Debunking Moxie-Up

Moxie-Up is a women’s self defense program, which was put together by a female martial artist here in the Phoenix area. I only became aware of it at the tail end of 2012, but this program has been advertised and promoted by the local news for a few years before that. They have taught the program to hundreds (if not thousands) of women in that time. That is, quite frankly, terrifying. As you can see in the video, above, this program teaches women that, if they are grabbed by a man, they should drop to the ground and kick up at him. Their rationale for this is that the legs are the strongest part of their body, and so they are the best weapon against a larger, stronger attacker. There have been different demonstration videos over the years that show the man grabbing slightly differently, or the woman not propping herself up on her hands, but the theme is always the same–drop to the floor and kick!

I will admit that no technique is perfect–there is a flaw and a counter to everything–but this is downright foolish. You can spend 10 minutes watching online videos of fights, and see that untrained men can figure out how to go around a fallen opponent’s legs, or push them aside, or simply stomp on their victim. In the case of sexual assault, the man might very well just follow the woman to the ground, since that puts him right where he wants to be, anyway. She has put herself in a position where it is easy for attacker to dominate the situation, she has limited herself to using kicks (weak ones, at that), and she has made it more difficult and time-consuming to run away. To my way of thinking, this very tactically unsound! You should always try to stay on your feet, where all of your tools are available and you are mobile. In the video above, which I recorded in late 2012, and only just now got around to putting together, you can see me illustrate a few of the problems with the Moxie-Up strategy. I also included a quick look at the things you could be working on, instead, that would be a much better idea.

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About Noah

I began training in karate (Shuri-Ryu) in the Summer of 2006. Subsequently, I started training in judo, kobudo, and iaijutsu within the next 6 months. During my training there, I earned the rank of Sankyu (3rd Degree Brown Belt) in Shuri-Ryu, Gokyu (Green Belt) in judo, a certification in the use of the bo, and passed proficiency tests for the four tachigata of Shinkage-Ryu iaijutsu. I moved to Arizona in the Summer of 2008, and continued training and researching karate at home. I continued regular training in judo at a local club until 2010, when I was able to start training in Shorin-Ryu with Sensei Richard Poage. I have been training with him ever since, and currently hold the rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Shorin-Ryu under him. In addition, I began studying KishimotoDi under Sensei Ulf Karlsson in 2014.