Today, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite subjects:
Self-defense training is much more than learning self-defense moves to defend against different attacks.
It also includes your mindset, awareness and ability to think on your feet before, during, and after an attack.
- Accept that danger exists. Violence can and may happen to you. Don’t live in denial.
- Take active steps to protect yourself. Learn self-defense and study all you can about prevention and awareness.
- Understand the laws of self-defense. Be sure that you take the time to study legal ramifications of self-defense and understand what is, and isn’t, allowed.
- Be aware of your environment. This applies when you’re at home, in public places, and especially on vacation or business travel.
- Walk with confidence. Show confidence from the inside and out. It’s one of the best deterrents to being attacked. Walk with good posture, keep your chin and eyes up, and scan your environment.
- Tell someone where you’re going. Text, email, call or verbally tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
- Avoid traveling alone. Attackers are looking for easy prey. Traveling in groups of two or more can also help deter attacks.
- Keep your distance. The closer you are to a potential attacker the easier it can be for them to strike you or take you to the ground unexpectedly.
- Keep your hands up. By placing your hands in front of you in a non-threatening, yet tactical position, you will be better prepared to intercept a strike or initiate one.
- Use reflections. Car windows, store windows, even hubcaps can help you see things around you.
- Hit vulnerable targets. Go for the eyes, throat, groin or knees. These are the targets that can give you the most reaction for the least amount of effort.
- Never give up. Your life is worth protecting and is of great worth. Your safety is your responsibility so do everything you can to keep safe.
- Use environmental weapons. Most people do not carry a concealed carry weapon. Therefore, you may need to improvise a weapon to help level the playing field.
- Watch your attacker. While you should be aware of your surroundings, it would be wise to not take your eyes off your attacker.
- Remain calm. While this may be easier to say than do in a crisis situation, it will help you keep a cool head so you can make quick and decisive actions.
- Maintain the element of surprise. Use speed and be direct as you hit vulnerable targets without hesitation.
- Make the first move. Many wait until it’s too late. If there is an opening for a strike to a vulnerable target like the eyes, throat or groin, take it.
- Find the exits. Whenever you walk into a room, know where the exits are so you can get out, fast.
- Throw your wallet or purse. If someone wants you wallet or purse, throw it away from you in the opposite direction of where you can run away.
- Be stern. If a stranger offers to help you with taking your groceries into your house, kindly, but firmly, decline.
- Don’t turn your back. If at all possible, keep the attacker in your field of view. Turning your back can give them an opening to strike.
- Cross the street. If you see someone suspicious approaching in the distance, cross the street. If they also begin crossing the street, take off running the other direction.
- Eye contact. Making eye contact can let a potential attacker know you see them. They would rather take someone by surprise.
- Trust your intuition. Listen to your instincts. If you sense danger, pay attention to it then take action.
- Criminals don’t wear name tags. Remember, a criminal can look like anyone.
- Never move locations. Do not let them relocate you should an attacker try to move you to a different location.
- Get out of there. Run towards crowds and well-lit areas if someone is following or chasing you.
- Keep your hands free. If your hands are full or you are weighed down, you will be an easier target.
- Scream, yell or shout. Making loud noises can temporarily stop an attacker. However, it won’t last forever.
- Call 911 immediately. It’s estimated that over 3 million crimes never get reported. Don’t take any chances. Call for help and report the crime as soon as you possibly can.
So now I have a question for you:
What self-defense tips would you add to the list?
Let me know by leaving a quick comment right now.