Looking for self-defense tips to help keep you or your loved ones safer? Here are 10 self defense tips to help you become more adept at self-defense.
1. Trust Your Instincts
Learn to trust your instincts and listen to what your intuition tells you. Trust when something doesn’t feel right. Be ready to take swift action if necessary and get away as fast as you can.
Awareness is the single most important ingredient to self defense. If you don’t see a possible attacker coming, how can you defend against them? Having peak awareness requires that you keep alert and that you always scan the environment you are in. Whether it’s daytime or nighttime, don’t look down as you walk, always look up and scan around you. Paying attention to what’s happening around you will help keep you safer.
3. Take a Bite Out of Crime
One thing that people forget is that there are no rules on the street. Anything goes. And, one overlooked – yet highly effective – self defense weapon is your ability to bite. That’s right, I said bite.
This is the last thing anyone expects and can create the opening you need to escape. Now I’m not saying run up to someone and bite them Mike Tyson style.
What I am saying is that if someone puts you in a headlock… gets on top of you… or whatever, bite anything and everything.
4. The Element of Surprise
The element of surprise in a self defense situation is a powerful tool. Striking when your opponent least expects it can help you get out of danger safely. When that moment comes, take massive action and strike targets that will get you the most effect.
5. The #1 Best Self Defense Technique
The number one self defense technique isn’t kicking an attacker in the groin… it’s not breaking their foot with a stomp… and it’s not breaking their nose with a palm heel strike.
So, what is it?
Your number one priority should be escape. The best thing you can do for yourself is get out of the situation as fast and as safely as you can.
“It’s not about who’s right or who’s wrong, it’s about who’s left that counts.” – Ed Parker
6. Take martial arts lessons
Reading self-defense tips online is one thing, training to physically respond is another. You are highly encouraged to take formal self-defense lessons from a martial arts school that focuses on modern self-defense. This way, you can learn the skills necessary to practically and effectively defend yourself if you are ever confronted. Not only that, but they are a lot of fun to take!
7. React Like Lightning
When an attack is eminent, you must be ready to respond immediately and be able to “flip the switch” from passive mode to self-defense mode. As Mr. Mills teaches, you should be like lightning where your strikes appear from nowhere, manifesting suddenly, striking it’s target with tremendous energy, then disappearing as quickly as it arrived.
8. Walk Tall
Predators often look to the weak. If you walk with confidence, you can avoid a lot of possible attacks. Keep your eyes up and scanning as you walk. This will deter most attackers as they want to surprise easy victims.
9. Don’t be a Smart Alec
While most of the tips we’ve covered assume you are being targeted, it’s good to remember that a self-defense situation may arise spontaneously. And, in certain settings, can easily be triggered by something you say to someone. Avoid making rude, offensive, tactless, stupid or hurtful comments in public settings. I’ve seen many a person punched in the face for making a wise crack so watch what you say!
10. Make the right call
Do not attempt to get in the middle of an argument between a man and a woman. Both will stop arguing or fighting with each other and will likely turn on you. If you really fear for the woman’s safety, simply call the police and let them handle it.
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