Women’s self-defense harnesses Kung Fu approach

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Self-defense classes are popular among women. Learning the skills and discipline takes the help of a pro.

The masters at the Austin Kung Fu studio, Moy Yat, teach women realistic, proven methods to better defend themselves — should the situation call for it.

Aaron Vyvial runs Moy Yat. They specialize in a Kung Fu-style called Ving Tsun.

“Ving Tsun Kung Fu, the martial art we teach, is one of the only martial arts that is said to have been designed and taught by a woman,” said Vyvial. “It doesn’t depend on size, it doesn’t depend on athletic ability, and it doesn’t depend on strength.”

Vyvial’s business partner and wife, Sarah Clendenen, showed us some of the first things women learn in their self-defense courses.

“If for some reason you end up pinned against a wall, just lower [your] center of gravity and use the back to push off,” said Clendenen, as she showed us the skill.

She also demonstrated what to do if an attacker grabs your arm. She says if that happens, you immediately come in and start hitting the attacker.

That leads us to some of the main take-aways:

  • Always lower your center of gravity.
  • Go for your attacker’s vitals: the neck, face and eyes.
  • Don’t back away; let the attacker know you’re going to defend yourself.
  • Relax

Vyvial says the classes are becoming more and more popular. He feels it’s their duty to share the skills with as many people as possible.

“Part of the gift of learning is you have to teach, sort of a give and take. So we feel like we need to teach because it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

Of course, a picture — or this case, video — is worth a thousand words. To see clips from classes, visit the Moy Yat website. You can also learn more about classes and scheduling.

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