small and simple details that can help save at least one life

small and simple details that can help save at least one life

Tuesday's self-defense session was bittersweet in my perspective. I am glad and appreciative that Dr. Hoffman asked a professional to teach my peers and I how to disarm a weapon(i.e. gun) and to defend ourselves if we were ever in an active shooting situation. However, to actually have to learn how to disarm an offensive weapon in an educational setting (or any considerably safe setting) is very unfortunate. Since elementary school, every classroom I had ever stepped in had a small banner on top of doors saying, "You are safe here in school". Yet it is ironic that children in schools today are targets for active shooting events. As an adult and future public health official, I am more glad than not, to have learned and actually tried a few techniques of self-defense that I have seen in movies and have heard descriptions about. What surprised me is the fact that there were very small and simple details that can help save at least one life but many do not think about it because of their emotions at the time being (i.e. feeling frightened when encountering an offensive weapon and witnessing an aggressive individual holding that weapon). Constantly and calmly thinking when defending oneself is difficult and I would like to have more practice on this. I think the practice that seemed similar to patting high fives but in a circular motion was very useful. I would also like to learn more of those beginning practices/warm-ups to have more muscle memory.

Wendy Nguyen, Student Cal State Los Angeles

American Arnis - Gladiator School
2018-03-09T00:28:38+00:00

Wendy Nguyen, Student Cal State Los Angeles

What surprised me is the fact that there were very small and simple details that can help save at least one life but many do not think about it because of their emotions at the time being (i.e. feeling frightened when encountering an offensive weapon and witnessing an aggressive individual holding that weapon). Constantly and calmly thinking when defending oneself is difficult and I would like to have more practice on this. I think the practice that seemed similar to patting high fives but in a circular motion was very useful. I would also like to learn more of those beginning practices/warm-ups to have more muscle memory.