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Girls Who Aren’t Afraid to Hit Guys



Our girl over at The College Fix has been bragging that she can take us all downtown to Chinatown due to her excellence in Krav Maga, among other things. I’ll let her explain it:

KravMaga-300x400Hat tip: Jennifer Kabbany, editor of

I was recently attacked by three large guys at once.

One man grabbed me by the hair and yanked me. Then another man choked my neck from behind. The third man yanked my arm toward him. Over and over again, they attacked.
Each time they assaulted me, I responded by yelling “No! No! No!” at the top of my lungs as I drove into their attacks, sending a series of defensive strikes to their faces, bodies and groins.
I’d pluck off the choke, kick them in the groin, hammer fist their faces, palm strike their jaws. Whatever it took to free myself of their attacks. I kneed them in the stomach, threw elbows into their faces, sent my foot crashing down on their knees, and grabbed and yanked at their privates.KravMaga
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity but was more like two minutes, their attack was over. I stood there panting and exhausted, but proud of myself. I’d fought them off.
If that were ever to happen in real life, I’ll be prepared.
What I just described was a “final exam” of sorts I recently took in my beginning Krav Maga class.
Called “the circle of death,” it’s a high-stress exercise designed to test my mental and physical defense skills were I to be attacked in the world outside the martial arts studio – a test my instructors require to move from beginner to intermediate classes. It’s a mock fight of sorts, but it’s very intense and stressful.
In the year leading up to my “circle of death,” I had dreaded that test, but I am proud to say that today I wear an orange belt: the first color in the intermediate classes. I passed.
I tell this story as national news breaks today that the newly crowned Miss USA has been criticized by some for suggesting self defense martial arts as a legitimate way for young women to stop an assault.
Asked about sexual assaults on college campuses last night during the pageant, Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, now Miss USA, apparently gave what some deemed a controversial response.

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Jennifer Kabbany is Editor of The College Fix run by veteran journalists for the benefit of beginning journalists, identifying and supporting college students who seek to improve campus journalism, explore careers in the media, and commit themselves to the principles of a free society.




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