Tourists all over the world are especially susceptible to robbery, but while a selfie stick with an expensive phone attached to it might make them stick out like a sore thumb, it could now be used to protect them.
A Moscow-based martial arts school started offering self-defense classes combining traditional fighting methods with selfie sticks.
The new “art” is called ‘MPD fight’ (monopod fight) and apparently it’s already a global trend.
Instructors at the M-Profi martial arts center have started training people to use the infamous sticks for more than just profile photos, and strangely enough there’s quite a demand for the classes.
The center’s spokesperson Daria Lapshina explained the demand stating that tourist attacks have become common in many countries and that the only means of self-defense they always have with them is the selfie stick.
Following the demand for such a course from travel buffs, the center began looking into the matter and was surprised by what it had found.
“We found out that a new trend in self-defense is taking place around the world. It is currently called ‘MPD-Fight,’ short for ‘monopod fight,’” Lapshina told the M24 television channel.
The gist of the selfie stick martial arts can be taught in just 15 minutes, according to the instructors, so I assume students should be certified selfie-ninjas by the end of the 5-session long course.
Upon successfully completed the course you should be able to defend yourself against “the representatives of all kinds of martial arts – boxing, wrestling, MMA, and others”, but I’d advise against putting that statement to the test.
The big question is this – should a person be attacked and use the newly acquired technique on his attacker, can he say it was done in selfie-defense?