What are some self-defense tips everyone should know?

1. It builds confidence

One of the biggest advantages to taking self defense classes is the way it makes you feel afterwards. A lot of people are unconfident with their abilities to protect themselves before they join a practice, or take classes. This can be due to personal experiences, as well as driven by the news. We hear a lot about the negativity in our society, and this can leave people feeling unprotected. Self defense classes will build confidence in yourself. If you are getting bullied, it is also a great way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person.

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3. Panic button

Having a panic button on you is a great way to alerting people if you’re in an emergency.

They work similarly to a panic whistle. However, depending on the situation, you may not be able to blow a whistle. Panic buttons work with just one touch.

If you’re in danger, press your panic button and it will alert the necessary people as well as telling them your location.

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4. It helps improve your physical conditioning

The whole point of self defense classes is to prepare you for any situation that may bring harm to you. Physical conditioning is extremely important when it comes to self defense. Training and practicing prepares you for the adrenalin dump when a situation arises that may require you to fight. When someone comes after you, you will experience what is called an adrenalin dump. It’s your body’s way of responding to the fight or flight situation. It only last a few seconds, so you need to be physically conditioned to appropriately deal with a dangerous situation. If you aren’t, your body will not work as well as you need it to after the adrenalin dump . Physical conditioning will work on your reflexes and your awareness of an attack. When you are fighting it is important to be focused both mentally and physically. If you are prepared, you will be more successful in a dangerous situation and the dump won’t take all your energy from you.

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Hightail it out of there

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Sure, you may want to show off your self-defense skills, but trust: it’s always better to not have to do that.

“If running is an option always take that first,” Parrish warned. “Remember: Self-defense isn’t about hurting anyone else, it’s about keeping ourselves safe. Defend yourself as a last resort and run as soon as you can.”

Know your strength and weaknesses

In the body, there are four weakest points — the eyes, groins, throat and knees. If the attacker grabs you from the waist behind, pinch them hard under the arm.

The elbow is the strongest part of your body, use it well if your attacker gets close enough to you. If you end up on the ground, with your leg, you can break free from your attacker.

If you can access his balls, grab them HARD, pull, twist and yank them off. He will be left weak and powerless, and then you can break free.

Should the attack take place at home, finding your way to the kitchen could give you the upper hand. Since it’s your kitchen, chances are you are very familiar with where the knives and other weapon-like objects are placed.

Getting hold of this stuffs and deploying them tactically will give you an upper hand over your assailant.

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5. Don’t look your attacker in the eye

As a general rule of thumb, avoid making eye contact with the person attacking you. There’s some discourse about whether this actually works, it’s still worth keeping it in mind.

The theory is that if your attacker knows you didn’t look them in the eye, they think you won’t be able to identify them in a lineup. Therefore, they’re less likely to see you as a threat and more likely to let you go. It’s not an exact science, but when you’re in a vulnerable position, don’t you want to do everything possible to help yourself?

What to do if an attacker pushes you while standing

If a creep tries to push you into a car, a dark alley, or against a wall — you can protect yourself. Drive your weight forward on your front leg, using your back leg as a “doorstopper,” Parrish told me and demonstrates in the above video. Lean into whoever’s pushing you: it’ll give you a smidgen more time to yell for help, and you’re more likely to stay upright even if you have to shuffle back a bit.

6. Get out of a wrist-hold

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If your attacker has you in a wrist-hold, here’s an easy way to break free. Instead of struggling, squat down, lean forward and then bend your elbows all the way towards their arm, till they can no longer hold on. Or simply rotate your wrist to the point where their finger and thumb meet and yank your wrist free. Their grip will be the weakest at that point and a sharp tug will help you escape quickly.

9. Use pepper spray

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Nothing works more effectively than pepper spray to the face. Some formulations are powerful enough to cause tearing, irritation and even temporary blindness when sprayed directly into the eyes. This trick works best when your attacker is charging towards you. Keep a can of pepper spray in your purse and in the glove compartment of your car for emergencies. Learn how to use it properly here.

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Self-Defense Moves to Know: Ready Stance Credit: Yeji Kim When to use it:  Use this from a distance as a way of setting a strong body-language boundary (like if somebody’s following you) or when you’re engaged in sending physical strikes, Arthur says. How to do it: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands by sides. Keeping toes pointed forward, take a natural step forward with your non-dominant leg so feet are staggered. Bend both knees slightly, elevate back heel, bring hands up in front of face with hands about 12 inches from face and palms facing forward, tuck chin, and shrug shoulders slightly. Distribute body weight between both feet, placing it more in the balls versus heels.

Basic Self-Defense Moves to Know: Palm-Heel Strike Credit: Yeji Kim When to use it: This is a last-resort move to create escape opportunities. “It’s best used when the face of the attacker isn’t blocked or covered, and you can reach the face with your arms outstretched,” Arthur says.  How to do it: Start in Ready Stance and keep hands up. Rotating left hip and shoulder, explosively extend left palm straight out, with fingertips straight up and elbow down. Keep right hand up to protect your face. Immediately recoil left arm, returning shoulder and hip to square ready stance. With feet in the same position, send a palm strike with your right hand (be sure to rotate right hip), then try a left-right combination. If left-handed, practice a right-left combination. Hand should stay open (i.e., don’t make a fist) and heel of palm should make contact with the attacker’s nose.

Basic Self-Defense Moves to Know: Front Kick to Groin Credit: Yeji Kim When to use it: This is another last-resort move to create escape opportunities. It’s particularly beneficial against somebody who’s tall, Arthur says, especially if you can’t reach their face for Palm-Heel Strikes.  How to do it: Start in Ready Stance, keeping hands up. Bend right leg and drive right knee straight up. As soon as right knee is above your waistline, extend hips (almost bend backward to generate power in the left leg/your loading leg) and kick right shin directly to attacker’s groin, making sure to keep toes pointed downward and out of the way. Immediately release right foot behind you and return to Ready Stance.

Basic Self-Defense Moves to Know: Hammerfist Punch Credit: Yeji Kim When to use it: Rely on the Hammerfist Punch move in almost any situation where you find yourself in danger, Jory says. It’s most effective, though, when used to hit the attacker directly in the face, particularly the nose, jaw, or temple. How to do it:  Start in Ready Stance. Raise dominant hand up, bending at elbow (like you’re preparing to throw a ball). Rotate hips toward attacker and bring dominant arm down, smacking attacker in face (aim for the nose) with the meaty bottom part of fist. If you’re practicing this move, recoil to Ready Stance and repeat. In a real-world scenario, strike the punch and run while attacker is incapacitated.

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