How to Fight Back

Fitness & Workouts, Health & Safety, Leaving & Coming Home, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Planning — By on June 18, 2006 at 1:01 am

No joke, we’ve heard the warning “Be careful on your trip!” a million times (thanks to worried moms, protective boyfriends and concerned pals). Holly decided to put some minds at ease by signing up for self defense with Matan Gavish, a personal trainer schooled in Krav Maga-the official martial art of the Israeli Defense Forces. Even though I’m praying we’ll never find ourselves in a situation where we’ll have to use what I’ve learned, I feel a heck of a lot better knowing what to do if we’re ever attacked.

In addition to making me feel like a bad ass, this was a killer workout! I’m a fitness fanatic and do a bunch of different exercises to keep from getting bored-running, boxing, Pilates, yoga, biking, weightlifting, rollerblading. After a session with Matan, my muscles hurt in places I didn’t even know I had and I went for a massage to soothe my sore muscles.

Here are the top three lessons I learned from Matan while kicking butt:

1. Put up a fight. A lot of attackers will ditch a woman who strikes back and opt for an “easier” target. Moreover, fighting back drastically increases your chances of survival (Disclaimer: Only fight back if you’re physically threatened. If someone wants your new Prada bag or iPod, for the love of God, let them have it. Possesions can be replaced, your life/body can’t).

2. Hit a soft spot. It’s good to stand your ground, but striking back without knowing where to hit is wasted energy. It tires you out and may make a bad guy angrier. Basically, hitting an attacker in the middle of his body is useless, as it’s hard to inflict major damage to this area. Rather, focus on the “soft spots”: Eyes (poke them with your thumbs to blind your opponent), nose (make a fist and hit the bridge hard with your knuckles), Adam’s apple (this can stun a person), groin (you know that one, ladies!) and knees (kicking someone here can make them buckle and lose balance).

3. Never let them see you sweat! From here on out I’ll always wear cotton underwear when getting physical.



  • Taunted says:

    Have you lot not even left yet?

    Jeez, you’re taking your time.

  • The Lost Girls says:

    We’re leaving tomorrow, my friend!

  • Useless Man says:

    Have a great trip. Look forward to hearing the results.

    And no one ever wished Sydney Bristow of ALIAS good luck. She just kicked butt.

    You’ll do the same. SAVE THE WORLD!

  • The Lost Girls says:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Useless Man….we’ll make sure to kick some ass overseas just for you.

  • Guru Panguji says:

    All ze best!! Today is _the_ day!! Make sure you are all able to post some pics and blog about all the places.

    And yeah have an awesome time, not that you needed me to say the same :-)!

  • The Lost Girls says:

    Even more awesome of you to remember! Thanks for your words of encouragement…Jen and I are actually sitting here in my Dad’s living room, writing our final post before departure.

    Keep tuning in…and link to us!

  • Guru Panguji says:

    Of course. I like the fact that you guys are actually doing it! I mean, awesome :-)!

    I was preparing a post on the same. Will be doing it by the end of the day :-D!!

    Am at office, and finally have some work to do :-D!! I had a respite for about 3 months. This is in preparation for my own trip to Europe! Who knows if our paths will cross? ;-)!

    Anyhoo, enjoy!!