On 20th of Feb 2019 I had the pleasure of recording a self defence course with Jo Stanley and Rachael Finch.
Let me just say, it was a ball to meet these wonderful women and to share some of the most basic self defence skills with them.
On Monday 18th of Feb 2019 I received a phone call from Rose, a producer on channel 10’s The Project. She made me aware that there was an incident on the news about an intruder breaking into a house. After a scuffle with the homeowner the intruder died. Police are investigating the incident and took the homeowner in for questioning.
We discussed some points about self defence and what could people do to protect themselves. My advice to all people who want to learn basic self defence is simple.
I started self defence training as an 11 year old after my Dad told me about Taekwondo, a martial art that was similar to Karate. Yes, I was a big fan of The Karate Kid and I was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so getting me involved in martial arts wasn't hard. In fact, as soon as I saw my first sparring session I was convinced that I would also be fighting in competitions. Now, I look back, and there were many benefits of learning self defence as a child / teenager.
I have heard a lot of self defence advice in my 20+ years practicing martial arts. There are a many great tips and there are many… not so great tips. I’ve heard my share of average advice and by average I mean, it’s highly unlikely that I would ever be in a situation where this is the best option to take.