The Kuk Sool Won of Dublin, traditional Korean martial arts school held a special self-defense session for women today. The session was run by Master Seyd Saidi, owner and chief instructor of the school.
The tragic and violent loss of two relatives has been the driving force for this initiative by Master Saidi who firmly believes that acquiring self-defense skills is an essential component of modern life, especially for women.
His relatives, a husband and wife, were living in what was deemed to be a safe area in Canada and were brutally attacked by a knife-wielding man. The woman had been returning to her car after a dental appointment and her husband was in a store nearby.
The attacker started stabbing the woman and her screams alerted bystanders including her husband who rushed to help her. He in turn however was also repeatedly stabbed. Both of them were killed in gruesome fashion in broad daylight in a murder that shocked the local community.
Women need to be aware of their surroundings and recognize warning signs to avoid situations where their personal safety would be at risk. Throwing punches and kicks does not always mean that a perpetrator will move on and Master Saidi teaches three phases skip, hurt and destroy.
“I always say that there are three steps to martial arts. I call them skip, hurt and destroy” said Master Saidi. Step 1 is to skip, to avoid or exit the situation, get out of the fight.
If there is no way to avoid the fight then step 2 – hurt follows. The aggressor needs to know in no uncertain terms that there will be a world of pain coming their way if they do not desist.
In the event that the aggressor refuses to back down, you move to step 3- destroy.
Many females at some point in their lives have found themselves in situations where they felt threatened and vulnerable. The recent twitter trend #YesAllWomen was a sad reminder of this.
Much as we would like to, we cannot wish those with hostile intentions away. We can however equip ourselves with the mindset and the techniques to defend ourselves when necessary.
One of the session participants who is already a student at the school mentioned that in a recent situation where she felt threatened while out at night she noted with interest how empowering it was to know that in the event of an attack, she could do something to defend myself.
“I learned so much from the class,” she said. “I’d want anyone to know what I learned.”
“It’s a great initiative, we certainly welcome it,” said another participant.
The session focused on ways to neutralize the most common attacks, from being grabbed on the arm, by the clothing or around the waist and how to put an aggressor in a choke-hold or move out of a situation where you are pinned down by an assailant.
Due to the enthusiastic response from the participants a regular self-defense session will be held in the coming months.