The anatomy of self-defense

Pamela Sparks Stein, April D. Richardson, Sandra D. Challman

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The following study describes a creative application of anatomical principles in the instruction of self-defense. Undergraduates at the University of Kentucky were invited to a special lecture that featured a series of self-defense moves introduced by a local police officer. Following a demonstration of each self-defense tactic, the students were briefed on the anatomy of both the victim and the assailant that contributed to the overall effectiveness of each move. This approach was unique in that students learned critical knowledge of self-defense while reinforcing anatomical principles previously introduced in class. Moreover, this integration of topics prompted students to think about their response to potentially dangerous situations on campus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-132
Number of pages3
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008


  • Anatomy education
  • Gross anatomy
  • Self-defense

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Embryology


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