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Local Karate Instructors Share Insight on Self Defense

After a year of record breaking crime in Fort Wayne, a local karate instructor shares his insight on self defense.
"You want to protect yourself at all times. Especially with this society, a lot of different things could happen to you."
After a year of record breaking crime in Fort Wayne, a local karate instructor shares his insight on self defense.

WFFT's Tara Petitt has been learning some self defense herself and brings us a special report on how you can protect yourself and your family when the unexpected happens.

Sa Bom Nim Roudebush is the owner and master instructor of C.S. Kim Karate in Fort Wayne.  He has been doing Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art form for more than 20 years.

"You want to protect yourself at all times. Especially with this society, a lot of different things could happen to you."

Self defense is a set of skills that make you capable of protecting yourself, but it's also important to know in order to protect those around you.

"If you have a family, you need to be able to protect them as well."

Sa Bom Nim says that self defense can come in many forms.

"Mainly you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times and not being to the point where you are always nervous, but just taking precautions like if you're walking out to your car by yourself, look around, make sure there is nobody around.  Look around your car before you even get in.  Look in your car and make sure you can have your key in a certain position that you could use that.  I've seen women use their high heeled shoes."

It's important to have the confidence that you can protect yourself in any situation.

"Self defense will give you that confidence, knowing that you can handle yourself at all times."

Sa Bom Nim tells his students often that he knows how to fight so that he doesn't have to fight.

"Knowing self defense will allow you to either decide if you need to use it or not."

As time advance, society advances as well.  With constant change, people must learn how to adapt to society.

"Society continues to change, so self defense has to change with it.  Maybe one day there won't be any more knives, there won't be anymore guns, there might be something else."

Being aware of everything around you, understanding your own body and capabilities, and practicing self defense techniques can be the difference between life and death.

"When I was a kid, when you went to school you didn't have to worry about a knife or a gun.  Now you do."

Whether you are in elementary school, college, or in a retirement home, you could be targeted as a victim.

No matter how strong or how weak you are, you have the ability to defend yourself.

If you want more information on self defense or Tang Soo Do, you can call C.S. Kim Karate at 260-433-1849.
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