And that’s a wrap! Or it is?

My experience so far in the blogger world has been absolutely wonderful. At first, I thought I would dread it consistently posting about a topic I knew nothing about but had a small interest in. I wanted to take my topic, be different and really make it my own. Growing up, my father would stress the importance to my sisters and I towards knowing how to protect ourselves. We would line up and practice punching his arm. He would always say, “It’s okay to kick a guy where the sun doesn’t shine as long as you are protecting yourself.” I always wanted to learn more effective techniques and this blog project really gave me that push to actually get out there and give it a try while also making an excuse to take more “selfies” which I would greatly advise to never do before or during carrying out a self-defense move.

While using WordPress, I found that it was very user friendly and quite simple to create my page and make into a type of blog that really stuck out among others.

A very beneficial feature I appreciated was the ability to link personal social media accounts to your page. Social media greatly played a role towards my blog by automatically communicating to online contacts when the page updated and posted new content. This helped anyone keep up to speed with the blog. I actually gained more followers on Twitter by posting interesting articles linked through WordPress. This website improved my understanding towards creating and managing a webpage. This is a great skill anyone could carry with them forever, whether it’s to be familiar with the software out of  boredom, inspiration, or to impress a prospective job. I feel that the more you educate yourself, the more you shine amongst others. My goal in the future is to someday create my own website promoting and selling fused glass products in which this project gave me a good feel towards taking that first step.

Regarding what areas I could’ve handled differently throughout this project, I could’ve improved on spacing out my posts to have more of a consistent flow as I would post a few updates two days apart. However, with what I have learned, I aim to carry on with this project and continue on in the blogging world to inspire others to be a ninja…or to at least feel like one .

Defense when someone is on top of you

Last week I posted a video from Texas Krav Maga, a school teaching self- defense along with kickboxing. I noticed a few instructors teaching young children while waiting for my class to begin. One of the moves they taught that really caught my eye was how to escape when an attacker is on top of you. This is a highly effective tool for anyone, not just women to use. Because who knows, there could be some intimidating muscular women out there too. The world is an unpredictable place.

When the attacker is on top of their victim, their literally using all of their weight to keep you down. One quick and easy way to retaliate can be to spit in their eyes to distract them from the next move you are about to do. While they are on top it is key to bridge out which is to get your legs up, bending at the knees with your feet planted firmly on the ground a few inches from your butt and spread shoulder width for stability. Using whichever foot you are most dominant with, swing it out and hook it around the attacker’s ankle. From there take your hand, more specifically the one opposite from the foot you hooked around their ankle and place it on their side shoving them over to the ground.

In order for you to escape from that undesired position, you will need to trap your attacker’s foot all while doing a “buck and roll” movement. There are cases where your hands may be pinned down in which you would have to buck and roll with more force. If done correctly, you should be able to turn your attacker around and land on top of him. This would be a favorable position to strike and escape out of this particular situation.

Unfortunately I did not capture this technique on any personal raw footage but found a video by Nick Drossos demonstrating quite similarly to to implement this move. You can watch it here.