Where there is a will there is a way, as Dernita Muhammed found out after she attended a self defense workshop in town.

She shares here her experience here.

In May, I participated in a four-day self defense workshop organised for women with disabilities by the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia together with National Sports Council, Women WIN and ITAR. The workshop was held at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

This was the first time I had taken part in such an activity as all this while I was living under the belief that people with disabilities had no chance of learning the art of self defense.

Through this workshop, I learned many techniques to defend myself from danger and harm when out in public domain. My favourite, however, is the art of using my leg and my ‘secret’ weapon. I could not believe how by using them I could easily overpower my able-bodied opponent.

In case you are wondering what my ‘secret’ weapon is, let me tell you – I was born without a left hand and elbow. Ironically, it is this flaw of mine that has become my greatest asset to protect myself. This was further stressed by my trainer, Lydia la Riviere Zijdel. Many people think assume that our disability is our weakness but they are wrong, as with Lydia’s help I have now realized and learned.

The workshop has helped me have more confidence in myself.  To Lydia, I miss you  and friends.

 

Lifestyle – Independent Living with Dernita Muhammed

Challenges Magazine Vol1 Issue4, 2008  (Challenges Magazine is a journalism skills training project for persons with disabilities started in 2007)

 

vERSI BAHASA MELAYU

Baru- baru ini saya menyertai bengkel seni mempertahankan diri bagi wanita OKU di Majlis Sukan Negara (MSN), Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.. Ini adalah kali pertama saya menyertai bengkel seperti ini. Selama ini saya beranggapan, golongan OKU tidak mungkin ada peluang untuk belajar seni mempertahankan diri.

Dalam bengkel selama empat hari ini, banyak teknik yang saya pelajari. Teknik yang paling saya gemari, adalah dengan menggunakan kaki dan senjata rahsia saya. Saya tidak sangka saya berupaya menjatuhkan lawan saya yang lebih besar..

Senjata rahsia???
Lupa yang nak beritahu kepada anda semua, saya tiada tangan kiri dari siku. Namun kekurangan anggota inilah boleh di jadikan senjata rahsia untuk saya mempertahankan diri.

Itu adalah kata – kata perangsang pengajar saya di bengkel tersebut, Lydia (Lydia la Riviere Zijdel) . Ini di sebabkan ramai yang berpendapat kekurangan kita adalah kelemahan kita, namun ianya merupakan tanggapan yang salah.

Kini saya lebih yakin pada diri saya.

Rindu pada Lydia dan pembantu beliau dan rakan-rakan yang menyertai bengkel tersebut