I've recently decided to expand my knowledge base. Explore some possibilities.
Female Self Defense.
Yeah, that's right. I've been ampin' up my badass factor.
Now I should mention that I'm only 5'6" and about 115 pounds with the most chicken wingy arms you could ever find and a pair of mega giraffe legs, but let's put that aside, shall we? Let's focus instead on the experience of taking a female self defense class.
The first class started with the instructor singling me out (of course) and telling me to react as I normally would when someone tried to attack me. He then proceeded to come at me. What did I do?
Absolutely nothing. Didn't even flinch. Not a single eye blink.
Bewildered, the instructor backed up and said, "THAT'S how you'd react to someone attacking you?"
"It caught you off guard, right?" I replied, shrugging my boney shoulders.
"Well, yeah, but..." He shook his head and carried on with the class, a wary eye on me. He either thought I had the word "PREY" tattooed across my forehead and was destined to be taken down by some thug in a parking garage OR he considered me a brilliant opponent skilled in the arts of mental warfare. I'm going with the latter.
Shut up. I am.
Class Number Two, the instructor again used me as his volunteer (test dummy). "Help me out," he said, "because, you're apparently not afraid of me." Yup, that's me. A brick wall. Calm in all situations. Until he backed me up against a wall in a corner to illustrate how not to let someone get in your personal space. Okay, message received. Keep a protective bubble. Got it. Nothing weirder than having a guy you don't know put his arms on either side of you and trap you...in front of like fifteen other women, all of which are watching intently to learn what to do in this particular situation.
Awkward? Uh, yeah.
Uncomfortable proximity aside, I've learned quite a bit, such as how to take down an attacker with fingers to that little hollow at that base of the throat. You just have to get past the fact that the hollow at the base of the throat is wicked squishy and feels kind of gross when you press your fingers into it. Never underestimate the power of a kick to the groin either. It's all very Trinity from The Matrix. I'll have to buy a long, black coat and some combat boots, which will no doubt keep assailants away on their own, no fancy moves needed.
There are two classes left, and the notion of taking a more in-depth martial class has wormed its way into my brain. Hey, when I was a kid, I watched The Karate Kid every day. No joke. Every day.
I suppose it's never too late to look at the possibilities and learn something new. I'll no doubt use most of this self defense knowledge on a future character.
So wax on, wax off, friends.
What's something new you want to learn?