Model Mugging

Model Mugging
Focus Hybrid
Country of origin United States USA
Olympic sport No

Model Mugging is a form of self-defense training that uses padded trainers or Model Muggers to simulate assaults. It was founded by Matt Thomas,[1] co-author of the book Defend Yourself!: Every Woman's Guide to Safeguarding Her Life. Its inspiration was the 1971 rape and beating of a karate black belt.[2][3] Model Mugging was originally a self-defense program designed for the specific needs of women. Women learn how to protect themselves from a single unarmed assailant (basic self-defense course), armed assailants, and multiple assailants. Others involved in the early development of Model Mugging include Danielle Smith, Julio Toribio, Sheryl Doran and Mark Morrison

Techniques and training

Model mugging training involves students role-playing and sometimes fighting through a variety of assault scenarios.[4] Students are taught physical defenses, methods of avoiding or defusing potential assaults, verbal defenses, and decision-making under the pressure of such situations.[5]

During the simulated assaults, heavily padded instructors, often referred to as muggers,[6] accost, grab, or directly attack a student, who may respond (if they believe a physical response is appropriate for the situation) with full-force attacks to the padded instructor. The emotionally charged nature of the scenarios combined with the full-force nature of the fighting tend to create an adrenalized state[4] similar to that of someone facing a real assault. The adrenalized nature of the training is intended to teach the student how to think clearly and respond in adrenalized situations.[7]

References

  1. ^ McCaughey, Martha (1997). "Getting Mean". Real knockouts: the physical feminism of women's self-defense. NYU Press. p. 60. ISBN 9780814755778. http://books.google.com/books?id=oqlZMqMVW7gC&dq=%22model+mugging%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Violence: Frequent, Commonplace, Unexpected By Margaret Dicanio, Published by iUniverse, 2004 ISBN 0595316522, 9780595316526
  3. ^ Representing Rape: Model Mugging's Discursive and Embodied Performances Shannon Jackson TDR (1988-), Vol. 37, No. 3 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 110-141
  4. ^ a b Hartman, Carol (2001-04-12). "Conquering fear". Sacramento News & Review. http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/content?oid=5359. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ American Fitness, Nov-Dec, 1992 by Catherine Gockley Hear me roar: "Model Mugging" self-defense courses teach women to fight back under attack and win http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0675/is_n6_v10/ai_12934048/
  6. ^ Tierney, John (Jan 4, 1993). "Model Mugger Earns His Pay". The News-Journal. New York Times News Service: p. 8. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IwwqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=L9MEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5862,1560408&dq=model-mugging&hl=en. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Scripps Magazine by Allison Ryan Take That! Model Mugging 101 http://www.scrippscollege.edu/media/magazine/take-that-model-mugging-101

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