My next door neighbor is the Troop Leader for her 13 year old daughter's Girl Scout troop. She asked me if I would be willing to come to their February meeting and show them a few self defense tips. I agreed but then immediately started to feel like a big fat faker. Am I even worthy of the honor and responsibility to show these girls a few things?
I have learned quite a few self defense techniques in class but I really need a refresher myself before I teach them anything. I also need an uke, which I think I will ask my daughter to come along and play that role if she's not working that night. She only had a couple of classes before she dropped out, but she did get a few self-defense lessons in.
I need to sit down and plan out what techniques I will show them. I do know the very first thing I will tell them, and that is that the first rule of self-defense is that if they can avoid the situation, that is the most effective method of self defense. And because of its utmost importance, it will also be the last thing I stress to them.
After all, I can personally vouch for the cardinal rule of personal safety being to avoid a situation in which potential violence could ensue. (Remember the weird Russian college professor looking dude at the book sale who was trying to corner me solo into an elevator? If not, I think it was one of the better lessons I've learned in my life and am giving you the link to read it if you'd like. )http://martialartsmom.blogspot.com/2008/07/beware-of-man-of-one-book.html
I'm not going to show these girls any of the more complicated things we've done in class - just the common sense, easy to remember things. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.