Under: Self-defense
11 Jul 2009

9 Responses to “Woman Thwarts Serial Rapist! Suspect Caught!”

  1. SueC Says:

    Wow! I think that woman was incredibly brave. It took tremendous courage to decide to take some action against this guy in the garage since she had no idea what the outcome would be for her. It’s interesting that she said she didn’t ‘freak out’ until she was certain that the situation was real, i.e when he was putting plastic ties on her on the ground. I’ve read that women will wait until they are 100% sure they are under threat before taking any action, which in many situations may be too late. How the hell do we train ourselves not to think like that?

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Sue,
    There as a supposed study years ago that show men that worked with their hands were more likely to defend themselves than white collar workers. I don’t know how scientific that study was but assuming it was correct – I would say that learning how to fight via karate or other martial art would put one in a good position to fight back.
    Now you see how most women respond with little or no training, my wife has had many close calls and had to fight back as a girl and did not have any formal training… just the will to survive.
    I’ll do a post on one of her escapes soon.

  3. SueC Says:

    I can quite believe that manual workers respond better to an attack than white collar workers. I expect these people are just more physical generally and it is more intuitive to them to respond to threats in a physical way. It is probably less intuitive for a more ‘cerebral’ person to respond in a physical way. Convincing ‘cerebral’ people to take on physical activity, whether it be martial arts or any other sport, may be the key to helping them get in touch with their bodies more and hence be able to defend themselves better. There lies a challenge!

  4. Adam @ Low Tech Combat Says:

    Hey great story! Thanks for finding it and sharing :)

    Its good to hear these stories. There are people out there who fight back and succeed. There is no need to live in fear.

  5. Cell Phone Stun Gun Says:

    She did a great job. Way to go for citizens like her.

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Adam, Thank you. Yes fighting back is usually the best plan. She made her decision and went for it! Glad it turned out ok.

    Hi Cell Phone Stun Gun – I agree! She fought back in a tough situation and came out ok!

  7. Concerned Citizen Says:

    I took a self-defense course at the Jewish Community Center in UTC. Krav Maga is a highly effective form of training for women as well as men. It translates to contact combat and teaches the fundamentals of realistic defense tactics. In my research to find the best martial art for my needs, I found Krav Maga to be appealing because it doesn’t matter what size you are or how strong. Knowledge, preparation and practice are the most important things.

  8. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Concerned Citizen,
    Glad you went out there and found something you liked! I generally like striking martial arts for fighting/self-defense.

  9. Concerned Citizen Says:

    There was plenty of practice with striking (punches and kicks, etc.) in Krav Maga, but most importantly, we were taught how to get out of headlocks, holds and pinned positions. Most attacks against women initiate from his use of his weight to subdue, not just outright striking. Men generally attack other males differently from how they attack females, due to the size advantage. Interestingly, I developed a passion for watching UFC fights because it reinforces what I’ve learned and I pick up knowledge about other martial arts along the way!