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Self Defense 101

Stephanie Lum learns to fall properly Stephanie Lum learns to fall properly
Steph learns to roll Steph learns to roll
Stephanie Lum (on left) with Cary Okimoto (at center) Stephanie Lum (on left) with Cary Okimoto (at center)
Sensei Okimoto teaches Steph the importance of turning Sensei Okimoto teaches Steph the importance of turning
Stephanie applies what she has learned about Aikido Stephanie applies what she has learned about Aikido

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email 

WAIALAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the last thing you want to think about; being a victim of an attack. It is a real concern for women. According to the Department of Justice, a woman is attacked every 2 minutes in the U.S. and a violent crime occurs every 6 seconds. It's startling to hear but I found out there are ways to protect yourself.

Jump on "YouTube" and you'll find all kinds of video clips showing how to protect yourself in the event you are attacked. They all display different types of martial arts as a form of self defense. Even Kaneohe Marines use techniques to get the enemy on the ground.

In Hawaii, martial arts is everywhere and lucky for us, it's easy to find a place where you can enroll in a class.

I went to the oldest dojo of its kind "Aikido of Honolulu" in Waialae to learn potentially life saving moves.

We start out by stretching out. It may not look too exciting but it is important to be flexible and limber. Next, we move onto the basics of Aikido. I learn how to fall, roll and throw my attacker to the ground. All together, Sensei Cary Okimoto shows me what it's supposed to look like.

Watch closely and you'll see Aikido is not about attacking but being in harmony with your attacker. It's about moving the conflict to another place. What about a regular person like me, armed with just the basics? Can I defend against men double my size?

With the little Aikido experience I have, the men run at me full speed. I barely have time to turn around before another one comes at me. Yet, from the short lessons, I know not to stand still.

I imagine a real life and death situation would not be as orchestrated as this but based on my experience, martial arts gives you the confidence and the skills to be ready for the unexpected.

Here are other tips to stay safe:

Be aware of your surroundings. Skip checking your cell phone for texts when walking to your car. Attackers look for people who are vulnerable so be alert.

You can see a lot more Aikido and self defense moves in our web extra.

To watch the extended video and learn more self defense tips go to our website hawaiinewsnow.com.

 

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