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Kick Ass

Last Saturday, i attended a class which i’ve been wanting to take for so long.

No – not Arabic, not Fiqh, not Tajweed: Self-defense.

The class is a six-week course, called “Ninjabi”, and was arranged especially just for us Muslimahs – so we had female instructors, a closed environment, and no security cameras. Woohoo!

I wasn’t sure what to expect, because i’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve always thought it would be great to learn some kind of martial art, but a dearth of sisters-only classes, combined with my general lack of any kind of athletic ability, has always marred those aspirations. However, the ‘super-nice’ instructors (who were absolute professionals in my mind, mashallah) kindly reassured us that this was not really a martial arts class, and that we wouldn’t be doing anything too strenuous – Alhamdulillah.

The aim of the course was to teach us certain moves that would allow us to gain the upper-hand if, God-forbid, we were ever faced with a threatening situation. In every case, the first and best thing to do is run away, and find help. However, if one is cornered, then these techniques would definitely come in handy to give us that vital window of opportunity to escape harm, inshallah. It was important to realize that we were not being trained to join a new Muslimah vigilante-justice squad (but how cool would that be? Muhammad’s Angels, perhaps?); rather we just needed to learn how to defend ourselves, in order to get away safely.

We covered quite a few different techniques in the first session. We were shown some basic blocking moves, how to disable someone by hitting key areas (i’m sure you’re all thinking of one key area – but funnily enough, that wasn’t mentioned!), and also how to release oneself from various grabs and strangleholds.

It was quite amazing, really. Several moves actually require you to get closer to the attacker, which would surely be the last thing on your mind to do! The instructor mentioned that if we wish for these actions to become reflex in nature, we’d have to practise – a lot. Over 400 times to be exact. I better get started then… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…

However, one of the best parts of the day for me, was meeting and greeting all the other Ninjabi sisters, one of whom became a ‘fast friend’, and my partner in [fighting] crime. I didn’t know her before the class, but we both had a moment of deja vu early on in the session: “Have we met before? Your face looks very familiar to me…” etc, etc. After about a minute of discussion, we found out that we lived around the corner from each-other; well, that explains it, then…

Although it is obvious that prevention is always better than cure – that is, we should try to minimise the likelihood of being attacked in the first place, by avoiding dodgy people, in dodgy areas, at dodgy times – it is definitely worth learning these kinds of techniques, just to have some peace of mind.

I definitely cannot wait for the next class. I’m really itching to try out what i’ve already learnt on a willing victim… any offers?

What? No-one?

You’re not scared are ya?

Yeah, datz right. Y’all better step off… cos dis girlz got da moves!

(Or she will do, after 395 more attempts).

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Written by iMuslim

April 16, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Posted in Ninjabi, Women

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  1. As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatu,

    WOOT! Congrats/mabrook!!! :D

    In my old city my mom helped organize women’s-only kickboxing/self-defence classes, with a gen-u-ine female kickboxing champ! Masha’Allah, it was AWESOME!!!
    She even started teaching me how to stick-fight… y’know, the precursor to full-out swordfighting!!! It was sooooooo cool!!!

    Unfortunately, the classes ended up cancelled… for some reason, within weeks/months of joining the class, half the married women in attendance all got pregnant! :S
    We had a rather small group to begin with, so it just wasn’t feasible for us to keep the classes going… :(

    But, now that we’re in this new city, we’re hoping to begin such classes again – and this time, with a MUSLIMAH instructor! Yay! Insha’Allah… :)

    Your fellow wannabe Ninjabi,
    Mouse

    AnonyMouse

    April 16, 2007 at 5:08 pm

  2. mental note to myself: be extra nice to imuslim from now on ;)

    i went to a few karate classes back in the days when i wasn’t so concerned about segregation in these matters, and it really does help to boost ones confidence levels. i would love it if there was a class of this nature in my area. alhamdulllah i think the muslim community is a lot better then it used to be in catering for womens’ needs.

    salaam habibati (that’s the nice bit)

    hema

    April 16, 2007 at 6:29 pm

  3. I read about this “Ninjaabi” course a while ago. Good to know you enjoyed it, now you can go on and break some noses! :D

    Sumera

    April 17, 2007 at 3:25 pm

  4. Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Mouse: Greetings fellow Ninjabi!
    for some reason, within weeks/months of joining the class, half the married women in attendance all got pregnant!
    That sounds like summit out of a horror film!

    hema: Yes, be nice… be very nice… send me chocolates, else i’ll whoop yo butt! ;)

    Sumera: One of the first moves we were taught involved wacking someone in the nose. I couldn’t help but wince at the idea of how painful that would be!

    iMuslim

    April 18, 2007 at 2:32 pm

  5. Hey, Ninjabis! Stay cool, Daniel is here but he offers no real threat to yo’all. I did Judo as a younger man and still remember some of the moves though I’ve never had to use them.

    I find it interesting that one place was not mentioned. It really is the place where most males are most vulnerable. It brings tears to the eyes and you suddenly lose all aggression and I mean all! And the nose is also a great place!

    Practise like crazy though because if you don’t strike paydirt first time, the implications are seldom good. Cheers!

    Daniel

    April 19, 2007 at 4:35 am

  6. Assalamualaikum

    Its the male testicles – the groin – hit it hard with your frontkick or your fist or an object

    *It really is the place where most males are most vulnerable*

    Pendekar Muslim

    May 6, 2007 at 6:57 am

  7. Your keychain can be a two-sided sharp weapon – strike front hand and back hand

    Target the eyes, throat, nose

    *Subdue the attacker

    ***And remember – you die a Syahid in defense or your self, your honor, your property, your family

    Pendekar Muslim

    May 6, 2007 at 7:00 am

  8. Wa ‘alaykum salam PM

    Jazakallah for the tips! My keychain lives in my bag, though… so i probably wouldn’t have quick enough access to it… but you never know!

    May Allah take our souls as Shahid. Ameen.

    Wa’salam

    iMuslim

    May 6, 2007 at 1:42 pm

  9. salam,
    :lol: i know about that class!…and i think a few sisters i know might be foing there although am not sure…but yeah…i’ve heard of it and it’s pretty cool :D

    you want to try out moves on a ‘willing victim’?…feel free :P

    wassalam

    Snowdrops

    May 6, 2007 at 3:31 pm

  10. going*

    Snowdrops

    May 6, 2007 at 3:32 pm

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