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No holds barred

Go prepared, as all moves will be considered legit at this street-smart workshop on the art of self-defense to be held in city today.

mumbai Updated: Jan 07, 2012 13:30 IST
Sneha Mahale
Sneha Mahale
Hindustan Times

Kick-off 2012, literally, with some street-smart moves and easy fight techniques that should hold you good against any ruffian in Mumbai’s mean bylanes. Blue Bulb is organising its first ever workshop in the art of street fighting, where participants can learn to defend themselves against assailants using only their presence of mind and bare hands, or should the need arise, even knives, rods and short sticks.

“In cities, most of us lead sheltered lives, so our natural impulses are bogged down. In case of an attack, we know what to do, but are unable to execute those moves due to fear. The workshop will help people break down these barriers and let them react correctly in such situations,” says Regan Rodricks of Blue Bulb.

The workshop will be held every Saturday and repeat participants are welcome, though the cut off in terms of numbers participating is 40. Rodricks adds, “Also, people can’t use karate or kick-boxing techniques in a street fight or close combat. So these easy fight techniques should come in handy during a tricky situation.”

If that’s not all, people will also be able to train with rods and short sticks. “The idea is to help people defend against someone holding a weapon and then turn that weapon to their advantage.” A small session held at the end will also feature the use of foam Samurai swords that, while not causing the participants any pain or harm, will act as a stress-buster for all the people involved. For those interested in in-depth training in combat fighting, Blue Bulb also holds sessions in the same at a small cost every month.

Take them on

During the workshop, participants indulge spar sessions with each other. A girl will take on a guy to give one the feel of an actual attack in real time.

Techniques used in a fight differ and depend on the assailant’s physique and size and your presence of mind. The idea is to break barriers and get you to react like you would in a real-life attack.

Sessions with rods, wooden knives, foam Samurai swords will be held to showcase how to defend oneself in case of an attack where a person is armed with a weapon.

First Published: Jan 07, 2012 13:12 IST