Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve noticed that the world we live in has become increasingly dangerous. Every day, when you tune in to the evening news, you see stories of assault, rape, kidnapping, and all other manner of person on person crime. In a perfect world, no one would have to worry about such things. Unfortunately, the world is not a perfect place and these stories are all too real. The following self defense techniques and tips could prevent you and your loved ones from being added to an ever growing list of victims.
The first thing to keep in mind when discussing self defense is called situational awareness. This simply means paying attention to what is going on around you at all times. This doesn’t mean that you have to be paranoid and expect a mugger to be hiding around every corner. All you need to do is make a quick mental note of the people around you and what they are doing. This could eliminate the possibility of being taken by surprise if someone were to approach you. It could also provide you with a few extra seconds to avoid a confrontation altogether. The first thing any attacker looks for is a victim who appears unsuspecting and vulnerable.
If a confrontation appears to be inevitable, obviously, the first thing you should do is attempt to run. This may not always be an option, though, because no matter how vigilant you may be, there is always a possibility of being taken by surprise. If you are not able to run and get safely away from an attacker, the next thing you should do is make as much noise as possible. Yell or scream as loud as you can to alert anyone who might be in the area to the fact that you are in trouble. Hopefully, someone will hear you and be able to render assistance or at least alert the police. In some cases, this may be enough to make an attacker rethink the situation and change their mind. Always keep in mind that the most important thing is your safety. No money or material possessions that you carry are worth getting assaulted or possibly killed for. There is no shame in surrendering your wallet or car keys in exchange for your life. These things can all be replaced.