Techniques that could keep you alive
Dasha Kuprienko spends 60 minutes learning a few ways of defending herself.
Having balance and keeping your body weight central is the key.
It was new to me that soldiers don’t fight with fists. They bend their finger tips, into a half fist. The reason is so you don’t hurt your fingers, which may be needed to reload a gun. Note, there were no guns involved in anything we did!
Before you learn how to fight, you need to know how to fall.
To avoid hurting yourself during a fall, you hide your neck like a turtle and land on a butt cheek, while hugging your shoulder.
‘‘The bigger the butt the safer,’’ I thought. Anything to justify my afternoon chocolate snacks.
After learning the basics we split into pairs.
Every technique we were learning was based on being smarter than your opponent.
Using little tricks while distracting an attacker’s attention and being quick was a big part of our training.
Our teacher made it clear that self defence was not about picking a fight. It was about surviving.
‘‘You gotta be an underdog,’’ he said.
Trying to either walk away from a situation or solve the problem verbally is always the best option, but sometimes fighting back is the only option.
Learning about self-defense was as important as having a job, the trainer said. Keeping your life was the payment.
I was only there for 60 minutes but I learnt things that could potentially save my life.
The trainer demonstrates one of the techniques on me, which would have been very painful if it wasn’t in slow motion.