Everyday a huge number of women are victimized by criminal elements and often, it turns ugly. Women mugged, physically hurt and molested and worse, lose their lives. If only women can defend themselves, such clearly increasing incidents can be alleviated.
In 2008, there was a bill proposed in the House of Representatives that mandates the inclusion of self-defence in the school curriculum. Since it has not been passed yet, many parents encourage and enrol their girls to take different martial arts classes. For grown-up women, only few take the lessons and some, at least, resort to pepper mint spray.
Here in KSearch, the management took the initiative and arranged a “Self-Defence Tactics session for Women” last Friday, March 10. The KSearch consultants were given a 2-hour lesson by the widely renowned Filipino master in Martial Arts, Guru Limuel “Maneng” Bonsa. Guru Maneng is the Founder and Chief Instructor of World Arnis Association. Aside from Arnis, he also teaches Tai-Chi, Kung-Fu and Karate.
He started the session by demonstrating to us the different signs of respect in Chinese, Japanese and Filipino martial arts. After which, he immediately demonstrated a simple technique in resisting a sudden grab of one’s right wrist. It was a simple three-step move done in rapid succession. It starts when the victim reverses the grip of the attacker and pulls the attacker for a punch/jab to the jaw to distract him/her. Still gripping the attacker’s arm, the defender immediately positions himself/herself for quick elbow strike to the attacker’s extended elbow.
Another notable defence is when one’s shoulders are grabbed from behind. Guru Maneng taught us to escape simply by ducking quickly while turning either to the right or left side of the attacker. In swift motion, the defender gains an opening for a quick elbow strike, knee strike or punch to the attacker’s rib cage.
The succeeding techniques were largely variations based on the basic foundations of self-defence techniques such as those mentioned above.
Guru Maneng also gave us a short demonstration of Arnis, the indigenous Filipino martial arts using one or two sticks, where he and his 12-year old daughter showed us basic defence and disarming moves. Interestingly, he also showed us a practical use of an umbrella for self-defence against an attacker.
The said session taught us that it does not take that much strength to defend oneself. What matters is the technique. However, we must admit that one session is not enough to grasp all the techniques but it served as an eye opener that we, women, are not necessarily defenceless. By having a presence of mind and a good knowledge of the techniques, we don’t have to be a “damsel in distress.”
Management has assured us that we can simply continue with continuing lessons from Guru Maneng for those interested to be skilful in self-defence techniques.