When I was a wee little lass, I wanted to grow up to be a ninja. Whilst other girls dreamed of being ballerinas or princesses, I wanted to learn how to karate chop people in the neck. Not sure if it was my Asian genes that influenced my future aspirations, but all I knew for sure was as I got older, I was totally into the idea of being a kick-ass chick that could eliminate vampires à la Buffy...
Despite my dreams of round-house kicking bad guys in the head, I only dabbled in a bit of karate as a young teen. It was just for fun, nothing serious. Until a few years ago, my friend was attacked on a train station one afternoon. The most tragic part was there were other people around but no one offered any assistance. This incident really hit home to me one powerful message: the only person who you can rely on to defend you is YOU.
For the last few years, I've been doing Krav Maga. If you haven't heard of it, it's a fighting system designed to be used in real-life situations. A perfect form of self defence for teeny, weak girls like me. I'm no Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My default setting is most likely to run away with my arms flailing and screaming like a banshee. But I hope if push comes to shove, I might have an improved chance of fighting off an attacker if I'm ever unfortunate enough to be in such an unsavoury situation.
My request to all you lovely ladies out there is to consider doing a short self-defence course. I'm not saying you need to become paranoid about suddenly being pounced on when you are out and about. No, I'm just asking you to consider being prepared just in case something bad happens. The chances of being a victim are probably pretty slim but it could be a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shit happens. And it COULD happen to you. Let's think of self defence like first aid training. You hope you never have to use it, but if the time occurs you have to, you'll be ready.
|Damn straight, you should!|
Finally, I'm asking you beautiful gals reading this to give yourselves permission to protect yourselves. Because you are important. It is not ok for someone to attack you. Ever. And if someone tries, they're going to get the biggest shock when you knee them in the groin. You have every right to defend yourself if anyone is ever stupid enough to try to physically hurt you.