– When I work on a street
in SoHo that someone got attacked on, it scares the shit out of me. (background noise drowns out other sounds) – [Man’s Voice] Self defense? – I know, but I don’t like that. – Yeah, I never did like
fighting, but recently I’m kind of thinking I should probably learn
to defend myself because in the last four years, LGBT hate
crimes have soared by 144% and that is in the UK alone. Sure, some heteros will have you believe that everything is A-OK. That’s nice, but the reality
of being queer in 2019 is a completely different story. It ain’t easy. – A homophobic attack on a
London bus that left a lesbian couple in hospital with horrific injuries. – They grabbed hold of me, got
me in a headlock to the point I couldn’t breathe. – And then I’ve been nearly
attacked with a bottle. – Two out of three LGBT
feel too uncomfortable to hold hands in public. One in five LGBT people have
been a victim of a hate crime. Out of those, four in five go unreported. And the situation is even
worse for queer people of color or members of the trans
community, with two in five of them experiencing a hate
crime because of who they are. But get this; in London,
there is a martial arts group run by queer people designed
to teach members of the community how to defend themself
in the event of an attack. So, I gathered a few of my
favorite queers and we headed on down to learn some…
Is that how I do it? Jiu jitsu self defense. – [Riyadh] The Ishigaki Jiu
Jitsu Club have a meeting every week for the past 25 years. Not only is it about self defense, it’s also a social gathering. Ronan Winters has been part
of the group for 12 years. He’s a black belt and has
taken us on for a very, very basic level of self-defense. Now, listen up. In this next bit, we’re going
to give you a step by step guide on some pretty
basic self-defense moves. Remember, these are not to
be used to intentionally hurt anybody, it is just
to protect yourself in the event of an attack. Also, in there are some pretty
heartfelt stories of some really difficult situations
that my friends have been put in because of homophobic
or transphobic attacks. – We’re going to do some
really short, quick stuff you can do that just makes them
back off so you can run. So I’m going to grab you. – Okay. – Come under my hand. – Yeah. – And flip it over. This time, you’re going to
push his wrist slowly up and lean into it, like that. – [Riyadh] My friend Jack
is unapologetically himself. He wears his heart and his
identity on his sleeve. In the past, he’s been
the victim of a violent homophobic attack. – I was on the way home from
some kind of LGBTQ event, and there was a glitter station
and so I got decked out. I passed by these three guys,
they were probably just late teenagers and they asked
me for a cigarette. As I was close enough to say
no, they saw the stuff that was on my face and started talking about that. I just kept on walking and
then they kept on following me. I eventually started kind of
properly jogging away and then eventually running. They chased me down, they
pushed me to the ground, they kicked me and spat on me
and called me a faggot. They didn’t take any money,
they didn’t take my phone, they didn’t mug me, they
literally just lashed out in a homophobic way. It was weird, I wasn’t
surprised by the attack, it was almost like I’ve been waiting
for something like this to happen to me because
I was wearing nail polish or wearing glitter or something like that. (soft background music) – So we’re going to start the same way. This time, you’re going to
take your free hand and pretend you’re holding up a tray of drinks. You should be familiar
with this, holding a tray. You’re going to bring the
tray under his elbow, push his elbow up, and then
push his elbow down. (background noises) – Yes! (laughs) – Ooh! – That’s (mumbles) now. No one will want to mess with us. Come at me, I know one move. (soft techno music) – There are some times that
I think, “Oh, I shouldn’t be holding my boyfriend’s hand
in this area of London.” Just because of the stories
I’ve heard of people that I know getting hurt, but I just think
it’s just really important to have visibility, so I’m
going to continue to hold my boyfriend’s hand, and
that’s why I wanted to join something like this, because
if anything did happen, I just wanted to be prepared. – You’ve all very
successfully got to here. But, we want to now try to
kind of lock them down in it. We’re going to do a very basic lock. You’ve made this sort of
triangle here, and what you’re going to do is walk into this
triangle so you’re leaning against his side facing
the same way as him. Gently press down on the
shoulder and then straighten the arm up, like that. – We all signed waivers. – Yeah, you’re fine. (laughs) – You can’t sue me, can you? – No. – Okay. Get ready for this then. (laughter) (background noises) – And then, like that. Really good. – Was that all right? – That was good. – Yeah, okay. This is my gorgeous nonbinary
friend Jamie, a journalist and editor living and working in London. Now as you can see, their look
is stunning but also unusual, and because of that, they’ve
been a target in the past. – The most prominent one was last summer. A group of about three men
came over and I was in a long maxi dress, and they just bent
down and put their torso up. One of them just went up and
was like what’s under here? It’s things like that that
always are on the verge of happening but I never know
if they’re going to happen. When it does happen, you
do kind of get shook. – I’ve had bottles of
urine thrown at me before. – Because you’re gay? – Yes. People in drag,
people who are just out and expressing themselves put
themselves at risk, put themselves out there, so it’s
really important to be able to feel confident about that. I feel more confident knowing
that I can handle myself. – Right. – There you go – one, two,
three brings them forward. Change your hands, four. Use the same hand, grab his hand here. Like that, you’re going
to use that in a minute. – Okay. – Note to self: do not bring
your cutie boyfriends along to a self-defense class
because he will distract you. (laughter) (background noises) Aw, I’m too distracted
by how beautiful you are. – Oh, shut up. – Aww, I love you. We’ve turned into that couple
that makeout in the middle of the karate class, sorry
jiu-jitsu, jiu-jitsu. (soft music) – Someone grabs you, you grab them back. Way to do this is you
bring two fingers together, over each other and bend them slightly. What you’re going to do is
push that into the neck, the little soft bit here, push
it in and then you push down. (groans) Like that. (coughing) (laughter) Come on, you can do it. (yelling) – Terrible, oh I hate it! – Like you mean it, you have
to just push in and push down. – Oh, my God! How is he doing that? – You’re not doing it. You’re getting there. – Oh my God, I can’t do it. That’s– You’re very good. Wow. – Someone’s grabbed you,
you’re going to just relax both hands here on the crook
of their elbow and you’re going to… What it looks like
you’re doing is pushing the elbow down but you’re not. You’re going to bring the elbow
into your stomach like that. And when you feel the elbow
attached to your stomach, walk back with it like that. (background noises) – Yeah, that works. – Good, good, good. Nice. Really good. – Finished, done, over,
caput, bye-bye homophobe. You hear the whisperings
off in the corner and you’re great at just going, “Don’t
care, I’m moving on.” – Because I’m fabulous. – Yeah, but I find it really
hard because I see it as a very personal attack, and the love… – Yeah. – …that we have, and the
connection that we have, and it’s so hard to let
this horrible stranger in on your little gorgeous
world that you’ve created. Look, I have lost count of
the amount of times that I’ve been called a faggot in the
street, and other words. It’s never led to a physical
attack, but for me in my head, it’s a matter of not if, but when. What street corner is
it going to happen on? Is it going to happen
when Josh is by my side? How bad will it be? Those are real fears and
thoughts that go through my head, and probably millions of
queer people around the world. Thankfully though, doing
this class with my friends has made me feel a little
bit more in control. I am back in the driving
seat and in the event of it, I can hopefully flip it on
it’s head and get out of there. The details for Ishigaki are down below. If you’ve had an experience
like this, I would say go to this class or go to a class
like it and maybe it might make you feel more confident and
it might boost your social confidence in some shape or form. Be safe out there. Remember, it is great and
it is a gift to be LGBTQ+. It’s a special, special thing. Thank you so much for watching. Please share the video, like,
subscribe, all that good stuff and I’ll see you in the next video. Big love.

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