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These are just the very basics of self defense, but to learn more about it and get some exercise at the same time, attend our Stay Alert! Stay Alive! Self-defense Class (we encourage you to bring your family along to join you. Just remember "anticipation and avoidance" are the best forms of defense.
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SELF DEFENSE TIPS
We recommend you do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance" are the key words. We teach our student's to ..."Keep Your Head on a Swivel" If you do get caught up in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them. Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed can actually provoke an attack. (Bad Guys can literally "smell" fear) Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor (more than arms length)
Use a gas or electronic whistle alarm as these give out a short piercing sound and will temporarily disorientate an attacker, giving you enough time to escape. Carry it somewhere where you can get to it quickly - don't leave it buried at the bottom of your bag. If you don't have a personal alarm, just make a noise yourself by screaming as loud as you can, or shouting "FIRE!"- if you're loud enough this can be just as effective as personal alarms. If you have an alarm, use it and shout as well.
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. But remember...the law says you can only defend yourself until "the threat is eliminated" (we'll go over your legal rights to protect yourself during the course)
If held from behind don't struggle forward, you'll only exhaust yourself. Instead stomp on the lower leg or foot (it only takes 5 pounds of pressure to break a foot...have you ever dropped a can of soup on your foot...OUCH!)
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. However, don't carry or use anything that the law would regard as an offensive weapon (Stun guns and pepper spray are considered DEFENSIVE) 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.
We'll also cover some common situations you may find yourself in: