Self-defense for the elderly - limits of self-defense

Self-defense requires presence of mind - and knowledge of one's own limits

Whether Aikido, Karate or Wing Tsun: It is important, so recommend experts and coaches, in the event of a threat of body language and choice of words to break the victim-perpetrator cycle that awaits the attacker. Self-confidence, speed, presence of mind and responsiveness are strengthened.

However, using active defense only makes sense if training is intensive and regular, so that in real emergency situations, the correct movements are actually responded to.

Fear of crime affects well-being

According to research conducted by the Kriminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, the fear of crime leads to a greater impairment of general well-being in the elderly. This can lead to a withdrawal from public life and associated loneliness. In addition, older people, unlike younger people, suffer more from the consequences of crime.

The study in Lower Saxony also shows that the well-being of older people, for example, is significantly more affected after a burglary than in younger people. They no longer feel well in their own homes and on the street, often accompanied by long-term fears.

Seniors are more cautious in many cases. It is often an expression of increased overall insecurity, as they are sometimes less secure and vulnerable due to diminishing physical forces or possible visual and hearing difficulties.

Self-assertion instead of self-defense

For many seniors, self-defense is out of the question for health reasons, but self-assertion is. Police psychologists therefore recommend that the public be made loud, for example, by shouting or shouting about attacks. 80 percent of all attackers then give up. Self-confidence and moral courage must be trained above all, so that the defense works in an emergency.

This defensive posture can also be practiced: distance yourself with your outstretched arm and go back in the so-called pass passage. You always have to keep an eye on the attacker and be ready to counter with the hitting hand.

Aikido as self-defense

Edmund Kern averts the attacks of his attacker with flowing turns, who tries to hit him with blows. Edmund Kern is 74 years old - and he is a sensei, a master and teacher and belongs to the elite of aikido masters in Germany and Europe. In 1988 he founded the Takemusu Aiki Dojo Bavaria eV.

Aikido is about not dealing with the aggression of the attack with aggression, but fending off it and using the power of the attacker. This should be brought into a situation in which he can not start another attack easily, or where he recognizes the futility of his actions. This is usually done through throws and levers, which make up the majority of aikido techniques.

Martial arts in old age

Edmund Kern does not feel too old for this sport: "The movements in Aikido correspond to the natural course of movement, " he explains. Therefore, he could only advise anyone, no matter what age, to practice martial arts. Even older people are opposed to the fact that in interaction with the exercise partners learn something about the coordination of the movements and their own physical fitness.

Aikido training gives everyone their own needs and opportunities. That's what Ines Heindl has learned. Full concentration and also traps and roles are learned through aikido. The now 58-year-old has learned through Aikido after a herniated disc, to claim their body. She is now a Dan, a master of self-defense, and trains women and men between the late 50s and early 60s.

For them, a particularly positive side effect of aikido is the promotion of coordination and responsiveness. In this way, the participants of their courses are a little afraid of falls in everyday life, as they learn a much better body control. Self-defense and self-assertion courses for all age groups are offered by the local adult education centers, but also by institutions such as the DRK, AWO etc. as well as judo and karate clubs.

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