‘I basically beat the crap out of him’: Melbourne karate expert turns the tables on violent attacker
May 18, 2015: A young karate expert has turned the tables on a thug who tried to sexually assault her in south-east Melbourne.
A young Melbourne woman has credited years of martial arts training for saving her life from a man who tried to sexually assault her.
Taela Davis was enjoying an afternoon walk on May 9 when she was attacked from behind and punched in the head in Skye, south east of Melbourne.
“He then proceeded to try and take my top off, at that moment I thought ‘nah, this isn’t going to happen, I’m not going to go down without a fight’,” she said.
“So I punched him in the face as fast as I could then he started bleeding.”
The former karate champion said she did not let her injuries weaken her focus and defended herself the only way she knew how.
Ms Davis suffered a number of injuries after being attacked from behind. (9NEWS)
“I continued to knee him in the groin and the ribs, and then I head-butted him,” she said.
A stranger heard Ms Davis’ screams for help and came to her aid, scaring off the attacker.
Ms Davis’ mother Tracee Hall-Davis said it was 15 years of martial arts training that ultimately got her out of trouble.
Her karate instructor said he was also proud of his student for standing up for herself.
“It’s incredible, I’m very proud of her and I’m actually proud of myself, what I teach actually came out,” Sensai Ennio Anselmi said.
Ms Davis and Ms Hall-Davis said they encourage all women to take up self-defence classes so they can defend themselves in dangerous situations.
“You shouldn’t judge a book by its front cover, because I basically beat the crap out of him,” Ms Davis said.
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