Have you heard the statistic that one in three women will experience some form of violence during their lifetime? This number is staggeringly high. And it’s one of the main reasons why knowing practical ways to defend yourself is essential if you’re a woman.
Every small step that you can take to protect yourself can help reduce your risk of assault. So keep reading for some ideas about how to defend yourself.
Present Yourself With Confidence
Maintain a strong posture by standing tall with your chin raised. Avoid hunching your shoulders or crossing your arms – these are signs of submission.
Make sure to make eye contact with the person you are engaging with. This shows that you are determined and assertive.
Speak confidently and ensure your tone is audible; frequent pauses denote uncertainty.
Practice Target Denial
Target denial means keeping yourself from being in situations that promote or present danger. This means avoiding dark or poorly lit areas, sticking to high-traffic areas, and being conscious of how you move and speak in public.
It is also a good idea to carry an object that could be used to defend yourself. A pepper spray, tactical pen, or pocket knife could make a difference in an emergency.
Surprise Your Attacker
One of the best ways to defend yourself against an attacker is to surprise them. If you are in a dangerous situation, try to think quickly, remain calm, and find a way to surprise your attacker.
Start by utilizing your environment – if there is a nearby object like a chair or a bottle, pick it up and present it as a weapon. Turn on any lights or sound in the area to draw attention to yourself. If you are near help, shout and scream to alert them of your situation.
Aim for vulnerable areas such as the eyes, nose, chin, throat, or groin. Utilize punches, jabs, kicks, and elbows as possible. And after surpassing the attacker’s defense, escape as quickly as possible.
Learn How to Use a Gun
Learning to use a gun is an effective measure to protect yourself against assailants. But gun control laws vary from state to state, so it is important to research local laws before carrying a gun for protection. Canada has a much more restrictive approach to gun usage and does not follow the ‘stand-your-ground’ law. (Self defence laws in Canada)
Before buying a gun, you need to understand the basics of gun safety. This will help ensure that you safely operate any firearm without accidental injury to yourself or others.
Courses and classes are available on basic and more advanced gun usage and maintenance. Or you can also subscribe here to learn some gun basics.
Don’t Panic, and Follow Through
In a situation that calls for self-defense, your adrenaline might kick in and cause you to freeze. But you need to stay calm and focus on the task at hand.
If the situation permits, take a fighting stance, be vocal, and deter the attacker with your body language.
Now You Know How to Defend Yourself
How to defend yourself? The best way is to be prepared. Confidence and practice can make you better prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations.
Take the time to learn the skills and knowledge to feel safe and confident. Take control of your safety today, and follow our guide on defending yourself.
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