When most people think of self defense, they tend to envision the flashy martial arts moves seen in Hollywood movies. However, the most important basic rules of real-world self defense have very little to do with advanced martial arts skills and everything to do with situational awareness and common sense. At Uncle Sam’s, St. Louis’ supplier of user-friendly self defense equipment, we understand the importance of being able to protect yourself.
Self Defense 101:
Self Defense Step #1 – Avoid potentially dangerous situations when you can.
It may sound like common sense, but the most effective self defense strategy is to avoid dangerous circumstances that could potentially compromise your personal safety. Because of this, it is important to evade questionable situations whenever possible. Don’t go into bad areas of town, avoid using unlit footpaths, especially alone, and try to avoid exhibiting behavior that makes you appear vulnerable.
Self Defense Step #2 – Try to deescalate the situation.
Avoid walking past strangers who are loitering suspiciously, especially in groups. Above all, never allow yourself to be drawn into a confrontation if you can possibly avoid it. Even if the other person doesn’t look like a serious threat, you never know. He or she may be tougher than he or she looks. Additionally, he or she could be packing a weapon. There is nothing cowardly about declining to fight and walking away. That said, never, ever, turn your back on someone who is threatening you – if necessary, walk away backwards. If you can’t get away, try to deescalate the situation. Sometimes your best means of self defense is using reason, speaking calmly, and apologizing – even if you aren’t in the wrong.
Self Defense Step #3 – Use purposeful techniques.
Unfortunately, you may be unlucky enough to find yourself in a situation where you have to protect yourself by way of self defense. If you have no other choice but to fight, you must fight purposefully, making every move count. Your aim is to neutralize the would-be attacker as fast as possible, before he or she can do harm. Don’t be afraid to take the self defense measures needed to protect yourself – this isn’t a sporting contest, you are defending yourself against violent aggression.
If you have any objects in hand that can be used as weapons – a chair, an aerosol (spray it in his or her eyes) a piece of wood, etc. – use them. If not, try to keep your hands up to protect your face, and strike the most vulnerable target areas on your attacker’s body with your hands and feet. A low kick to the knee, groin, or abdomen, if delivered successfully and with sufficient force, can be a very effective way of stopping your attacker. Additionally, a punch, palm strike, or headbutt to the nose and face or a strike to the throat can be equally disabling. If you get the opportunity, poke your opponent in the eye — another good self defense tactic.
Self Defense Step #4 – Keep a safe distance.
Do whatever you can to disable your attacker, but when possible, try to avoid getting into a grappling contest – your opponent may have a knife. Because of this, you will want to keep a safe distance. If you do get grabbed, do whatever you can to get free. Self defense techniques, such as elbowing, headbutting, eye-gouging, biting your attacker, or bending his fingers back, are all usually effective. Make as much noise as you can, too, in order to attract the attention of a passersby.
Protect Yourself Now.
Although these suggestions are loose self defense guidelines, they should help you in the event that you find yourself in a situation where you need to protect yourself. Additionally, arming yourself with some basic self defense items like mase can help you protect yourself in these situations, too.
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