Woman Uses Medieval Combat Skills Against Intruder

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I’m a lover of all things medieval. I enjoy attending the local Renaissance Festival, watching shows like Game of Thrones, Merlin, and Reign. I’ve even drugged my family along for dinner at Medieval Times a few summer vacations back. So when I heard about an Indianapolis woman who fought off an intruder with a sword I was a bit tickled, and relieved that things ended well.

Karen Dolley, 43, awoke to the sound of a man’s voice shortly after midnight Thursday. My first thought was, if this man was alone, who exactly was he talking to?

The intruder obviously picked the wrong house to break into because Dolley is well-trained in medieval combat. She was completely caught off guard and struck the burglar 10 times before she went for her gun. She looked in the wrong drawer and came up empty so she grabbed her sword, a ninjato,  and held the guy there until the police arrived.

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The remorseful burglar actually apologized to Dolley as he was being ushered out by the police.

Dolley learned the medieval combat skills when she turned 18 thanks to the Society for Creative Anachronism which recreates skills and arts from Europe pre-17th century. She became very accustomed to wearing heavy armor and became an expert in Japanese Rattan Swords.

I applaud Dolley for having the skills and knowledge to protect herself. She channeled her inner ninja and the only injury she received were sore knuckles. Things could have ended much differently had she relied on a third-party to show up to protect her.

However, I would not recommend someone without proper training try to fight an intruder. Your very best bet is to get out if you can. Have a plan in place just for this kind of scenario.

What do you think about the way Dolley handled the situation? 



8 thoughts on “Woman Uses Medieval Combat Skills Against Intruder

  1. I think it’s awesome how she handled it. She was well trained and put her knowledge and training to good use and refused to be a victim. That being said, I am NOT well trained and will start to work on my plan of how to get out or deal with something as violating as a break-in. 🙂

    1. Hey that’s pretty awesome and good to know!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and best wishes on your safety plan!!! Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with!!

  2. wow I think that is amazing! I can’t believe it. I think we should have laws that are so tough on home invaders.If you can’t at least be safe in your home and feel at peace then that is pretty sad!

    1. You’re absolutely right about that…laws should definitely be tough for home invaders just like it is for bank robbers and people who try to harm the President. One life is not more precious than the next. Thanks for bringing that up Lynz!!!

  3. WOW, that lady is pretty cool and amazing in my book! She’s got ‘skills’ my guys would say, lol. I am impressed and so glad things went the way they did and the bad guy was caught. Great post Tasha. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

    1. Yea she’s pretty resourceful…thanks to the combat training….in medieval combat of all things. Who would have ever thought something like that would come in handy!

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