A stabbing incident occurred at a park just next to my apartment. Armed with a scissors, the deranged and homeless man pounced at joggers and anyone he encountered injuring five persons, one of which is a two year old boy. It was only after a Good Samaritan, most likely trained in some form of self-defense techniques, moved in to pin the assailant that the violence came to a stop.
I used to jog at the scene of the crime and always kept my own defenses low to enjoy the afternoon sun and cold breeze. But yesterday’s incident was a good reminder that no public place – at least in New York City – is safe from gangsters, muggers and persons living in desperation. And this is no exaggeration.
Police crime statistics have it that this latest incident is but one out of more than a hundred violent crimes in New York parks. It is utterly impossible for the police to be on guard at all times. The onus is upon us to keep ourselves safe and secure at all times as and when we chill out for some leisure and fun.
My friends in Singapore may take this issue lightly. Singapore is, after all, known to be the safest cities on earth. But we never know what would happen in moments we least expect. Criminals abound and the best way to protect ourselves is to learn some form of self-defense.
Be it judo, aikido, karate, Silat or what have you, these various martial arts would give us the fighting chance to put off any attacks from inhumane rogues. Here in New York, the City that Never Sleeps, self-defense is the best weapon one could have to survive.