Self Defense Demonstration Prepares Staff and Students for Personal Safety

Posted by on May 24, 2012

The demonstrators show some of the techniques used in American Kyuki-Do, a Korean Martial art that primarily incorporates the elements of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Judo.

Basic self defense tactics are important for everyone to know, so they are prepared if faced with an attacker. Albert (Jamie) Thayer is a criminal justice student at Minnesota School of Business, Blaine campus. As a Martial artist, he believes self defense skills give one the ability to get out of situations in a calm and thoughtful manner. He presented three self-defense demonstrations to students and staff on the campus for his Corrections class service learning project.

Jamie’s presentation demonstrated how one would protect or remove their self from harm with the use of basic self-defense and personal awareness to surroundings. Derek Nelson, second-degree black belt, and Austin Thayer, first kup red belt/ black stripe, assisted Jamie with his presentation. Attendees learned and practiced basic self-defense techniques.

“The reason I chose this subject was partly because of a video I saw on the internet, of a young girl falling into a hole because she was texting while walking,” said Jamie. “I thought about how unaware young people are of their surroundings, making them possible victims of assault or kidnapping.”

According to Jamie, this project relates to the Corrections class, because a Martial artist is always aware of his/her surroundings. This directly relates to handling situations that may arise in a correctional facility.

“If nothing else, I hope the individuals that watched my presentation learned that sound rational thinking, and quick action, can aide in removing yourself from harm,” said Jamie.


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