What do you do when you find yourself in a dangerous situation with no one around to help you? What defensive measures can you implement to ensure you are not a victim of crime or violence? Well, I advice you read on as I reveal to you ten self defense tips for personal protection and security.
I am sure you have watched some movies by Jackie Chan or Jet Li and I am sure you have been impressed by some brilliant self-defense tricks used by these actors to get themselves out of tight situations. Now, let me tell you this: scenes of violence and attack are not only in the movies. Many similar incidents occur in the real life. And the bitter truth is that you may just be the next victim. I know you hate to hear that, but those who have been victims before never expected it, too. So, let us face reality here.
No, I am not trying to tell you to start learning kung fu or karate. I know you don’t have the time for that. But since you can fall victim to an attacker at any time, it is highly necessary that you learn how to defend yourself in such a situation. So, in this article, I will be sharing with you 10 proven self defence tips on how you can deal with and escape from unexpected attacker.
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Table of Content
1. Stay calm
Many victims end up being robbed, assaulted, or maimed because they gave in to fear. When you are afraid, you will be either slow to act or unable to act at all. So, it is very important that you keep your composure by not being afraid. (Of course, I know it’s easier said than done). Even when you are afraid (which is the case most of the time), never show it. Rather, show your attacker that you are fierce as well. This will send a warning signal and instill some fear in him.
2. Keep close
Whenever you are trying to defend yourself, keep very close to your attacker. If you are too close to him, he will find it hard to hit you. In fact, you should cling tightly to him if possible, and you would render him harmless.
3. Hit first
Nothing can destabilize you faster during a self-defense struggle than being hit first. Similarly, nothing can boost your confidence faster than hitting your opponent first. So, act fast and attack first. If you are able to land the first blow on your attacker, then the door of escape will open widely for you.
4. Hit where it hurts
In order to weaken your attacker with just one or two punches or kicks, target those punches at parts of his body where he will really feel the pain. Most of the time people will protect their faces during a fight. So, don’t attempt hitting your attacker on the face, as your chances of succeeding at this are very slim. Instead, target areas such the groin, the throat, and the thigh. If your attacker’s footwear isn’t protective, a sudden trample on his toes is another great idea.
5. Protect yourself with your hands
As stated earlier, receiving the first hit during a fight can destabilize you – especially if it lands on a place where it hurts very badly. Always be watchful of every move your attacker might want to make. Chances are that he wants to hit you at the weak points listed above. (Of course, since you are aiming at hitting him at those weak points, why not expect that he’s aiming at the same? So, keep your hands close to those weak areas to block any coming punches
6. Push him to the ground
Gaining balance is not easy after being knocked off to the ground. So, always try to push your attacker to the ground, as this will give you ample chance to escape. However, if the door to escape opens, even when you have not yet pushed him to the ground, run away from that scene immediately.
7. Don’t ever try to win
Remember that you are not in a fight, and there is no price for the winner. Put up just enough fight to help you escape from the attack, and leave the scene once you have the chance. Don’t try to show additional skills; save those for another time.
8. If you get hit, bounce back immediately
Sometimes, your attacker may be faster, and you would receive the first blow. Don’t waste time gazing at the hit spot (to check whether there is a cut) or wriggling in pain. Strive to bounce back immediately. This will send the message to your attacker that you are not giving in easily, and that you are ready for him. (Again, I know it’s easier said than done.)
9. Don’t try to act a movie
Trying hard to repeat a move by Jackie Chan could be dangerous. Of course, thoughts of those movie scenes may come to your mind when you are attacked, never waste time on trying to repeat them. If you do, you will give your attacker enough time to hit you. When you are attacked, face this reality: the assailant will not position himself in such a way as to allow you to perfect your move. So, just hit anyhow. But hit well, and hit the weak points.
10. Don’t struggle when it could be fatal
When you are attacked, check if the assailant has a gun or some other dangerous weapon. If he does, well, you should submit to his orders, as struggling with him could cost you your life. Never make a move unless you are very confident that you can disarm him. Similarly, if you are attacked by a gang, most of the time you will be overpowered easily if you try to struggle. So, submit to whatever they want – to save your life.
In conclusion, I want you to always remember that the main objective of self-defense is to save your life. If struggling against your attacker will only help you lose it, don’t ever make an attempt at struggling.
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