IN PICS | Meet the Durban women 'kicking' GBV's butt — literally

Master Dumisani ‘Fox’ Dlamini is teaching women martial arts and self-defence

12 November 2020 - 14:57 By Sandile Ndlovu
Master Dlamini trains his female class on how to protect themselves against gender-based violence at Black Fox Martial Arts.
Master Dlamini trains his female class on how to protect themselves against gender-based violence at Black Fox Martial Arts.
Image: Sandile Ndlovu

Durban women are learning to kick gender-based violence's ass, literally.

Driven by the horrific plight that women in SA face — a woman is killed every three hours in the country, on average — Black Fox Martial Arts has launched a preventive and response programme to help women and address the root of the epidemic.

Master Dumisani “Fox” Dlamini, 63, launched the class recently, teaching women martial arts and self-defence tactics.

Now, about 25 women attend the sessions, where they’re mentally and physically trained. As they listen to instructions from the master, accompanying music plays in the background. They are taught that empowered women are physically capable, just like men.

Their physical training concentrates on a man's weakest points that a woman should target when under threat.

“The point of our self-defence initiative is to help the victim escape or stun the abuser in life-threatening situations, long enough to flee or call law enforcement. We teach self-defence tactics that use your own body mechanics, effective against an attacker of any size or strength”, said Dlamini.

At Black Fox Martial Arts, Lomso Mgeyi reacts after he is kicked by Noluthando Dlamini,19, in his 'sensitive part' - one of the tactics which women could use to defend themselves against gender-based violence.
At Black Fox Martial Arts, Lomso Mgeyi reacts after he is kicked by Noluthando Dlamini,19, in his 'sensitive part' - one of the tactics which women could use to defend themselves against gender-based violence.
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Nozipho Chiliza, 29, sharpens her self-defence tactics in a practice exercise with Shante Bekwe, 50.
Nozipho Chiliza, 29, sharpens her self-defence tactics in a practice exercise with Shante Bekwe, 50.
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Master Dlamini trains his female class on how to protect themselves against gender-based violence.
Master Dlamini trains his female class on how to protect themselves against gender-based violence.
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Thandeka Dlamini sharpens her skills to defend herself when under threat.
Thandeka Dlamini sharpens her skills to defend herself when under threat.
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Master Dlamini with Yonela Booi, 14, Noluthando Dlamini, 19, and Puleng Ndlovu, 33.
Master Dlamini with Yonela Booi, 14, Noluthando Dlamini, 19, and Puleng Ndlovu, 33.
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Master Dlamini gives his female class members instructions to protect themselves against GBV.
Master Dlamini gives his female class members instructions to protect themselves against GBV.
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Thembeka Mthalane, 36, Noluthando Dlamini, 19, and Nozipho Chiliza, 29, during straight sword practice.
Thembeka Mthalane, 36, Noluthando Dlamini, 19, and Nozipho Chiliza, 29, during straight sword practice.
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Lomso Mgeyi reacts after a blow by Noluthando Dlamini.
Lomso Mgeyi reacts after a blow by Noluthando Dlamini.
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