“My hands are still shaking after watching that video.”
Mr. Kim (27), an office worker living in Seo-gu, Incheon, said that he kept thinking of a video of ‘Seoul Sillim-dong sword fighting’ he saw on the Internet a few days ago안전놀이터. It was a crime video of a 33-year-old woman who killed one person and seriously injured three others by indiscriminately wielding a weapon on the street in broad daylight.
Shocked by the sight of strong men collapsing after a single swing of a knife, Mr. Kim immediately looked up the price of a samdanbong (a single bar for self-defense that can be folded and unfolded) at an internet shopping mall. I also registered as a member at a nearby boxing gym, hoping that this would not be enough. He said, “After watching the video, I became afraid to go to crowded places,” and “I decided to learn boxing with her girlfriend.”
After the murder of a knife in Sillim-dong, the number of people interested in self-defense items or techniques for self-defense increased rapidly, like Mr. Kim. Given that all the victims were male at the time of the incident, it was found that young men were particularly concerned about how to deal with ‘indiscriminate stabbing’.
Self-defense goods and self-defense men’s searches soar
On the 24th, when the Hankook Ilbo checked the trend of shopping clicks by category of ‘Naver Data Lab’, the index that clicked on ‘self-defense items’ reached its highest on the 22nd, the day after the incident. When the index on the 22nd, when the maximum number of clicks came out, was set to ‘100’, the usual click index was 8 to 18. This means that the number of people looking for self-defense items has increased 5 to 10 times since the Sillim-dong incident. In terms of gender, men’s click index increased in particular.
My interest in self-defense (martial arts), which can help me get out of a crisis when someone suddenly attacks me, also increased. This is because the news that Mr. Cho swung a weapon at four men in three minutes spread along with closed circuit ( CC ) TV footage at the time, and the perception that it was difficult to respond to a sudden situation with only self-defense items spread. On Naver, the search volume index for ‘self-defense’ also reached its peak on the 22nd, just like ‘self-defense goods’.
With this craze for self-defense, experts analyzed that this case showed that young men can also be targets of ‘indiscriminate crime’. Sujeong Lee, a professor of criminal psychology at Kyonggi University, said, “It is because it has been confirmed that the crime of not asking does not distinguish between men and women.”
What if someone comes at me with a knife?
If, by any chance, I actually encounter a situation in which someone attacks me with a weapon at close range, what is the best way to respond? Crime response experts agree that it is difficult to subdue a criminal with a knife only with self-defense and self-defense items. Kim Sang-gyun, a professor at the Police Department at Baekseok University, said, “The moment you try to subdue, you can stimulate the opponent more.” Inspector Kim Young-joo, who is in charge of physical force response training at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, also said, “To stop a criminal with a weapon in self-defense, even a police officer needs years of training.”
However, it is the common opinion of experts that if the purpose is to evade rather than black or subdue, the usual training can be of some help. Training does not have to be ‘self-defense’. ① Recognizing a crime in a short time ② Buying time to escape from the scene, all exercises are helpful. Kim Hyung-ik, president of the Korea Self-Defense Arts Promotion Association, said, “It is important to develop physical strength and reaction speed in any exercise.”
First of all, experts advise that it is important to run away as soon as you recognize the crime , increase your distance from the other person, and buy time to make a decision . If you are at a dead end or in a situation where you cannot distance yourself, you should push the opponent down rather than hit them. fell down The same goes for lying down. You should use your legs as much as possible to push the opponent’s body, not the weapon, to increase the distance and buy time for the next move. Lieutenant Kim added, “Even if you use self-defense equipment, it is important to practice hitting the target on a daily basis.”