Master Kim Geary demonstrates Bong defense with Master Rick Fine.
Saved My Sister
by Yolanda Horace
In the Cha Yon Ryu system self-defense and practicals are part of
our training. Even individuals who are not officially in Cha Yon Ryu receive
training and the knowledge. Most of the time they are not even aware of
it until the most critical moment. My sister is not a martial artist,
but she assists me by helping with my practicals and self-defense techniques.
During my practice sessions with her she seems to me not interested, but
I was wrong. My sister was absorbing the training without either one of
us being aware of it.
Two weeks ago my sister was leaving her home with her baby daughter. As
she was strapping my niece in the car seat, a man ran into the driveway.
This carjacker put her in a back chock hold. This happened so fast that
she did not have time to scream She could not breathe and was struggling
to keep her balance. Things were going really fast for her It was not
enough time to really get scared. Her thought was on her daughter's life
and her own. The man was trying to pull her into the car and wrestle her
keys away. My sister felt him grab her other hand and bite deep into her
flesh, he was pushing her body against the car causing her to be in pain.
Since it was unknown to her if he was going to kill her and my niece she
acted from memory of our practice sessions. At that moment my sister started
to use the technique that is required to get out of a chock hold situation.
Grabbing his arm to get breath, she moved her head in the crease of his
arm to breathe, then a jab to the solar plexus made him loosen his hold,
stomping on his foot with her boots, he immediately let go, then she punched
him in the face, he stumbled and ran off into the night. My sister grabbed
her daughter and ran into the house.
By the time she called me she was hysterical crying, screaming, and afraid.
I yelled at her to call the police, stay in the house, and call my brother
to come to her since he was closer. When I arrived there were dozens of
police officers and an ambulance. As I ran from the car the police told
me to calm down and that my sister and niece was all right. One of the
officers said that what my sister did saved her life. I was told that
not many women are aware of self-defense techniques that actually work
or how to get yourself out of dangerous situations without going into
My sister is more aware now of people, places, and situations. Although
she is still a little afraid of going out alone, I can see the confidence
in her starting to grow in other ways. Now she knows she is able to defend
herself, and not be a victim. She comes over almost everyday to watch
me practice and help with my practical self-defense training now. During
that time I try to encourage her to come to our Cha Yon Ryu class and
join. I am not sure if she will join our training now, but when she is
ready I know that she will come ready and willing to train and work hard.
She is learning now by the way she pays closer attention when I practice
with her. I know she is gaining the knowledge of Cha Yon Ryu.