Jade Pidden, an 11-year-old Karateka from Bristol has managed to fend off an attacker she described as white, 6ft tall, slim, in his early 20s, with light brown hair and a long fringe. She said he was wearing a blue hoodie, with white writing and tight jeans with black and white Nike trainers.
The following is an excerpt from the original news story. Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses.
Brown-belt Jade says she first spotted the man when she turned off Lyons Court Road and into Winash Close.
By the time she reached the lane running between the Imperial ground field and Knowle golf course she said he was right behind her and asking to speak to her.
Jade ran away through a gap in the fence and into the field, pursued by the man who managed to grab her rucksack.
But she fought back, delivering the blows that saw her attacker run off.
"He was trying to grab me, not my bag. The bag was just something he was able to get hold of when I ran.
"When he did I just automatically responded by elbowing him in the chest and punching him in the face.
"He looked pretty shocked and ran away with his hand over one eye. I was quite upset but my sister and her friend comforted me on the rest of the way to school."
It should be noted that it’s likely the attacker has some injury to an eye, so bear this in mind while it might still be swollen if you’re in the area and see someone matching the description!
To those who can’t be bothered training in a martial art or other combative system, I urge you to think again. This isn’t about me plugging CSPS as an answer, or using scare tactics to get more students. This is me urging you all to think about your level of preparedness if something like this happened, and think about those you care about too. Would your children be able to defend themselves against an attack like this? Would they be aware enough to see it coming? Would you? If you have any doubts when thinking about these questions, get yourself to the nearest martial arts or self protection class as soon as you possibly can. Get in touch with the British Combat Association or check out their club listing for yourselves at http://britishcombat.co.uk/club-listing/ to make sure you find a reputable club who’s insured with the leading organisation in the UK. Don’t take the chance – find yourself a class you enjoy and an instructor you like, and prepare yourself!
I can’t congratulate Jade enough – she’s an example to everyone’s students. Your training’s not supposed to be left at the Dojo! Never let the scum win. Get away or fight back, but whatever you do, commit. Commit to your training and commit to your personal security. Get training!
I’ll get off my soap box now, I’ve got some training to do.
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