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Girls can Learn These 10 Self Defence Tips from the Film Mary Kom

Mary Kom- the film, not only ticks off each of Indian boxer MC Mary Kom's career achievements and key personal struggles but also teaches us some self-defense tricks that can come in very handy for girls. Learn them here.

Sports and Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Jan 15, 2015

Can You Defend Yourself?

Olympic bronze medallist boxer MC Mary Kom, who became famous after her biopic starring Priyanka Chopra, says boys used to laugh at her when she had started. But, look where her determination has got her. Five time world champion Mary Kom feels that in these dangerous times, girls should avoid going at risky places in the night hours and should know self-defence techniques to save themselves from the anti-social people. Here are some self defence tips to learn from Mary Kom movie.
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Using the Whole Body to Punch

Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, (most people have slow feet at first) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch.

Throwing Short Hooks

Throw short hooks, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, the harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land.

The Close Call

Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches.

Combo Punches

Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now.
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Breathe Out

Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle!
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Let Your Hands Go!

Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.
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Don’t Panic

Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head.
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