The world is full of strange people. You never know who you will run into and when it will be your unlucky day. Therefore, it is imperative to learn some of the following basic self defense moves for getting yourself out of a potentially dangerous pinch.

Basic Self Defense Moves

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The following self defense techniques are basic moves to escape from a hold that any attacker may attempt to do:

  • From Behind: Derived from the deadly Krav Maga, this technique specifically for those situations when grabbed from behind. Rather than squirm or attempt to wriggle your way out, it is best to drop the weight and attempt to elbow the attacker in the head. If these attempts seem futile, the next best thing would be to use your head to jam his face, or pull their fingers as far back as possible, so they are forced to release you. Once getting out of the hold, use your knees or leg to kick them.
  • On Ground: If the attacker has you pinned down, one basic technique that may help get you out is to grasp his wrist with one hand and use the other to grasp the back of the attacker’s elbow. From there, wind your legs to trap his foot and leg, use the leverage against him, lifting your hips high up and eventually thrusting him forward so you can get onto your knees.
  • Wrist Escape: One common hold that many attackers may do is tightly grab the wrist of the woman that they are after. When this occurs, the common reaction would be to pull away, but when going against a stronger opponent, this is difficult to do. Thus, to effectively escape, you should first squat slightly down, bending the knees so that you are in a stable stance. From there, rather than pull back, you lean forward while bending the elbow toward the attacker, then push up. By doing so, it will force the attacker to automatically let go, since any grasp is bound to let loose due to the fingers.

Effective Targets of the Body

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As much as you learn how to execute a specific move on an assailant, when confrontations occur, everything becomes a blur and there are only a few seconds to act. While having the proper training and endurance might be ideal, for the average woman, their energy may run from the rush of adrenaline and fear that kicks in. For that reason, it is best to understand the most effective locations to target on a body to make sure every move counts.

  • Eyes: Going for the eyes may seem like a given, but so many fail to take note of going for this part of the body in the heat of the moment. By aiming for the assailants’ eyes, you increase your chances to momentarily disable his vision, which in turn can help with making the next move or possibly getting away.
  • Neck: The side of the neck consists of the carotid artery and jugular vein – two areas, if hit with enough force, can instantly stun the opponent. By striking the assailant with a knife hand (thumb should be tucked into the hand with the rest of the fingers stiff and extended straight, held tightly together), you can manage to disable any potential attacks.
  • Knee: So many of us forget that our knees are what holds us together. This spot serves as a great location to kick, since it can be struck from any direction and with enough force, will either severely injure or immobilize the attacker. Additionally, unlike the other areas near the head which require you to be closer to the opponent, the knee is a spot that can be attacked from a distance. It is particularly useful to go for the side or back of the knee to make the assailant lose balance.
  • Groin: In a real-life situation where an attacker is out to get you, many women should think of the worst-case scenario – death or rape. Although targeting this area may seem a bit harsh, the assailant has forfeited any level of courtesy the moment they chose to attack. Like the knee, there is more room to keep a distance and going straight for the groin increases the likeliness of truly immobilizing the attacker.

Self Defense Tips to Make the Difference

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There is a plethora of things women can do to increase their chances at staying safe. While it would be ideal for every woman out in the world to take lessons in self defense, just knowing a few basic things could make the difference between a victim and a fighting survivor. The following are few things to take note:

  • Be Aware: Currently where most people’s attentions are glued to their phones, it is easy to say that many men and women are easy targets for an assault or robbery. So, it goes without question, one of the best and first things to do to set yourself apart from a victim is to be aware. John Dean Cooper, a US Marine popularized the color-coded levels of awareness. It is here he advocates that simply being in a level of General Alertness (Code Yellow) will allow a person to be more engaged to everything that is going around them. Therefore, if something were to occur, even if they aren’t physically prepared for what’s to come, they can act faster, thereby lowering the risk of becoming the victim.
  • Build Your Body: While it may be ideal to have a fit physique, sometimes that just isn’t the case for many people out there. However, to help improve your chances at staying safe, it is important to build your body in whatever way you can. One thing to take note of is to correct your posture. Not only does this help boost confidence, but it helps to appear ‘stronger,’ which in turn could work against potential attackers. Most assailants will attempt to assault those that look feeble and vulnerable.
  • Fight Fear: Very few people encounter life-threatening situations on the streets. It is the stories we see and hear in media, as well as our imaginations that blow up the fear within. Therefore, what is most important above all else, is to learn to fight the fear that takes control. Even if we are aware and well-equipped with techniques that may help us, it all means nothing if we are frozen with fear when the moment of danger occurs. One useful technique used by many military officials is what is known as ‘combat tactical breathing.’ This is very easy to do and simply involves counting to four when breathing in, and repeating the count when exhaling as well. Such a simple action has been known to reduce stress and help control nervous shaking. By learning to implement such small habits into our lives, we can train our bodies to adapt to stressful situations accordingly.
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