Women’s Self-Defense

Wednesday, 03. June 2015

by Martyn Bryant Women’s Self-Defense, taught by Franz, is a new afternoon course at the Ecole this trimester. Emphasis in the class is on role-play, so that with practice the participants can respond more calmly in a threatening situation. In this week’s session the group practiced their athletic/ready stances and from this foundation they rehearsed blocking, punching (the correct technique of which minimizes the risk of injury to themselves) and making use of objects in their possession like bags, jackets and newspapers to defend themselves. Further, to diminish the need for such physical defence, they rehearsed the assertive and powerful voice and body language needed when telling a potential perpetrator to ‘Stop!” and keep away.