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Self-defence for persons with visual disabilities

Title in English Self-defence for people with visual impairment


Year of publication 2014
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Description This paper is a first step of specific self-defence method evaluation. We check the mental condition of disable people before the course, which is the starting point for the creation of a methodology of self-defence course, which we subsequently evaluate. We use the questionnaire to determine the degree of self-confidence in self-defence situations such as verbal conflict, physical assault and in the case of prevention. The questionnaire survey was attended by 9 persons (5 sightless, 4 short sighted). They were given some statements in each section of the questionnaire, with which they agree or not in the scale from 1 to 6. Most of the tested subjects stay alert during common situations, but they do not feel confident in their reaction on verbal or physical attack. All of the tested subjects are really scared of given situations. In stressful situations a person usually uses Observe-Orient-Decide-Act loop. Regarding visual disabilities, the person is not able to check what he or she can hear by visual stimulus. This can produce fear from the unknown. The fear is contra-productive to optimal defence solution. A self-defence course for people with visual disabilities should be focused on the early recognition of coming, verbal defence training and usage of physical contact.

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