2016, Volume 12
Evaluation of self-defence for people with visual impairments – methodology aspects
Jitka Cihounkova1, Alena Skotakova1, Jindriska Kohoutkova1, Martin Bugala1
1Department of Gymnastics and Combatives, Masaryk University, Faculty of Sport Studies, Czech Republic, Brno
Author for correspondence: Jitka Cihounkova; Department of Gymnastics and Combatives, Masaryk University, Faculty of Sport Studies, Czech Republic; email: cihounkova[at]fsps.muni.cz
Background and Study Aim: Self-defence for persons with some disability it is a neglected area by most experts on self-defence. The aim of this study is to create the basic methodology of self-defence course for people with visual impairments
Material and Methods: Ten persons (5 sightless and 5 short sighted, 5 men and 5 women; aged between 16 and 57) have attended 24 hour course of self-defence. We use a set of questions to determine the degree of self-confidence in self-defence situations such as prevention, verbal conflict and physical assault before and after the course. Second evaluation method is an expert analysis of scenario training.
Results: After the self-defence course self-confidence during prevention and communication and inner security during conflict situations increased, which was shown in scenario trainings as well.
Conclusions: A self-defence course for people with visual disabilities should be focused on the early recognition of danger, verbal defence training and the use of physical contact. Post conflict stays as a challenge in this area.
Key words: model mugging, scenario training, security concerns, self-confidence, verbal defence