View Full Version : Women develop skills, instincts to fight back, EYE GOUGES!!!

6/09/2007 12:47am,
Women develop skills, instincts to fight back
For the Tribune

The ability to defend yourself is imperative for any woman. While most of us do not knowingly put ourselves in risky situations, it might be a matter of being in the "wrong place at the wrong time," says Scott Miranti, owner of Big Sky Taekwondo in Great Falls. Miranti offers a varied curriculum, including Taekwondo and self-defense courses that strive to unite technique and mental readiness.

Research shows that women who fight back in a threatening situation typically aren't hurt as badly and often can get away, although, Miranti notes, "You can't resist every time."

That's why his course is designed "to give gals the confidence to make a split-second decision" on what needs to be done in a moment of crisis.
His classes stress preparation and simple techniques any woman can use.

"A small gal can use her strengths," says Miranti, once she knows the vital areas to target including the eyes, nose, throat and groin.

"The bigger the person, the harder they fall," states Mingi Gaub, a five-foot two-inch-tall black belt who is well aware of her abilities. Because men are generally bigger and stronger than women, "You have to know where to hit them right," Gaub says. With a well-placed kick, she can bring anyone to the ground.

But it's not only about knowing where and how to strike.

Miranti recommends regular practice to become proficient.

"You can't learn something one time and expect it'll be instinctive," he said.

He believes in sticking with basic moves for self-defense. "A simple technique you can get good at" is an extremely valuable resource, Miranti said.

Laurie Grisham, who has trained at Big Sky for two years, agrees. It took a couple of months for routines to click for her, but with practice, the moves became second nature.

"I feel if I did get into a situation I could do a decent job getting out of it," she said.

In his self-defense seminars, Miranti teaches blocking, effective strikes and a kick or two. He puts students in different scenarios.

Being mentally prepared is the best way to use the physical techniques. Miranti also explains the necessity of projecting a confident attitude to dissuade a potential attacker looking for a weaker individual.

"It's not about brute strength. It's using your head, physics and training," Miranti says. Learning self-defense is within reach of all women regardless of age or size and is an invaluable resource.


So that's all good. But how can one miss the picture attached to the article with the informative caption as well?

Laurie Grisham, right, practices an eye-gouging technique with Menji Gaub during Taekwondo class at Big Sky Taekwondo.

Kid Miracleman
6/10/2007 12:24am,
Not teh d34dly eye gouge!!1!!!1!11one