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10 Self-Defense Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings- With the rise in technology, we are more and more distracted than ever. When we are walking from one place to another or waiting around for something, we have become accustom to pulling out our phones and other gadgets to help pass the time. Being aware of your surroundings is one of the most important things you can do to avoid a dangerous situation. Take time to look around you. Don’t let your technology distract you from the things happening around you. Just like is said for texting and driving, “It can wait.”
- Safety in numbers- Walking to your car from work at night alone, even if you have done it a million times before, can be a recipe for disaster. One of the simplest self-defense tactics is to never go places alone. The bad-guy is looking for an easy target, and there is nothing easy about being out-numbered.
- Trust your instincts- Most people will say following an attack, they had a “bad feeling” prior to it happening. Our natural instincts will alert us to danger. When something feels out of place, listen to that feeling.
- Things are replaceable- If the mugger wants your purse, give it to him! Anything you carry in your purse or wallet can be replaced, you cannot. Do not hesitate when the mugger asks you for it, just give it to him. In most cases, the mugger does not want to hurt anyone, he just wants the money and to get away. Don’t ask questions or antagonize, just give them what they want and let them leave.
- Know your limitations- If you should ever have to physically defend yourself, it is important to know what you can and cannot do. If your knee bothers you from a soccer injury years ago, it is best not to try kicking your way out. Most towns offer some sort of self-defense class that can give insight to how to best defend yourself with any physical limitations you may have.
- Keep your distance- Maintaining a “personal bubble” around strangers can give you an advantage to run if need be. Be aware of people who try to stand too close to you when there is plenty of other places for them to stand.
- Don’t dress like a victim- A night out on the town is a perfect time to show off those new high heels, but what if you need to run? That jewelry you got for Christmas is beautiful but can make you a target. If you are out and about and alone, always be aware of what you look like to a bad guy. When it comes to the bag you carry and the bling-bling you wear out, less is more.
- Bad guys hit back- Hitting a punching bag can be great to build you strength but the punching bag won’t hit you back, the bad guy will! It is important to know how to block punches just as it is important to throw them. Self-defense classes are a great place to learn techniques.
- Know your tools- Carrying items such as pepper spray or a stun gun can be helpful in a dangerous situation, however, just owning one is not enough. Know how to use the item and if it has an expiration date. Carrying the pepper spray, you bought 12 years ago, will not be helpful. Many items will expire and be rendered useless when you need them. It is also important to practice with them. Do you know how far the spray shoots out or where it is most effective to hit someone with a stun gun? Knowledge is power.
- Stay up on current events- Watching the news or reading the newspaper are ways you can be familiar with the crimes that have taken place in your area. It is important to know if they have caught the criminal yet. Social media and internet have made this easier and more accessible.