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tkdan28
11/15/2004 9:53am,
http://www.mcot.org/query.php?nid=32820


BANGKOK, Nov 14, (TNA) – The Ministry of Education is preparing to include Thai kick boxing and Taekwondo lessons in the school physical education curriculum for girls in order to equip them with self-defence techniques to help prevent rape.

The problem of sexual harassment and rape in Thai society will be discussed at a Ministry of Education seminar on 18 November, to be attended by schoolchildren, doctors and social workers, who will look at ways to ensure that children do not become rape victims.

Dr. Thossaporn Serirak, secretary to the education minister, said that changes in the school curriculum would see self-defence lessons for girls nationwide, while children from an early age would be taught the importance of respecting girls and women.

“Rape is a continual problem. What we need to do urgently is to ensure that women have the means for self-defence, whether through Thai boxing or Taekwondo. This will help them to defend themselves to a certain extent”, he said, adding that the focus would be on high school students.

The self-defence lessons are likely to be taught by police officers as part of regular PE lessons, which could start as early as next week.

All we had was dodgeball....

Matt W.
11/15/2004 10:14am,
Cool. Wait for the TKD bashing to start. What most of the bashers won't know, however, is that many of the TKD guys down there also do Muay Thai. ...And they believe both are effective.

Ronin
11/15/2004 10:54am,
Some grappling ( judo) would also be a good thing for them to add.

Beatdown Richie
11/15/2004 11:04am,
Cool. Wait for the TKD bashing to start.

I won't say TKD is not effective in principle, but since it focuses on long-range standup, I doubt its usefulness for attacks that the attacker wants to take to the ground. As Ronin said, Judo would be helpful. Muay Thai is probably good too, with its emphasis on the clinch...

Thaiboxerken
11/15/2004 11:24am,
I really don't see rapists donning a hogue and head gear prior to the attempted rape.

DCS
11/15/2004 11:38am,
Nor the wai kru/ram muay

Go trolling to another thread, please.

Thaiboxerken
11/15/2004 11:56am,
Yea, I don't see rapists doing the wai kru or ram muay either.

PizDoff
11/15/2004 12:13pm,
Cool. Wait for the TKD bashing to start. What most of the bashers won't know, however, is that many of the TKD guys down there also do Muay Thai. ...And they believe both are effective.

Both are effective if trained correctly.
Just some of the power generation techniques I've seen seem to conflict.

I'm just curious as to why some sort of grappling was not including in that program.

MaverickZ
11/15/2004 12:29pm,
I really don't see rapists donning a hogue and head gear prior to the attempted rape.

like clockwork

IzzyDaHedgehog
11/15/2004 3:03pm,
They do this at my school, all the girls' dorms have a self-defense instructor come one night. I asked someone to show me what they learned one time, and it was laughable. Seriously, I couldn't imagine any of that crap working. I hope the Thais do better...

Traditional Tom
11/15/2004 3:15pm,
Question; which would be more helpful? striking that females probably wouldn't be all that good at anyways? or the arm-breaky skills of grappling on the ground (the bad part however, is the fact that she's 'rolling' with a rapist).
They should just invest in some pepper spray, probably be cheaper and take much less time to show how to use.

tkdan28
11/15/2004 4:04pm,
Both are effective if trained correctly.
Just some of the power generation techniques I've seen seem to conflict.

I'm just curious as to why some sort of grappling was not including in that program.Honest question alert.... do cops train to grapple?

PizDoff
11/15/2004 4:14pm,
You asking me? I can go ask some cops I know on this board....

CrimsonTiger
11/15/2004 6:26pm,
The intent isn't for them to be world-class fighters guys, the intent is likely twofold:

1) To instill in the women a sense of aggression. The ability to assert themselves and feel they have some tools to work with to resist an attacker.

2) To teach them how to generate power and strike certain points. Not every man can stay standing after a decent kick to the thigh or straight-kick to the groin. It's not intended to be perfect, it's simply intended to offer some tools and let them find what works.

Zing!
11/15/2004 7:02pm,
I especially like that they'll teach MT/TKD as a regular part of the PE classes. That way people will have to train at least a few hours a week. It's interesting that they're also going to teach children to respect girls and women. It's important to attack the problem at its source, too. Teach people from an early age that this kind of behavior isn't acceptable. While it is the parents' job to do this, it's good that schools will teach kids to respect females.

raven3608
11/15/2004 7:27pm,
It will teach confidence as well. I think someone on bullshido said something along the line of most rape and assaults on women tend be on those that look like they have low self esteem and unlikely to put up any resistace...

I could do research but i cbf :P

They should include naked BJJ or wrestling :D ... cos what happens if the clothes get torn off?