Girls Fight Back to Get Away!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
28 Dec 2009

9 Responses to “Girls Fight Back to Get Away!”

  1. mike ferruggia Says:

    Hey John,

    I just posted some observations on the recent attack on the Pope, and the reaction and technique of the bodyguard. I’m not a professional, and offered some ideas in my post related to tai chi and takedowns. If you have time, would you mind commenting on my post and offering your ideas for my readers on how you would have handled the situation. I assume there are tried and true bodyguard techniques that every bodyguard learns.

    Thanks in advance

    .-= mike ferruggia´s last blog ..Pope Attack: Bodyguard Techniques =-.

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Mike!

    I found your post very interesting on this topic. I agree with your assessment. Thanks for pointing this out!

  3. Neal Martin Says:

    Fair play to that girl who escaped the attack from eight guys, that’s good going. You would have thought such a scenario inescapable for anyone. I guess if the survival instinct is strong enough, a person could survive anything. Good post.

  4. TheMartialArtsReporter Says:

    Hey John,
    Thanks for the great post and tribute to these women/girls who took decisive action.
    They used whatever was at their disposal and acted despite of fear.
    You gotta love it, man.
    And it is shocking/disappointing whatever you want to call it that nobody came to their help.
    Should teach us all, who are reading your blog, an incredibly valuable lesson.
    Happy New Year, John!

  5. Marc G. Says:

    Glad you posted this! Too many people don’t realize that, with self defense, it is your descision making process that will save your life more often than any perfect technique. Good situational awareness and avoidance is the best weapon. Second best (like you said) is making the descision to act and then acting with decisivness and committment. These 3 stories you related are not about martial artists…just survivors. But, I think that is what was/is that true heart of the arts…staying alive (not performance).
    .-= Marc G.´s last blog ..Fear the Blade! Defense Against Knife Attack =-.

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Neil,

    Good insight and yeah… one would not think someone could escape from getting attacked from eight guys (I have but I’m atypical).

    I was impressed as a child by videos of bobcats fighting other larger predators and coming away unscathed or wolverines fighting off bears. I see no reason that a person’s will to survive cannot kick in regardless of the odds of success (such as mine do). If you can figure out a way to teach this let me know (you will get rich!)!!
    Hey Tiger,

    I like you cannot fathom why men would not come to the aid of a damsel in so obvious distress?! Self-preservation should not be the governing force here but rather doing what is right. Hopefully more and more folk will take martial arts and learn that the bigger guys do not always win… and fighting for what is right is more important that getting a few bruises.
    Hi Marc!

    I guess the decision is the hard part for lots of people. I like reporting about survivors as anyone can apply self-defense techniques. Although I think people with more exposure to the fighting arts will stand a better chance, as the title of this blog says, I’m most interested in self-defense. As Neil pointed out too, there is a lot to be said for a person’s survival instinct.

    I agree with all of your points about situational awareness and avoidance.

    Thanks Neil, Tiger, and Marc for your insights and have a happy new year!

  7. Self Defense Knives Says:

    Im going to train my kids in stand up. get them to be efficient in boxing, trapping, knives, and kicking. Secondary would be MMA / Grappling. I think its one of those essential educations that will improve our society.
    .-= Self Defense Knives´s last blog ..Self Defense Knives =-.

  8. Michele Says:

    Hi John,

    Your blog is an excellent resource on self-defense. Thank you for the inspirational articles. Reading your blog inspires me to reach out to the community and offer additional self-defense classes at the dojo.

    Thanks again,
    .-= Michele´s last blog ..How Do You Hold Your Car Keys? =-.

  9. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Self Defense Knives,

    I’m not opposed to any weapon used for self-defense but here in California a knife would be a felony. The most you can use here is pepper spray or a stun guy unless you happened to find a weapon or have the kid’s baseball bat lying around. One cannot have most weapons legally in California. Thanks for the information as I am sure it will be useful in other locations.
    Hey Michele,

    Thank you. As I am trying to inspire it is good to see it is having that effect. I think any story that highlights how one can take control in a bad situation, it helpful too. There sure is a need for self defense training. Glad to hear you are involved. :)