My friend is a sweet, intelligent, good hearted woman. She practices Cardio Capoeira in Germany. She is also a Afro-Deutsch Muslim from Namibia, living in Neo Nazi and Old Skool Nazi East Germany. That is the worst combo you can have in Germany, because she receives all the major flavors of hate. Racial hatred [ Afrikan ], chauvinism [ female ], religious bigotry [ Muslim ], national prejudice [ Namibia, Afrika ].
She tells me that Muslims are heavily persecuted with increasing ferocity and frequency in Germany, and worse...White Skinned Muslims are oftentimes racist toward dark and/or Afrikan Muslims. To compound the matter? She says that the "authorities" in her burg routinely ignore racist attacks upon her people...an assertion backed by studies and facts.
She doesn't want to fight and hurt anyone, but she does want to know...right now...how to evade and how to escape those meaning her harm.
She told me once that the deciding incident that propelled her to seek out videos and instruction like mine was she was seated on a train, when she was accosted by 3 young, angry White male Germans.
She was verbally accosted by 2 boys, she didn't know there was a third of their group until after he snuck up behind her, and started to apply a carotid choke on her. She screamed and flailed and tried to fight back, so he began punching her about the head and face. The boys leaped off at the next stop in order to escape the unwanted attention that she brought to them.
Worried and afraid, she asked her Cardio Capoeira Mestre what she should do. Her Mestre said...run away and call the police. She asked how she could run away when her opponents have her encircled, and they're choking and punching her. Her Cardio Capoeira Mestre was very sympathetic and worried for her, and told her to... run away and alert the authorities.
She was astounded. "He didn't show me any moves, any techniques to get away. He didn't teach me anything! I mean...NOTHING!" Her voice was filled with indignation so clear and powerful, that it turned heads at my house in Long Beach. The power of her emotion was palpable, even over the WhatsApp line bearing our communication. "And I told him that many police here do not help when a foreigner or person of color asks them to help. And he just said? "Run away and find a police officer who isn't racist.' How can I tell which police officer is racist or not, just by looking at him?"
"So I asked around to find out what to do. There was no one who knew anything. And I had to ride that train to go to work every day. But praise Allah, I saw your Channel. And you showed me what to do."
I showed her how to escape being choked and punched...from behind...even when in a seated position: