A group of older women living in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya, some as old as 85, have begun learning martial arts in order to fend off rapists who target the elderly because of a belief that they are less likely to have HIV.
“If he goes to that woman, [he assumes] she is not sexually active,” explained Jane, 55. Jane says she’s already had to use her new skills to fend off an attacker. “He touched my neck, and then I boxed him, and another one, and another one,” she recalled. “They can’t touch me.”
Jane and 19 other women meet every week for self-defense classes in which they learn what is believed to be Shorin Ryu style karate. The more women who take the classes, Jane says, the less chance the would-be rapists will stand. “Three women like me can stand up to five attackers,” she says.
Watch video of the karate grannies below.
Meet Kenya's karate grannies. They fight off sexual predators in the slums of Nairobi. pic.twitter.com/6YeB99ISYd
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