Self Defense for Women

Although the basic techniques and practice exercises for men and women are the same, there are several advantages for women who become proficient in the use of cards as weapons.

Protection from the potential rapist or mugger is an essential in this society and no matter how unpleasant or distasteful this subject may be, every woman would be wise to at least consider the possibilities of such an uninvited advance.

In my women's classes at the Columbia School of Card Throwing, various attack situations are suggested and discussed. The problems are analyzed and the correct parries are provided. The more advanced students enjoy improvising responses and some novel and effective techniques have been found in this manner.

The Children's Cudgel (previously discussed on page 71) is a particularly exciting

defense against the movie masher as it may be administered at close range and while seated. It is an effective blow delivered on the back of the hand, or, in response to more serious attacks, on the ear or under the bridge of the nose.

Many single card techniques are particularly useful against a masher or in situations where it would be awkward, clumsy or socially unacceptable to carry an entire deck. A single card jab to the neck or between the eye and cheek would be very effective, and yet not permanently damaging unless applied with unusual strength. A single card rolled up and thrust into a movie masher's nostril can be a fairly persuasive way of saying "no."

If you are accosted by a man who places his hand on your upper torso you may place one of your hands on top of his. When he relaxes, assuming this to be an encouraging response, you lock his hand against your body and use your free hand to push a single card under one of his fingernails and thrust firmly forward. This, embellished with appropriate verbal accompaniment, should make your attitude clear.

In more serious attacks where rape or even loss of life are at stake, blows should be administered with full force and directed to areas where they can do the most damage. It would be helpful to memorize the pressure point chart on page 71.

It is a wise habit to always carry cards in your pocket and/or purse, place them under the pillow at night or within easy reach at all times.

In the self-defense classes at my Famous Card Thrower's School, I may teach the rudiments of magic techniques which make it possible to conceal cards from view. The front and back palm is one such exercise. This may prove valuable if the attacker is aware of the use of cards as weapons. The cards may be hidden while in the pretended compliance stages noted above; then, when least expected, they can be retrieved and used for an effective blow.

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