You didn't think Amanda Knox would be able to simply enjoy her freedom after spending four years in prison, now did you? Oh, no, no, no. Not only has the 24-year-old endured non-stop scrutiny and surveillance since she's been released from prison, she's also been receiving lots of hate mail and death threats. I can't say I'm all that surprised, but still, it's pretty terrible.
Amanda's a tough cookie, though. (Obviously.) And she's not taking the threats lightly. She's protecting herself in a kind of old-school, bad-ass way: She's taking self-defense classes.
Knox was recently seen at a Seattle gym taking Krav Maga classes with her sister Deanna. Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga is a combination of boxing, wrestling, and martial arts that focuses on disarming and disabling an attacker. An unnamed source told The Sun, "She feels safer knowing she can fight back if she has to." Personally, I'm all for Knox taking Krav Maga. God forbid anyone should try to attack her, she'll be able to fight back. And probably take them down.
As a blogger, I've received my fair share of hate mail -- never death threats (knock wood) -- but scary, kind of inappropriate hate mail that's occasionally made me look over my shoulder when walking by myself at night. Let me tell you, it's not a fun way to live your life. Judging from the kind of mail I, as someone who writes about things as controversial as Jennifer Aniston and Kate Middleton, have gotten, I can't imagine the kind of stuff Amanda is getting.
Even if she's never forced to use self-defense, I think it's a good idea that she knows it. Perhaps it'll act as a deterrent for people, but more importantly, I'm sure both she and her family will feel better knowing that, if need be, she can kick some ass.
Have you ever taken a self-defense class?
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