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A Woman Uses Medieval Combats Skills To Defend Her Home From An Intruder

by Angel Chang
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For most of us, it’s hard to imagine what a home intrusion must feel like — but one thing is for certain: Being defenseless can be very scary.

However, there are some people out there who are always prepared to courageously fend off their intruders, like this 82-year-old grandma who scared off a sneaky burglar.

But of all the home defense stories I’ve come across, nothing tops that of Indiana home owner Karen Dolley, who spoke to the Indianapolis Star about what occurred in her home.

When Karen was shocked by an intruder in the middle of the night, she was prepared — but her intruder definitely wasn’t!

This burglar might have been expecting a defenseless woman, but what he found was quite the opposite…

You see, Karen’s self defense skills are far from ordinary — and very far from modern! As it turns out, Karen is skilled in an art that hasn’t been practiced for nearly 600 years!

Scroll further to read Karen’s full story, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Indiana native, Karen Dolley, 43, was terrified when she heard someone break into her home. Downstairs, she was shocked to hear a man's voice. Scared but clear-headed, Karen crept downstairs to investigate.

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

Karen turned the lights on, saw the intruder standing in her living room, and pounced immediately. She punched him 10 times before cornering him in her bedroom. That's when Karen reached for her sword, which she keeps near her bed...

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

As it turns out, this invader had messed with the wrong woman! Karen was trained in Medieval combat, a skill she acquired at the age of 18.

As it turns out, this invader had messed with the wrong woman! Karen was trained in Medieval combat, a skill she acquired at the age of 18.

She was a long-time member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization that recreates arts and skills from medieval Europe.

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

She was trained to wear armor and engage in sequenced fighting using rattan swords, which were made out of tough palm stems. Karen would often fight against men who towered over her at more than 6 feet.

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

At the start of her training, Karen was hesitant and afraid. Gradually, she learned to move confidently and more aggressively. She had no idea that more than 20 years later, she would use this combat to save her life and defend her home.

At the start of her training, Karen was hesitant and afraid. Gradually, she learned to move confidently and more aggressively. She had no idea that more than 20 years later, she would use this combat to save her life and defend her home.

Karen kept her sword on the intruder — who had crouched in terror in the corner — while she called 911. At one point, the intruder reached for a knife in his pocket, but Karen applied more pressure with her sword and ordered him to stay still.

Karen kept her sword on the intruder — who had crouched in terror in the corner — while she called 911. At one point, the intruder reached for a knife in his pocket, but Karen applied more pressure with her sword and ordered him to stay still.

The intruder turned out to be one Jacob Wessel, 30, who was high on an unknown substance when he broke in. He was later arrested and charged with a Level 6 felony.

The intruder turned out to be one Jacob Wessel, 30, who was high on an unknown substance when he broke in. He was later arrested and charged with a Level 6 felony.

Karen is just glad that she wasn’t forced to extremes to defend herself. “At the end of the day, I’m glad to know that even if I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m not going down without a fight,” she told the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

Dolley is now putting her training to good use as a new recruit with the Naptown Roller Girls, a women’s roller derby league.

Indiana woman defends herself with medieval combat

Self defense experts applaud people like Karen for taking action — but in most cases, they encourage victims of home invasion to run and hide from intruders, then call the police. They don’t recommend using weapons unless victims have undergone regular training.

We commend Karen for her valor and strength in the face of danger!

Please SHARE if you respect strong, brave, and prepared women like Karen!