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One local self-defense expert says it’s a good time to learn self-defense, as life slowly gets back to normal

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - RAINN or Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network have a statistic showing someone is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds. The organization has also seen 29% occur traveling to and from work, school, or during other public activities.

With those numbers, life slowly getting back to normal, and April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Shihan Elvin Johnson, owner of Cedar Falls Karate Club, believes now is a good time to learn some self-defense skills.

"It's for their own protection, you need to be alert and aware of your surroundings, it's a tool," Johnson said.

Johnson's first lesson to students is the main points of defense, which are your hands, fingers, elbows, knees, and legs.

Primary targets to keep in mind against an attacker are:

  • eyes
  • throat
  • groin
  • solar plexus

TECHNIQUE 1 - If someone grabs your wrist, you will want to:

  1. Bend your elbow
  2. Step towards your attacker
  3. Aim your elbow towards the attacker's elbow
  4. Strike down, and break free

TECHNIQUE 2 - If an attacker gets blocks you from escaping, you need to:

  1. Remember the primary targets
  2. Keep your self-defense techniques simple
  3. Fight dirty
  4. Do not go to the ground with an attacker
  5. Use your main defense tools against primary targets
  6. Make a path to break free, not to worsen the situation

TECHNIQUE 3 - If an attacker charges forward or puts both hands on your neck, you need to:

  1. Raise your left or right arm up
  2. Bend your elbow down
  3. Aim for the attacker's arm diagonal from you
  4. Strike down, and run away or jab the attacker's throat with your elbow

During an attack, Johnson also said people should verbally yell "no" to show you are non-complaint to the violence taking place.

Johnson also wants people to know if they're out and about to put down the devices and be aware of your surroundings.

He advises those who run or walk with earbuds, should keep one out of their ear to keep their senses alert.


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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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