscoe, owner of Hiscoe Jiu-Jitsu on Young Rd., who also teaches local police officers, and he was happy to share the following course content and what you can expect to learn in one of his courses.
These workshops are packed with expert advice and techniques to help to keep you safer and could even save your life. The course cost is $30.
The new studio is located at 17-8635 Young Rd., is clean and is equipped with approximately 900 sq. ft. of matted area for the students’ safety.
Tips Anyone Can Use For Staying Safe
You must know what is going on around you, do not get caught in a zone of inattentiveness. Do you know if you are being followed, have you looked over your shoulder? Have you noticed the
vehicle drive by you numerous time slowing down to check you out? Have you noticed the
person sitting outside of your place of work or by your car? Know what is going on around you!
You must show an air of confidence and control about yourself, walk tall with your head up and
shoulders back. When walking, keep your hands out of your pockets so that they are ready to
use if someone attempts to grab you. When speaking with someone make sure that you look
directly at them and speak clearly and directly, get your message across. If the situation
escalates, do not back down or turn your back on the person, this is a sign of weakness, which
can be capitalized upon by your attacker.
Be Aware of your surroundings:
If you are in need of assistance, do you know where to go for help? Where is the police station,
24 hour gas station? Go anywhere you might be able to find refuge quickly. This rule applies
not only when at home, but anywhere you might find yourself. Try and learn your surroundings
when out of your immediate local.
Hunters and prey:
There exist 2 types of animals, meat eaters and grass eaters. (hunters and their prey) The
ultimate goal is to avoid looking like the prey. Do not be a grass eater. Why? The meat eater
preys on the weak, the sick. The most likely target is the animal who limps at the back of the
pack. Why is this animal the stalker’s prey? This animal will provide the least amount of fight or
resistance to the hunter. The hunter will have an easy time of catching and destroying its prey.
Do not be the prey!
Follow your instincts:
Your instincts are a vital part of the decision making process. Everyone has a sixth sense or
what some people call a gut feeling. Listen to these instincts; do not place yourself in a position
where you are not comfortable. Only one person can change a situation and that is you. For
example, if you are getting into an elevator with someone who you do not feel comfortable with.
If you are about to enter, wait for the next elevator. If someone is approaching you and you feel
uncomfortable, be direct and in control, do not feel like you need to go out of your way. Do not
be afraid to appear rude, remember it is your safety. Portray an image of confidence.
You may have to be hostile and or rude, but don’t apologize.
Downplaying the situation
Attack the Attacker
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