Bison women learn self-defense

By Chelsea Weeks, Features Editor

It is often said that “knowledge is power,” quoted from enlightenment thinker Francis Bacon, but in some cases, knowledge is truly life-saving.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7pm, around 30 women gathered at the RAWC to attend a Self-Defense Class coordinated by Taylor and WUA Resident Director Lanie Allred and taught by Warrior Code Martial Arts sensei Kyle Craig.

Senior physics major Graeson Griffin helps instruct the self-defense class. / Alena Blakley, The Bison 

“I believe that the more people are trained to defend themselves the better our community will be,” Craig said. “Criminals are predators and they seek out the weakest to be their victims. The more people in the community who are properly trained to respond to a threat the less number of easy targets there are.”

Over the course of two hours, these women were taught many different techniques to use in uncertain situations.

“We worked a lot on situational awareness,” Craig said. “We discussed improvised weapons that most people carry with them every day and don’t even realize it. We worked on different ways to get away from an attacker who has grabbed you in different ways aka wrists, neck, hair. We discussed different ways to strike an attacker, where and how to inflict the most damage/pain with the least effort. We worked through some ‘what if’ scenarios the ladies came up with as well.”

One of the main aspects of this event was to help students with self-defense techniques and instill in them confidence in themselves.

“One of my goals is just to provide events and programs and things that are not just fun, but beneficial to the residents and students that are here at OBU,” Allred said.  “I think it is definitely important to have fun, but also I like that it serves a purpose and can help them beyond their college experience. It’s something that they can learn here and take with them.”

Junior a family and community service major Jamie Knox commented on how this class has impacted her.

“I have already noticed that I pay more attention to what is going on around me and I hope I continue to do that so I can keep myself safe,” Knox said. “It is unfortunate that we need to know how to defend ourselves, but those are very good skills to know.”

Some students commented on why they decided to attend.

“I went because I think it’s very important to know how to defend yourself if you are in a bad situation,” sophomore family and community service major Caitlyn Crosby said. “It’s also better to be informed and know how to defend yourself and never have to use what you know than to not know how to defend yourself and be in a situation that could be harmful to you.”

Nursing major Sarah Morris explained why she went and how she found the information useful.

“It is a very important subject that should not be disregarded. I just want girls to know that it is important to be confident in our abilities, and when we are in public to not look like an easy target. It is so easy to walk into a store with our heads down at our phones, I do it, but we need to start paying more attention to our surroundings.”

Although fun was included, the major focus during this class was how to better the lives of the students.

“I just think that self-defense is really important,” Allred said. “It’s definitely important to be aware of your surroundings. We do live in a fallen world and so that means that it’s not how God intended, but it’s not safe and so, not that we need to be fearful at all, but we do need to be aware. Especially as women, and young ladies that are in college. It’s really important that they are trained and realize the importance of being aware of your surroundings, and feeling confident enough if a situation, hopefully not, was to arise, that they would know how to handle that and be able to get out of that situation. More of trying to prevent those rather than reacting to whatever happens after.”

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