A young Melbourne woman has credited years of martial arts training for saving her life from a man who tried to sexually assault her.
Taela Davis was enjoying an afternoon walk on May 9 when she was attacked from behind and punched in the head in Skye, south east of Melbourne.
Pinned to the ground, the 25-year-old suffered broken ribs and bruising.
"He then proceeded to try and take my top off, at that moment I thought 'nah, this isn't going to happen, I'm not going to go down without a fight'," she said.
"So I punched him in the face as fast as I could then he started bleeding."
"I continued to knee him in the groin and the ribs, and then I head-butted him," she said.
A stranger heard Ms Davis' screams for help and came to her aid, scaring off the attacker.
Ms Davis' mother Tracee Hall-Davis said it was 15 years of martial arts training that ultimately got her out of trouble.
Her karate instructor said he was also proud of his student for standing up for herself.
"It's incredible, I'm very proud of her and I'm actually proud of myself, what I teach actually came out," Sensai Ennio Anselmi said.
Ms Davis and Ms Hall-Davis said they encourage all women to take up self-defence classes so they can defend themselves in dangerous situations.
"You shouldn't judge a book by its front cover, because I basically beat the crap out of him," Ms Davis said.
The offender is described as aged in his late 20s to early 30s, around 183cm tall with a buzz cut.
At the time of the attack he was wearing dark blue jeans and a black hoodie.
Police are investigating and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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