The Xbox Kinect Can Teach You How To Kick A Mugger In The Groin

Would you trust a video game to teach you how to get out of a choke hold and fend off a mugger?

Self Defense Training Camp is a new Kinect controlled fitness game for the Xbox 360 that is designed to teach you to defend yourself. I was sceptical that it could work. The Kinect tracks your movements, but is this kind of thing really useful? (Watch the video above to find out.)

By familiarising yourself with different moves and following the course work outs you may be able to learn a thing or two. But there's a catch. Self Defense Training Camp isn't strict. If you don't take it seriously, (and I imagine it's hard to do that) the only thing you will learn is how little the Kinect actually matters to the game play. More often then not, I could five-star a class by swaying back and forth instead of doing the moves. You will, however, never forget to kick bad people in the groin.


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    A young lady's illustrated primer? One can only hope.

    To be fair, the first lesson every martial arts class (for defensive arts, not competitive sports) is kick your attacker in the groin, and run away. Or variations on this theme, such as kick him in the groin, knock him on his butt, then run away. And, speaking with over ten years martial arts experience, it is the simplest and most effective form of self defence against a non-trained attacker. In that light, it's not really surprising it's so emphasised.

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