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An account by @itsFreelancer of the First self defense workshop organized by @JusticeForWomen in Chennai:

The first self defence workshop for women was organised by JusticeforWomen in Chennai on Sept 1 and 2.

It was the first step towards a greater good, towards creating awareness that you, yourself are responsible for your well being. In a country like India where we are taught to respect women from an early age, the contrary to it is much more rampant. Women are molested in public, in houses by their husbands or family relatives, raped, killed, teased everytime a girl walks down a street. And this will continue. No matter how many laws the government sets up, its not going to be completely eradicated. Today you’re safe, tomorrow you won’t be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

Its time to be prepared for such an eventuality.

Justice For Women’s first ever self defence workshop was held at 17th Avenue, Salzburg Square, Chennai. And 3 courageous women stepped up to take matters in their own hands. I salute them for their bravery, I applaud them for their determination.

Uday Dhanda, was the anointed instructor in the discipline of Krav Maga. For those who do not know what Krav Maga is, it is the only non-competitive martial art in the world. That means, there is no world tournaments held for this discipline. Its deadly and it gets the job done.

What was taught in the two days was just the beginning of what you can achieve. It’s time women realised they are not just a shadow in the world of men anymore.

Day 1 consisted of learning what to do with the situations every girl faces daily. What to do when a man advances on you, what to do when you know you’re about to be in danger. When you’re in such a situation, the first thing that comes is shock. Overcome that. Take control. And we’re here to show you how.

Weeping and crying out for help will not help you enough. These workshops teach you how to fight back. You do not need to be martial arts champion to save yourself. A clear mind and a good reflex is all you need. Plus the determination to not be used by others. What do you do when someone grabs your hands? No matter how much you try to break yourself free, you’re powerless when the attacker is a man with a better body strength. They teach you how to use your assailant’s body force to break free. You learn where to hit, what to do. One action may be the difference between life and death.

The girls who showed up were more than eager to learn. They listened and practised with such an intensity knowing that yes, this will actually help them from preventing an unpleasant scenario. Most of you, one way or another has been in such a place. The next time you find yourself in one, you can actually get the better of it. Uday taught how to hit the assailant and where to hit. You do not need to be a superwoman to make his ribs crack and break free. Remember, they’re not going to play nice. So hit back with as much as you can with a clear mind. The harder they fall, the better control you’re in.

The girls who took part in this workshop heard about it from Twitter and Facebook. I just wished others were brave and concerned enough to take part. Girls seem to have this mentality that nothing bad would happen to them until it actually does. Only then do they wake up.

What do you do when you’re being forced upon? Do you simply weep and hope that its over soon? Once you gave it, you can be pretty sure it will happen again. Uday taught the girls what to do in such a situation. How to use your body and prevent this scene. Its simple and its effective. And you do not lose your dignity. Sadly, Uday chose me as the puppet to be trained on and I can tell you, it hurts. Imagine how much the assailant would be hurt when you take control with force.

Day 2 involved about what to do when you’re choked or when someone comes at you with a weapon. Practice, practice, practice. A simple 1-2 day workshop will just give you an idea. I urge you to learn it properly.

Its sad to know that it took a girl being molested in Assam to wake up. Nevertheless, you’ve realised that its time to be stronger. If you want to be equal, you need to get a move on. I am a guy. And I’m sad to say that I’m more concerned about this than most girls for whom this workshop was meant for.

It is your life, do not give up so easily. Today you’re safe with your brothers, your father, your boyfriend. But they cannot be with you 24*7. I ask you to ask yourself, Are you really safe or are you still in your dream world thinking nothing bad would ever happen to you.

Remember, you’re not alone as long as you carry your strength with you.


PS: Uday Dhanda is in talks to set-up bi-weekly self defense workshops. Those interested in joining, kindly call him at: +919884342334 or drop a mention @themadcurator


Some self-defense tips and ideas suggested by Delhi girls, Nimue and Bindya Malhotra:

Never going out alone is NOT an option for any one. Specially in these days when most of us work outside home town and live alone. But going safe always is. And here are few things one should keep in mind :

  • Always inform some one where you are going and the time you would be back. Better to give exact address / area name.
  • Gather information about the area you are going to visit so you can reach and leave on time.
  • Do not ignore your intuition about dark / empty streets. Wait for some one to be around or prepare your defense.
  • Accept that you have to face such men some time in your life, so no harm being prepared or to learn defense tactics.
  • Do not hesitate to ask help from people ( ladies preferred ) around you if you feel unsure of the way you take.
  • When returning alone from a dinner / party , make sure you are not drunk. Arrange for yourself a reliable cab or better ask a friend to drop you home.
  • Never fear raising voice / telling some guy that he is making you feel uncomfortable. Ignore the comments that might follow some times.


A] 1 In most situations, the attacker would push you to the ground and place himself on you, between your legs

2 Part your legs immediately, and place your right foot on the attacker’s right ankle to lock his right leg and restrict his movement

3 Now, outstretch your left hand swiftly, resembling the crucifix position. This would take his weight off you and move him to the left

4 As you outstretch your left hand (as shown in step 3),  lift your right hip up and topple him over to the floor

5 Once you’ve managed to get him on the floor, punch him hard under the nostrils or in the eyes, get up and flee from the spot.

B] 1)  If an attacker is trying to pull you by the arm, instead of resisting, catapult your body towards him and push the opponent, combining his own force to your arsenal,

2)  The technique of arresting the attacker’s hand instead of resisting was very helpful.

3)  Folding the thumb so that the bony part of the hand protrudes towards the outside is very effective. Hitting an assailant with the bony part of your hand is better than a palm slap,

4)  Keep a pepper spray or a deo handy, to spray in the attackers eyes.

5)  Do not sit inside a car with the doors unlocked, In a parking lot.

6)  Keep a few important numbers as your speed dial for example your parents, husband, brother most importantly the police emergency number 100.

7)  every time you leave your home, tell someone where you’re going, the exact time you’ll be back.

8) when you’re out with friends, watch your drink.

9)  DO NOT take or give lifts to strangers. If going with a friend, inform someone.


1) Don’t let someone take undue advantage of you on the pretext of frisking. Remember, according to Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code, no policeman can frisk you. Only a policewoman can frisk a woman. If you aren’t comfortable with the way in which you are being frisked even by a policewoman, you can report the matter to senior police officers who are bound by the law to take action.


 Please read and share this post with all your girl friends. If you have any more tips and tricks, kindly let us know in the comments sections.