Springfield martial arts instructor shares self-defense tactics for kids against kidnapper
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – USA Martial Arts instructors in Springfield say self-defense is a key part of the program instructors teach their students.
Owner Jeff Cvitak says one of the more basic scenarios is a taller guy attacking someone shorter, like a child, so it’s important to get as much attention to yourself as possible. Cvitak tells his students to yell fire as it will grab the attention of anyone nearby.
If you get caught from the front he says to aim for the face and eyes while kicking in the groin.
“As they scream fire, fire, fire, we ask them to throw those kicks to get that attention and all we need for that person is to go, it’s not worth my time, ”Cvitak says. “If they can say that in their head, they’re going to let the kid run away and move on and that’s the point.”
Self-defense techniques should be simple to use and easy to manage. If you get caught from behind, Cvitak says to try to move your body as much as possible, waving your arms and legs.
“Almost similar to throwing a crisis on the ground,” Cvitak says. “The more we can teach them to move, the harder it is to do it.”
It is important that children are aware of their surroundings rather than being distracted by their phone, a book or anything else. If someone makes you uncomfortable, they tell you not to let them come near you. That’s what they call red light, yellow light, green light. Cvitak says anything within three feet is a red light, a high danger zone, and makes it easier for you to be caught. Three more feet back is the yellow area.
“If you’re asleep and you’re not conscious, that person will close that gap a lot faster than we can react, so that’s always a caveat,” Cvitak says. “Now we’re dealing with about 10 to 11 feet. This is our green zone so if I talk to a stranger and there is no one around mum and dad are not there its as close as I want a stranger to reach me .
Cvitak says if a car pulls up in front of you and a potential attacker comes out of it, you want to run in front of the car. This increases the distance the kidnapper will have to travel to catch you and gives you a better chance of running away, rather than running in the back of the car.
“The last thing I want to do is physically get into the car,” Cvitak says. “I turn what we call Spiderman and it all comes out so I grab the doors and the handles and don’t allow myself to get into the vehicle at any cost and hope I can escape from the outside.
Cvitak says at least three children in his classes say they used these techniques at the park or in grocery stores.
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