Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Self Defense for Senior Citizen - a street fight case study

'Stay back you scoundrel!'
Now this here topic is nothing new, violence can happen to anyone anywhere and anytime, Woman children and even grown man, however what i find really interesting is the lack of discussions and instructional videos for the elderly when it comes to self defense on the internet. This caught my interest and decided blog about it with whatever i can find.

Disclaimer - this blog is not the definitive guide to encourage/nor discourage elders to react violently back against offenders to defend themselves - the purpose of this blog is to create an awareness and a sort of case study of what is available out there on the internet.

Of course as always when are faced in a threatening situation the best way is to get out the way alive, so should a potential violent encounter can be prevented that will be the very best route. When facing in real life threatening situation and no other way out the only viable option is to neutralize the situation quickly and get away from the scene.

Take note i say Neutralize instead of Fighting back, there is a difference!
and this is especially true to those who are not Martial Arts/ Self Defense trained not to mention Children & Elderly.

Fighting back will only anger the offender and that will trigger an event more violent temper out of you trying to 'Fight Back' however by neutralizing can be more than just flailing arms/kicking. Should you are able to neutralize the situation by saying 'sorry - here take my money, I dont want any trouble' that is also one of many ways to neutralize the situation (again not a definitive guide)

The above video is a movement which i am glad to see, the instructors take upon themselves to selflessly teach the elders some techniques so they may not feel as vulnerable when walking alone on the streets. It is quick to learn very practical for the elderly's age (although not limited to only the seniors) and it have some points that i made in my previous blogs as well.

  • If all else fails it's definitely something for the senior citizen to keep themself busy and beneficial for their health by exercising and moving around.
  • Cane Fu - is as literal as it gets - it is a tongue in cheek self defense style involving using the walking cane/stick. For those of you remembered in my other blogs, a walking stick is a legalize (and common) item to carry around that can act as an improvised weapon to create distance from your attacker.
  • The attacks was taught to go straight for the weak points. quickly neutralize the assailant.
Above are all positives feedback i have in regards to the intentions being taught
  • Of course what was being taught is a noble cause, however there will be people questioning the implication wether elders should be taught to hit back, risking the dangers of a stronger assailant to acting far more violent than before. As well as the understanding of their own physical limit.

This is a question no one will have the answer to however it is definitely a discussion that needs more attention.

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