I saw this video entitled, “Seniors Learn Self Defense Techniques” on San Diego’s 10 news last night and was stunned! Some parts of the news story by Joe Little made sense, you know seniors learning to defend themselves but as a kid that grew up in long island, fighting over your wallet or purse does not make much sense unless you are a great fighter! Better sense is to not carry too much cash on hand and be ready to give up your wallet if doing so can save your life!
After watching the story I had the feeling that it was endorsing old folks fighting for their purses? Why? Part of any self-defense strategy should be giving up lesser valued property (wallets, purses, cars) to save your life! Unless you live in an area that allows you to license a concealed firearm, why would a 70 year old man, much less a 70 old woman want to fight for a wallet or purse from a 17 year old assailant? Watch this video I found on youtube.
Did you notice the first advice if someone was actually trying to take your purse was let it go? My grandpa told me while traveling in Europe that he actually had two wallets, one with some cash and old credit cards in his rear pocket and another with a large rubber band wrapped around it in his front pocket (where he kept his current stuff).
I would assert that this channel 10 story was not responsible because it was selling self-defense advice as street fighting! Self defense basically is doing whatever you have to do protect yourself. If you are already a great fighter and want to take on a bunch of street tuffs – that is your business but that is normally more a matter for the police (property crime).
The only time responsible people that are not great fighters should fight is in self-defense (you’ll notice I did not say car-defense, wallet-defense, or lawn light-defense). Old people or young people can be killed defending themselves so why put yourself at risk for a few bucks (more if you are so dumb as to carry large amounts of cash)?
I do applaud the news for letting old folks know that they can fight back but I just think they should not get some crazy person out there (maybe it was a mistake of focus) stating that old ladies should fight street robbers for their purses! Fight for your own or your loved ones life; don’t fight for property! Life is too short for a bad decision to take you away from your loved ones.