Russian Martial Arts School Will Turn You Into A Selfie Ninja

Nov 18, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Russian Martial Arts School Will Turn You Into A Selfie Ninja

Nov 18, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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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.

Ynet adds that the classes are supported by a group called the ‘Safe Selfie Union’, which I’m guessing is related to the ‘Safe Selfie’ campaign Russian authorities launched earlier this year.

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?

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[via ynet | Lead image based on a photo by Andrés Álvarez Iglesias]

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One response to “Russian Martial Arts School Will Turn You Into A Selfie Ninja”

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    Arthur_P_Dent

    I had this same thought years ago, when I was walking away from a night photography shoot and an aggressive panhandler started following me, my girlfriend and my roommate. I decided if he didn’t back off, I was going to use my tripod as a weapon. Fortunately, I didn’t have to put it to the test, but I was ready.