Seminar to teach women how to fight against rape

Posted at 09/04/12 10:45 AM

MANILA, Philippines – An upcoming seminar aims to help women avoid and fight against rape by teaching them self-defense techniques and informing them about how a rapist thinks.

International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) Philippines will hold a “Women’s Krav Maga – Anti Rape Seminar,” which is open to females ages 14 and above. It will be held on Sunday, September 16, at the FTX Fitness Exchange Gym at Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Leading the seminar is IKMF Philippines country director and chief instructor Dindo de Jesus, who is currently the highest ranking Krav Maga practitioner in Far East Asia.

Here, he will teach women how to recognize and avoid potential rape threats, determine how a rapist thinks and use these to their advantage, and deliver powerful strikes while standing or lying on the ground, as well as in other circumstances.

Krav Maga is a practical and tactical system developed in Israel that teaches how to prevent, deal with, and overcome all kinds of attacks. Key principles include finishing a fight as quickly as possible and aiming all attacks at the most vulnerable parts of the body.

Techniques from Krav Maga have been used in a number of Hollywood films such as "Taken" topbilled by Liam Neeson and "Enough" starring Jennifer Lopez.

In an earlier interview, parenting and relationship expert Maribel Dionisio said women who know how to assert themselves and are street-smart are less likely to be caught in compromising situations.

“Kaya ‘pag ‘yung tingin ng tao may kumpiyansa ‘yan, di ‘yan gagalawin (If people think she’s strong and believes in herself, no one will touch her),” she said.

Aside from taking self-defense classes and having items such as pepper spray on hand, women should also know how to choose the “right” friends so she can protect themselves from criminals and other bad influences, Dionisio said.

She also gave the following tips: avoid being alone with a man or a group of men in a secluded area, learn how to say “no,” stay sober at a party, and opt not to wear provocative outfits.

For more information about the Women’s Krav Maga – Anti Rape Seminar, call (02) 211-7261 or text 0917 894-2728, or visit www.kravmaga-ikmf.ph.