Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Can’t Touch This: Self Defense and Prevention

Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer

What is the connection between 90s pop sensation M.C. Hammer and self-defense?  Nothing unless you consider how easy it would be to kick and run in parachute pants.  Ah, those were the days. 

We do advise, however, that you adhere to the words of his most  (only?) beloved song: “Can’t Touch This.”

What do we mean?  Well, there are two meanings.  

The first involves your attitude or state of mind.  Nobody has the right to touch you without your consent.  Strive to be assertive and communicate this.  If someone is giving you unwanted attention tell him to “stay away”, don’t touch me….!

The second factor is around developing the skills to prevent someone from touching you – deflecting, blocking, running….  Learn to use your legs, arms, knees, elbows, etc… to maintain your safe space.  Remember, he can approach you from different directions and different distances so you need a versatile skill set. 

Defending yourself after someone grabs you (not always preventable) is very difficult. Adopt the mentality and physical skills to clearly communicate that you are not to be touched.  

P.S. My advanced apologies if this song is running in your head all day. 

P.S.S. We don’t play M.C. Hammer during classes.

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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