Are you prepared if something bad happens? If you’re walking down a dark alley, and someone grabs you, would you know what to do?
Well you should. And you should also stay out of dark alleys.
One of the first steps in self defense is keeping yourself out of dangerous situations as much as possible. This means, when possible, you should try to stay in well lit areas. If you’re walking to your vehicle, keep your keys in your hand. Move quickly and don’t stop to grab your phone or dig around in your purse. But you can’t always keep yourself 100 percent safe, so if you find yourself in a bad situation and need a little self defense, keep the following points in mind.
When someone’s planning an attack, the last thing they want to do is draw attention to the situation. If you feel like a threatening situation is upon you, don’t sit back quietly. Get loud. Ask the person what they want. If there’s people around, they’ll stop and look and that alone may be enough to deter your perpetrator.
If an attacker comes up to you, before they have the opportunity to touch you, push them. Hard. As hard as you can and throw your whole body weight into it. If it’s enough to knock them off balance and make them fall to the floor, that may give you enough time to get away. At the very least, it shows them you’re not an easy victim, which may be enough for them to decide to pick on somebody else.
The goal in any self defense situation is to stun the attacker so you can get away. You don’t need to worry about beating the crap out of someone, you just need to focus on staling them to give yourself enough time to run to a safer place. One of the quickest ways to stun someone is to hit one of their vulnerable spots: the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, or leg. Do whatever you need to do: claw, scratch, poke. No matter what you do, do something, and try one of these easy self defense moves.
Remember your goal is to get away, not put yourself in more danger. Here’s a few key points to remember when you’re fighting off an attacker.
Have you needed to use self defense in the past? What’s your favorite move?