Self-Defense Techniques to Help Women Stay Safe
The typical woman is physically smaller and weaker than the average man. This is why many muggers and attackers target women. Most criminals are bullies and cowards, so they aim for the easiest target. If you’re a woman that wants to improve your self-defense knowledge, the following techniques and practices will immediately make you safer as you move through your daily routine.
Unleash Your Warrior Cry
No criminal appreciates loud noises which draw attention. When you let fly your battle cry this builds courage inside you, while also signaling for help. Shouting, yelling and screaming like a crazy person can also mentally confuse and hesitate your attacker.
Put Your Phone Away
Prevention is the first step of self-defense. Is your text message or Pokémon Go hunting really that important? Professional criminals absolutely love cell phones, because they make people walking zombies, unaware of anything and everything that is going on around them.
Know Where Your Purse Is All the Time
An unattended purse means you’re going to lose your smart phone, wallet and possibly some other possessions. The biggest risk here is that the thief now has your home address, and any other personal information that was in your purse.
Get Your Keys Out
Whether walking to your the front door of your home, your office, or your car door, have your keys out and in your hand before you get there. You should also thread your keys between your fingers and hold your hand as a fist. This makes a deadly punching tool, and ensures that your keys are ready to unlock your door so you are not fumbling around looking for them and making yourself a vulnerable target.
Lock Your Door Immediately
The instant you enter your car or your home, lock the door. Don’t do anything else. Don’t set your purse down, walk into the kitchen with your groceries, or do anything else. Professional criminals understand that once women enter their car or their home, there is a perceived sense of security and safety. This is when they strike, as soon as you close your door. Lock your door immediately upon entering your car or home.
Park and Walk Smart
Don’t automatically park in the same parking space every time. When someone understands your routine, they can remove light bulbs or otherwise disable the lighting in that area, targeting you because you routinely parked in the same spot. When walking and parking, always choose well-lit, high-traffic areas.
Be Aware of Your Environment
You should always be absorbing input about your current situation. This is known as situational awareness. Instead of blindly walking through an area, keep your head on a swivel, using all of your senses to take in as much environmental information as possible. You can thwart an attack before it ever happens if you know what is going on around you at all times.
Don’t Advertise Yourself As a Target
Flashing money and jewelry in a public setting can get you targeted for an attack. So can carrying more than you can handle, leaving your garage door open and leaving valuables or purchases in plain sight. This is really a subset of being aware of your environment at all times.
5 Self-Defense Myths That Could Put You in Danger
You probably know someone who has given you self-defense tips. How do you know that person has any idea what they’re talking about? There is a lot of information out there about protecting yourself against an attacker, but unfortunately, some of it is wrong.
Operating with the wrong information can mean placing yourself in danger when it can be avoided. Don’t fall prey to the following 5 self-defense myths, and you have the best chance at protecting yourself against an attacker.
1) Running Away Is Always the Smartest Move
Given the right situation, running to avoid a confrontation is smart. Not every encounter with an attacker will give you this option. When you run you expose your back. If you have a good lead on your assailant, that is probably not a problem. However, if you’re attacker is close to you, your undefended back offers a large, easy-to-strike target.
2) When You Are Mugged, Throw Your Valuables Away From You
Have you heard this bit of advice? You are recommended to toss your wallet, keys, phone or other valuables away from you so you will send your attacker in the opposite direction from your escape route. Muggers are often violent and unstable. Throwing your valuables away can make them angrier than they already are.
3) You Should Practice Overkill in Your Self–Defense Response
Some self-defense classes stress “finishing off” an opponent after you’ve taken them down. Once you have disabled your attacker, you add unnecessary punches to the face and head, or break an arm, leg or ankle. This is almost never the correct response. Once you have disabled your assailant, flee the area as quickly as possible.
4) Women Don’t Have Much of a Chance Against a Larger Attacker
Krav Maga and Tae Kwon Do were created to allow smaller people to effectively disable a larger opponent. Pepper sprays, tasers and stun guns can take down a 600 pound grizzly bear, and are equally as effective on any sized human being.
Women, as well as men, should take self-defense classes to boost their ability to defend themselves against an assailant. Hands-on self-defense training, especially when accompanied by nonlethal self-defense weapons, means a larger attacker is not guaranteed have the upper hand.
5) Your “Street Thug” Attacker Will Not Have Any Close Quarters Combat Training
In all likelihood, if you are attacked by some street tough, he will be using the elements of surprise and intimidation. In most cases, muggers and other personal attackers meet little resistance, so these techniques are all they need to succeed.
However, you should not immediately assume that your attacker is not trained in close quarters combat. This means that you definitely need to attend self-defense classes and training, keep alert and aware about your surroundings at all times, and never underestimate any opponent in a physical confrontation.