Learning to Defend

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos


Learning to Defend

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM EDT

Blasdell, N.Y. (WKBW) - When it comes to a violent attack will you be ready?

"We focus on a tragedy of verbal, no stay away, eye contact. If it comes down to a violent confrontation we give you the tools to defend yourself," JL Karate Owner Joe Lembke said.

Joe Lembke and his team of Karate Black Belts at JL Karate focus on women's self defense. Lembke starts his lesson with some questions.

"We get into asking for information and we get them into a conversation and extract information. When they realized they could be put in a vulnerable position we proceed from there," Lembke said.

The focus quickly changes to the physical. Channel 7's intern Hayden Ristevski volunteered to be part of the lesson. Lembke demonstrated the move, then, Hayden was next in line. Lembke said they teach the women not only the moves but also how to deal with the emotions of an attack.

"We try to harness that fear whether there is a weapon or not to react and use these techniques," Lembke said.

Those techniques include hitting, poking scratching and much more, injuring the attacker enough to then run to safety

"Your going to be in for the fight of your life that's when you really have to give it to them and you will probably be able to get away," Lembke said.

Black belt Kim Taberski said it not only builds your defensive skill but also your confidence.

"If something does happen and you can defend yourself its really and awesome feeling especially if you are with somebody who cant defend themselves," Taberski said.

Taberski said as you defend yourself, using the self-defense moves, you also want to do a few more things to be sure that authorities catch person after you get away.

"If you ever are attacked you want to remember as much as you can. Typically you are going to start to scratch, that's a woman's reaction and you want to get as much DNA under fingernails as possible," Taberski said.

Lembke and Taberski said there are ways to avoid an attack all together. They said always be aware of your surroundings, travel in groups and radiate confidence. If all else fails, using his techniques could save your life.