Safety is something you should never take for granted, even when you’re in the safest countries in the world.
This year, it has been reported that the overall crime rate has significantly risen in Singapore. Between January and June, the police recorded a total of 16, 575 cases. Meanwhile, statistics have shown that a crime is committed in England and Wales every 5 seconds.
Although you can’t control the rising crime rates, you have the power to strengthen your ability to protect yourself in the face of any possible danger.
Still not convinced? Read these amazing real life stories of how martial arts saved lives, and get inspired.
1) Restaurant worker uses martial arts to protect herself from rape
Earlier this year in China, a man got the shock of his life when he attempted to attack and rape a female restaurant worker.
According to The Mirror, “he knocked on the door of the closed restaurant, claiming he wanted to use the toilet and allegedly tried to sexually assault a member of staff.”
However, he messed with the wrong girl.
CCTV footage shows the attacker’s two attempts to pounce on her, with him ending up on the ground both times. Thanks to the woman’s knowledge of martial arts, she managed to react quickly and take him down twice – while she was wearing a mini-skirt!
“She was very brave and her martial arts skills saved her,” a friend of the woman shares. “Her attacker didn’t know what had hit him. At one point she had him on the floor and was sitting on him with her hands around his throat.”
2) Muay Thai fighter protects herself from muggers
A snatch thief tries (and fails) to rob Muay Thai fighter Germaine Yeap as she parks her car at home. Watch her kick his ass in under a minute!
Fortunately, this did not actually take place.
According to an interview, Yeap revealed that everything was staged for the video, so as to promote crime awareness – especially among women – with the message to remain vigilant at all times.
She advises viewers to give up their belongings if they were ever caught in a similar situation.
“Hopefully the mugger will leave you alone. Only engage if you have no choice,” she says. “In the video, I fought back because I assessed the situation with my Muay Thai training and knew that I could take him down. When I saw the second ‘robber’ shouting with a knife though, I knew it was too much so I backed off and they got away,”
She feels that women should empower themselves by learning self-defence skills.
3) MMA fighter takes down 2 robbers
In September, a pair of thieves targeted the wrong group of people in Brazil as one of them turned out to be 23-year-old MMA fighter Monique Bastos.
In an interview with MMAfighting.com, Bastos revealed that she was on the way to Jiu-Jitsu training when the thieves arrived on a motorcycle, asking for their phones.
“I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one.”
She shares that this wasn’t the only time she got targeted by crooks.
“I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back,” she said. “There were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use Jiu-Jitsu and get my phone back. It’s a huge risk, but I did it to defend myself and my friends, so I used what I learned.”
4) Policewoman protects herself with Muay Thai
While she was off duty, policewoman Normaswanida Alias was targeted by a knife-wielding robber while she was checking on her car. Fortunately, she was able to put her Muay Thai training to good use and fight him off. Although she got slashed in the neck, she was able to protect herself with a series of kicks.
In an interview, she reveals that the man approached her and asked for her handphone and money. When she refused to hand her belongings to him, he cut her neck with a knife.
“I kicked him after he swung the knife at me,” Normaswanida said. “He fell and I identified myself as a police officer. The man appeared angry and tried to slash me again.”
Despite her injury, she chased the fleeing robber for 200m. Unfortunately, the robber took off on his motorcycle with an accomplice.
“When the suspect and his friend fled on their motorcycles, I ran after them and tried to identify their number plates but they were too fast for me,” she shares.
Although she wasn’t able to catch the thief, she made it out of this nasty situation alive – and we think that’s good enough.
5) 63-year-old disarms a robber with rear naked choke
A well-executed rear naked choke was what stopped a robber from having his way with 63-year-old Fred Kemp and his wife.
Yahoo News reported that the robber approached the couple while they were getting into their car in Boynton Beach. Fortunately, Kemp was able to think quickly and utilize the skills he acquired while he was a wrestler for Hofstra University.
In an interview, Kemp revealed that he reacted when the robber started to hit him.
“I got him out into the street and held his arm. I foot-swept him down and I was trying to get a hold of the gun. He banged me up a little bit but my main concern was the gun.”
He then held the robber in a rear naked choke until the police arrived.
6) Russian girl beats up cellphone thief
In this video, the thief attempts to steal a cellphone from his potential victim at the corridors of a subway in Russia. However, the girl’s martial arts knowledge foils his plan.
Watch her defeat him (and get her phone back) with just a few hits!
7) BJJ student takes out cinema gunman
What was supposed to be a relaxing night at the movies turned out to be a life-threatening situation for Fouad Ben Ahmed. Fortunately, he was able to put his knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to good use.
According to an interview, he was queuing to get movie tickets with his two kids when he noticed an armed man brandish a shotgun at the cashier. After which, the man moved down the line to get money and possessions from customers.
“My protective instinct overcame the fear… When this gentleman walked past me, I asked my kids to be quiet by telling them that I would come back. It was instinctive; I didn’t think about it, I just saw that there were other people there, other children.” He shares. “So I hid behind him, I followed about 8-10 meters and when I felt ready, I grabbed him by using a Jiu-Jitsu method (rear naked choke) then I put him down and switched to side-control to make him release his shotgun.”
After going through this ordeal, Ahmed carried on with his original plan and watched Superman with his kids.
“I wanted to go and watch it because I thought that would make the incident less traumatic for my children,” he reveals.
8) Female US Navy Sailor puts rapist to sleep
The scariest thing about crime is its unpredictability. It can strike at any time, in any place – even when you’re travelling via public transport.
Earlier this year in Dubai, a female sailor was attacked by a bus driver while on his bus. Fortunately, she knew Jiu-Jitsu, and was able to put her attacker to sleep with a triangle choke. This helped her escape rape and a possible death.
As reported by thenational.ae, she “knocked a knife from from [his] grasp, broke it in two, bit his hand, wrestled him to the ground and put him in a stranglehold between her thighs.” After beating him into submission, she left the bus and alerted her boss about the incident.
All these stories might have ended differently if none of the victims knew martial arts. Fortunately, they were able to take control of their situations while protecting themselves and their loved ones from danger.
Besides equipping you with the skills to guard yourself in dangerous situations, training martial arts will help you get into the greatest shape of your life.
Are you inspired after reading these true stories of survival? Try a martial arts class today and unleash your inner warrior!