Block, Parry: Defend Yourself!
April 17, 2013
I never would have thought I’d ever have anything happen to me before. I’m sure that’s really cliché, but I really, truly never thought about it before I went off to college.
Let me set the scene, it was late one night after I’d gotten off the bus from my astronomy lab, which was out in the middle of nowhere. I was back on campus, and the campus lights were on out in the streets, but no one else was near the front of the science building. I went to go get my bike. I thought I was alone.
However, instead of finding just my bike, I found a gentleman, though he hardly was one, already breaking off my bike chain. For some reason, when you’re in that kind of moment, you don’t think automatically, "Hey, this guy probably wants to do harm, since he clearly isn’t up to anything good." But I called him out on it. He turned around, and to my surprise, started to advance on me. I felt a trickle of sweat on my brow, even though the night was a chilly October evening.
I won’t go into details, but if I hadn’t had some pressure point training, I might not have woken up the next day in my own bed; it could have been a hospital bed. Needless to say, I got my bike; campus security had been around the corner, heard a scruff happening, and came to my aid fairly soon after my first block. I walked away, for the most part, unharmed.
Even with only a few lessons of self-defense training, I still hadn’t thought I would have to defend myself from someone, but without it, I could have been really hurt.
It never hurts to have the training. Hopefully, you never need to use it, but this Saturday at 2:00 p.m., we’ll be having a self-defense tutorial. Be proactive.