What self-defense can do for students

Thinking about safety on campus is important because students never know when they could be attacked—whether it’s an attempted kidnapping, rape, assault or robbery.

Such an attack causes many people to freeze. They don’t know what to do. But a self-defense class can remedy many of those concerns.

“Being able to protect yourself in all situations is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance,” said Megan Mayle author of an article titled “Top 10 Reasons Why Everyone Should Take Self Defense Classes.”

Self-defense classes can help students build confidence in themselves. They can develop self-discipline, improve their physical condition and street awareness.

Self-defense can aid students particularly when they are walking alone at night after classes. That’s the time when students are most vulnerable to attack.

Sabina Lynkahova, a business administration student, hasn’t taken a self-defense class, but plans on it. She said if she was attacked, she would take out her pepper spray to damage the attackers’ eyes and seek help.

Creative writing student Abbey Outain hasn’t taken a self-defense class either. She said if she was attacked, she would try to make the perpetrator rethink their actions. If it didn’t work, she says she would run away.

Self-defense doesn’t mean students have to take one specific class. Students can choose between trainings including jui-jitsu, karate, boxing and more.

To learn self-defense, students can check out the following resources. UMKC Campus offers R.A.D. Self Defense at no charge to students. Other resources throughout the city include United Studios of Self Defense and Gym KC’s Brookside location. Downtown Kansas City also offers resources for students interested in learning self-defense, including Body Fit KC, Warriors Academy KC and Akka Karate USA.

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