In light of recent crimes on campus, Bobcats should learn to defend themselves.
In all honesty, Texas State is far from a perfectly safe, gated community. It is wonderful to feel safe walking across campus alone at night, unaware of the dangers present, but it is not responsible.
Emergency alerts are emailed to staff and students practically every other week. Students are no strangers to the robbery, theft and sexual harassment that plague our school in the dead of night. Campus and San Marcos police forces work diligently to prevent such incidents. But unless they hold hands with every individual walking campus after midnight, not much more can be done to protect students. Late night campus roamers need to take matters into their own fists.
Learning self-defense would not just teach students how to kick butt and take names when necessary. It would help students be more alert while walking alone. This ability would make it easier to spot a suspicious party before receiving an eyeful of their brandished junk, as in the case of the recent flasher. That is one less set of unsolicited genitals students have to be exposed to if they learn basic self-defense.
Gentlemen should remember self-defense classes are not only for ladies. Kicking a creepy flasher in his parts is one thing, but knowing what to do at gun or knifepoint is a different story.
Self-defense against a gun may not seem like the best idea at first consideration. It may seem safer to fork over the wallet or purse and let the perpetrator dash away to be caught by police later. If armed with the proper knowledge and techniques, however, victims can reclaim their power and keep their hard-earned or freeloaded money. Having the power to take control of the situation beats being scared and broke.
Learning basic self-defense is incredibly easy. Texas State offers several PFW courses in martial arts and self-defense. Learning a martial art is fun and saves students still in need of a PFW credit from the torture of taking track or tennis.
Learning how to kick someone in the face is not just useful against thieves. The skill will earn students respect. If students knew they could get their butts handed to them by their peers at any moment, the university would be a much more pleasant place. Cutting in lines around campus would be eliminated, wallets and purses would stay with their rightful owners and the harrowing glimpse of a strange man’s privates would be swiftly avenged.
Practicing self-defense requires students to exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer and improved mental health as a few of the bonuses exercise can provide.
Learning some form of self-defense can only enhance students’ lives. Stay safe, look fine, keep your wallet and learn how to kick people in the face.