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Martial art skills helped woman escape from Cheltenham attack

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

Martial art skills helped woman escape from Cheltenham attack

Martial art skills helped woman escape from Cheltenham attack

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A woman who was punched as she fought off a man trying to sexually assault her said martial arts training came to her rescue.

And while she was able to get away from the man who attacked her in Queen's Road in Cheltenham, she fears others might not be so fortunate. The woman in her mid-20s was walking on the street at about 2.30am on Sunday morning when she was attacked.

She said: "I'd been out for a night with friends in Cheltenham and was on my way home. I was crossing Queen's Road when the man just came at me from nowhere. He approached me from the front – I didn't see him until the last moment so I suppose he must have been in the shadows somewhere."

As the man made to grab the young woman she managed to fight him off when he punched her in the face before she was able to run away.

The woman, who has the legal right to anonymity said: "I have had some martial arts training, so I have some techniques to be able to defend myself in this situation. I just ran away after he hit me and he legged it in the other direction. I found some help and called the police straight away.

"Then I was angry, I just felt 'how dare he try and do this to me?'"

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