This morning was a bit different than our recent ones – no sitting around for us today! Lead by Erinne’s friend Jolie, we learned some basic self-defence to handle those situations that we never want to be in and we don’t like to think about. It was really helpful to learn how to use our bodies to their best advantage – hopefully we’re never called upon to actually break someone’s arm!
A few quick pointers to take away from the session:
- Run away as soon as you can
- Use your body in such a way as to keep you comfortable and your assailant uncomfortable
- Use whatever you have on hand – shoes, handbags, a stick, keys, etc
- Shout immediately and get into your stance to intimidate them
One thing that would be interesting to discuss (in the comments!) is how you felt about this morning’s session. A lot of us were laughing nervously at the idea of breaking noses or arms, or significantly hurting another person. I know that at least a handful of us have a Mennonite streak in us, and Mennonites are historically pacifists. How does learning self-defence sit with you? Would you let your kids learn to defend themselves? Were you empowered, uncomfortable, or somewhere in between this morning? I’m interested in your perspective!