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    Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

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    LONDON — Walking down London streets, women abusers might mistaken Mahmuda Mazid for an easy prey. They should think twice because the 31-year-old mother is one of many Muslim women seeking self-defense in martial arts.
    "In the classes I saw protection and self defense. That's what I needed," hijab-clad Mazid told Reuters on Thursday, May 3.

    Like several veiled women who gather in a community centre in east London every week, she is learning how to defend herself through the ancient Japanese recipe for self-defense.

    Mazid joined the classes, named Ninjapi after old Japanese Ninja warriors, after a gang tried to rob her teenage brother while she stood watching in a local park.

    "There was this sheer feeling of helplessness that I couldn't help myself or my brother... and there was absolute rage," she recalled.

    "I knew I had to do something to equip myself."

    The course, organized by the Islamic Circles organization, aims to give women the tools to protect themselves from different kinds of attacks.

    During the classes, over 30 Muslim women learn how to perform proper strikes and punches whenever needed.

    "The ladies love the Ninjabi thing. It gives them a good giggle," said trainer Dee Terry, who also teaches Judo, Jujitsu and Kickboxing.

    She believes that the women's Islamic dressing neither hinders their learning nor makes them any easier target for attackers.

    "An attacker can pull your headscarf but they can also pull your hair, so Islamic clothes don't make that much of a difference."

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    Organizers insist the classes were a must given the recent surge in racist attacks targeting Muslim women.

    "We had heard of increasing Islamophobia and other sorts of attacks on Muslim women," said Mizan Raja, a coordinator of the London-based Islamic Circles.

    "Women were coming and asking for self-defense classes. It was a need."

    Raja added that the Ninjapi courses are becoming popular.

    "We could fill a class a day. It's totally oversubscribed," she said.

    "It's about empowering Muslim women... We could do it throughout the country."

    Attacks on Muslims in London, and across Britain, soared in the days after the 7/7 attacks in 2005.

    Figures collated by London's Metropolitan Police, and presented in a report by the Muslim Safety Forum, showed 303 attacks in London in July 2005, up from 82 the previous month.

    The attacks ranged from verbal abuse and vandalism of mosques to physical attacks, said Azad Ali, chairman of the forum.

    He believes the real number is likely much higher due to the lack of agreed-upon criteria among the country's police forces for what constitutes an Islamophobic attack.

    British Muslims, estimated at nearly two million, have been in the eye of storm since the 7/7 attacks, which killed 56 people, including four British Muslim bombers.

    A Guardian/ICM poll has showed that one in five of those interviewed said they or a family member have faced abuse or hostility.

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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    excellent!
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    Good for them!!! Every woman should know how to protect herself and her family if the need arises. I have never taken a self defense "class" so to speak. But while growing up my dad would go out it in the yard with me and teach me how to fight. I must say, the things he taught me have gotten me out of a few.....erm........ sticky situations!!!
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    I think most of Malaysian girls know martial arts.... Malaysian students have to learn it at school
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    I think all types excercise is good for men and women (women especially), some women within the Pakistani community in particular have lifystyles which involve not a lot of excercise at all and this can become seriously unhealthy.
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    As for self-defence I doubt it will help that much.
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja



    Whats the use of self defence? Someone attacks you...just hit them where it hurts most

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    ^lol ^
    no Mashallah self-defence is a good idea, specially for women
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    specially for women
    We aint weak

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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    brotha cud u plz jusitify by "specially for women"...

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    ^lol i know, i think i'm weaker than most women but i was speaking generally as i think women are more vulerable to attacks in the sreets than men

    Hope i haven't offended you sisters
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    Quote Originally Posted by DeSi_MuSlImAh View Post
    brotha cud u plz jusitify by "specially for women"...
    Allah made men stronger by nature and a woman is seen as the weaker target by thugs than a guy. So it's more important for women to take self-defense that they may be able to use it if need arises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah2907 View Post


    ^lol i know, i think i'm weaker than most women but i was speaking generally as i think women are more vulerable to attacks in the sreets than men

    Hope i haven't offended you sisters
    LOL, I am not offended at least!!! You are right. The average woman is weaker than the average man. Because of this, we are an easier target. Self defense is something that everyone (yes even men) need to know. A few basic skills and moves can mean the difference in getting away or not.

    To all my sisters: Beating up a guy isn't the goal of self defense. The goal is creating an opening that will let you get away and run!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    Quote Originally Posted by tomtomsmom View Post
    LOL, I am not offended at least!!! You are right. The average woman is weaker than the average man. Because of this, we are an easier target. Self defense is something that everyone (yes even men) need to know. A few basic skills and moves can mean the difference in getting away or not.

    To all my sisters: Beating up a guy isn't the goal of self defense. The goal is creating an opening that will let you get away and run!!!!!!!!
    Seems as if you've been to a lesson or two. I think the best use of martial arts is the excercise because every women has the alarm system thing in case of attack. Speaking of exercise I know a lot of aunties walk around in big group with their trainers on, I think it's called power waling but it's good to see the community getting active.
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    NEAT! I wouldnt mind joining I WAS going to join a kick boxing class once lol.
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    Excellent! I'd always fancied learning martial arts, especially cuz I got oriental looks. So I kinda got to be able to play the part as well.

    Anyway, seriously though, I think all women should learn self-defence, muslim or not. Jazzy, I wanna learn kick-boxing too! Let's go for it girl! I keep telling my bro to hook up a punch-bag in my bedroom.

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    Well, I think it is good idea to do that but be careful do not mixing with blokes! in the martial arts class..that would lead to fitnah! May Allah Ta'ala forgive us..Ameen

    But I would LOVE to see there any classes who can have only FEMALES martial arts class!



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    Jazzy, I wanna learn kick-boxing too! Let's go for it girl! I keep telling my bro to hook up a punch-bag in my bedroom.
    ^^ Yea let's go! lol
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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    Quote Originally Posted by RighteousLady View Post


    Well, I think it is good idea to do that but be careful do not mixing with blokes! in the martial arts class..that would lead to fitnah! May Allah Ta'ala forgive us..Ameen

    But I would LOVE to see there any classes who can have only FEMALES martial arts class!



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    No way! I wouldn't dream of joining a mixed class. I wish we had classes for females around here too. But haven't heard of any so far.

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    Re: Vulnerable UK Muslim Women Go Ninja

    Quote Originally Posted by Muslimah_Sis View Post
    No way! I wouldn't dream of joining a mixed class. I wish we had classes for females around here too. But haven't heard of any so far.


    I know that you wont going to do this with a mixed class!

    Be patient, there will be one day by new class for only females, InshAllah!



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