Self Defense Tips - 'anticipate and Avoid'
My best advice is to avoid a confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance" are the key words. Sometime we just can't avoid it that's where anticipation kicks in. You must prepare yourself for the worst case situation; that's anticipation. Avoidance is to consider the worst case sinerios and take actions to avoid them. You may be surprised to hear it but kung fu is more the art of anticipation and avoidance than that of confrontation.
Here are some things to keep in mind that will help you 'anticipate and avoid'
If you suddenly find yourself in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them. This is often done effectively by acting like you are confused and don't understand, this often actually confusing to the agressor because they are expecting you to panic! Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed can actually provoke an attack.Â Â Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor.Â Â This will buy you enough time for a counter attack, if you feel like you can't run to safety. Your mind always works better when you are calm.
You may consider keeping a electronic alarm handy, as these give out a short piercing sound and will temporarily disorientate an attacker, giving you enough time to escape. Â Carry it somewhere where you can get to it quickly, not buried at the bottom of your purse or bag.Â Â If you don't have an alarm, just make a noise yourself by screaming or yelling "call the police" as loud as you can.If you're loud enough this can be just as effective as a personal alarm. If you have an alarm you should do both.Â Â Again at least try to act calm, if you can do this you can keep control in a difficult situation.
If you must fight back, adopt what police term the "bash and dash" approach. Primary targets are the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, throat, groin, knees or shins; choose whichever is easiest to get to.Â Â A Kubotan is one of the best small self defense gadgets that you could have on a keychain.Â Â Kubotans are highly accessible, extremely durable and are very effective self defense weapons. Â They can be used for stabilizing your fist or gouging sensitive parts of an assailant.
If held from behind don't struggle forward, you'll only exhaust yourself. Â Instead throw yourself backwards to surprise your attacker or stomp on the lower leg or foot.Â You have the right to defend yourself with reasonable force and this includes using items you have with you such as an umbrella, bag, briefcase or keys. Once you've achieved your primary aim of stunning or surprising your attacker, get away as fast as you can. If you manage to overcome them don't attack again, you could be putting yourself in more danger or you could end up being charged with assault.These are just the very basics of self-defense, but to learn more about it and get some exercise at the same time, find a local self-defense class and encourage your family to join you. Just remember "anticipation and avoidance" are the best forms of defense.