Students armed with self-defense knowledge

You are walking to your car at night after some long hours of studying. It’s dark and there is a long walk to your car in the back of the parking lot. Such situations are not ideal but sometimes they are unavoidable.

Unfortunately, statistics show that one in four girls have been assaulted in college and that there are over 1800 cases of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse a day said Kevin Anderson a MMA fighter and brown belt who taught the self-defense class set up by the Student Life Office on March 5th.

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With odds like that, it is wise to be prepared for anything that might happen.
In the class, Kevin Anderson taught the students different ways on how to prevent assaults, techniques for warding off an assault, and how to use everyday objects to defend yourself.

To start out with, Kevin Anderson stressed the importance of being aware of your surroundings at all times. “Your head has to be on a swivel at all times and absolutely no looking down at your phone,” said Anderson. “An attacker’s best advantage is one of surprise, so you must not give it to them.”

Then Anderson explained how important it was to assert confidence and control when you are in an uncomfortable position. If you look vulnerable the attacker is more likely to strike because you look like an easy target.

Next, the students got to work on physical defense. If the attacker did not get the message, you now have full right to go in and do damage. However, when the attacker tries to grab you it is important to act fast, with every move having the purpose of inflicting as much damage as possible without either hurting yourself or tiring you out explained Anderson.

In order to do that, the students practiced different moves from breaking hand gripes to finding the venerable spots on the attacker and taking full advantage. There is nothing better than a thumb in the voice box, an elbow in the face, and a knee in the groin to totally make anyone feel defeated.

Finally, since most attacks are unexpected, Anderson went over how you can use objects like keys and a debit card as a defense weapon. He took a car key and held it like a knife in front of him, explaining that when you hold it like that the key is less likely to slip from your hand and you are less likely to injure yourself accidently. Next, he took a debit card and said, “Even though the card is flimsy and won’t do any good by itself, you can hold it in your hand with one third of it sticking out. The card then becomes a great weapon against your assailant.”
Each and every one of the students came out of that class knowing more than they came in and, in addition, got to safely try everything out with a great deal of laughs and jokes. There was wonderful participation from everyone and also great questions asked not only by the participants, but by bystanders as well. A great deal of fun banter was shared as well as new and practical information, so that now the Black Hawk students are prepared for anything.