Selfie sticks are officially ‘weapons’ as new martial arts classes teach you how to fightwith them

Learning how to fight with the popular picture-taking device could help tourists fend off potential pickpockets according to the class organisersSharesCommentsCommentsVideo loadingForget ninja stars or nunchakus as the martial arts weapons of choice because a new deadly device has enteredthe game -the selfie stick.Unlike other martial arts weapons, the selfie stick is completely legal and can evenbe carried on aeroplanes according to organisers of a new martial arts course.The organisers say they particularly want to offer”Monopod Fighting” to tourists and people who travel widely as the sight of anexpensive smartphoneon the end of the stick is often a lure for thieves.Managers at the martial arts centre M-PROFI, which is located in the Russian capital Moscow, say the course has been packed out every lesson since it started.CENSelfie stick: This is how you defend yourself if a thief likes the look of your cameraSpokesperson Daria Lapshina said: “Unfortunately very often a selfie-stick is the only weapon a tourist has when travelling abroad, and it has the advantage of often being at hand.”A pepper spray or a stun gun in the handbag might also be effective, but by the time you’ve dug them out it will already be too late. A selfie stick on the other hand can beused instantly.”CENPinned down: The classes hope to teach tourists how to protect themselves against potential phone thievesThe course includes five classes and trainers say that the basics of monopod fighting can be passed on in just 15 minutes.Read more:Who’s smiling now? Thieves snatch phones from tourists’ selfie sticksThe organisers offer advice onwhich sticks are the best, suggesting that a solid metal design is the most effective.CENLegal weapon: Unlike some martial arts weapons, the humble selfie stick is completely legalMonopod fighting combines elements of Thai boxing, mixed martial arts and the personal experience of the organisers.The organiser added: “It presents many challenges because if you have a selfie stick in your hand, and an expensive mobile phone on the end of it, it might achieve the desired effect to beat the attacker with the phone end, but you smash the phone.”We teach people to use the handles if the selfie stick has aphone attached, and it is a very effective defensive weapon.”

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