MOSCOW (Web Desk) – With more and more people following the selfie-stick trend, a self-defense sports school in Russia has come up with a unique combat class where students learn to use the stick as a weapon.
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“In many countries, assaults on tourists have become a frequent occurrence, and the only instrument of self-defense that travelers always carry on themselves is a selfie-stick,” the M-PROFI sports center said in an online statement.
According to the Moscow Times, clicking photographs on an expensive smartphone attached to the end of a stick can easily mark a person out as a tourist, making them a vulnerable target for robberies.
In such cases, it only makes sense to wield the tool for self-protection.
The self-defense classes are supported by a group known as the ‘Association of Safe Selfies’, the Oddity Central reports.
“It’s time for the selfie-stick to be used for a purpose other than to take photographs,” the group’s president said, adding that self-defense methods using the tool have actually become a worldwide trend called ‘mpd-fight’, short for monopod-fight.
Becoming a proficient mpd fighter only takes five training sessions, and according to an M-POFI spokesperson, the self(ie)-defense art can be very efficient in fighting off practitioners of boxers, wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Unfortunately, mpd-fighters might not be able to use their skills in public places where selfie sticks are banned, like Disney parks and football stadiums in the United States.