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NCJ Number: 69952 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Defense for Women
Author(s): D Monkerud; M Heiny
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: William C Brown Co
Dubuque, IA 52001
Sale Source: William C Brown Co
2460 Kerper Boulevard
Dubuque, IA 52001
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An assertive mental attitude and early recognition of danger are necessary before women can master the physical aspects of self-defense.
Abstract: Women, who are often taught to be passive, have to develop an assertive attitude which will help them recognize early warning signs (such as an aggressive body posture taken by an assailant or verbal abuse), and act upon them decisively, without fear. Self-defense techniques are based on using leverage, surprise, and inflicting pain in order to escape the assailant rather than on physical strength. Training basics in self-defense cover relaxation, projection, and balance. The chapter on developing self-defense reactions includes information on basic stance, appropriate distance, pivoting and changing direction, blending, entering, and falling. Methods of striking and kicking, releases from body grabs and holds, and weapons defense are described. Finally, self-defense for health and exercise is discussed. Photographs, questions and answers concerning self-defense, footnotes, an index, and approximately 50 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Assertiveness training; Attitudes; Females; Personal Security/Self Protection; Self defense; Self defense training
Note: Physical Education Activities Series
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