Selfie sticks are useful for more than just taking pictures of yourself. A Russian martial arts center is now offering selfie-stick-based self-defense lessons for tourists.
Daria Lapshina, a representative from the Moscow martial arts center M-Profi, tells Russian broadcaster M24 (Russian) that wielding a selfie stick can call the attention of nearby robbers, and make tourists the targets of theft. M-Profi plans to help them, with new kind of self-defense called “mpd-fight,” or “monopod-fight.”
M-Profi claims that “monopod-fight” can effectively deter attackers wielding boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts moves. The BBC reports that the technique can be learned in just five lessons.