The old adage that suggests the “best defence is a good offence” is a strategic principle that applies to everything — from sports to military combat. It also applies to self-defence. For teenagers who are concerned about protecting themselves, Renata Kecskes offers an opportunity at Camana Bay to learn a good offence in their own defence.
Every Monday in August at CrossFit Cayman, Renata led classes teaching the C.O.B.R.A. — Combat Objective Battle Ready Application — system of self-defence. Renata, a certified C.O.B.R.A. self-defence instructor and a member of the International Bodyguard Federation, specialises in offering classes that teach the protection of women and children.
“The C.O.B.R.A. self-defence program has been created from years of real-life experience and training in the areas of law enforcement and corrections,” she says. “It is a martial arts and reality-based form of hand-to-hand combat.”
The Teen Safe programme is designed to increase teenagers’ options should they find themselves in a dangerous situation. The programme focuses on theory, hand-to-hand combat, defensive techniques and counter-attacking techniques such as punches, kicks and a choke-hold release. Renata believes one of the biggest weapons is self-confidence because attackers usually look for people who are more vulnerable.
Renata says teens need to be trained differently from the way adults are trained because kids tend to be more naïve and less aware of their surroundings. In addition, because teens are generally smaller in size, they are easier for an attacker to physically move.
“There are three forms of self-defence: mental, verbal and physical,” she says. “You should be in the mindset to act; you should always acknowledge and confront someone who makes you feel uncomfortable; and you should act as though they are in your personal space.” C.O.B.R.A. 345 — which is what she calls the Cayman Islands programme — offers several classes on a regular basis: a foundation class, a four-week self-defence academy and the Teen Safe programme.
In Renata’s classes, she doesn’t separate men and women, because an attacker can be any shape, size or gender. By training men and women together, she says they will have a better understanding of what it feels like to be grabbed by a man or a woman, and how to defend themselves in that situation.
“My mission is to empower, educate and create a community of strong men and women.”
The C.O.B.R.A. 345 classes cover topics like social media safety, assertiveness training, anti-abduction defence, traffic and parking lot safety, social life and safety and self-defence training.
For information about private, group or corporate self-defence sessions, contact Renata at Crossfit Cayman or email her: at [email protected]