Every person should know how to defend themselves, how NOT to be a victim
In Simple Self Defense there are 7 Rules of Safety to “Give You The Edge To Get Away”:
- Walk with confidence: Walk with your head held high, scanning your environment, looking like you know where you're going and no one is going to stop you. Attackers look for docile, distracted victims. If you are walking with confidence then you are also paying attention to your surroundings!
- Be Aware: Pay attention to your surroundings. Don't walk around texting or fishing through your purse. Make it a habit to follow the 10 SECOND RULE: take 10 seconds to scan your surroundings; know where people can hide, notice that guy following you, remember where you parked your car, know the times you shouldn't be somewhere, look before you want in or out of somewhere for any problems you can identify, in order to be prepared.
- Prepare: Know where you are going and how to get there. Always try to have someone with you if you have to walk somewhere at night or that could be potentially dangerous, have your keys ready before you get to your car or door, pretend that you have to run away and hide; where would you go and what would you do? Park in well-lit, populated areas, lock your doors. Think about things that can go wrong and take measures to prevent them. TAKE A SELF-DEFENSE COURSE.
- Vital Spots: Eyes, ears, nose, throat, groin, knees, shin and feet. If an attacker comes at you, you can disarm them by jabbing, poking, punching or hitting them in one of the vital spots. You always see the “lady” getting attacked when the guy comes up and grabs her. Instead of poking him in the eye or punching him in the ear, she punches him him the arm or tries to get his hands off her neck. If she eye jabbed him, he would automatically release her in order to bring his hands to his eyes (human nature). This would be her “edge to get away”, eye jab and run for your life, screaming and making a scene.
- Everything can be used as a weapon: Car keys, your purse, rocks, sticks. Use anything you can use to stun, disarm or disable an attacker. Remember the vital spots and use the weapons there. A full set of keys across the bridge of the nose will definitely disable an attacker long enough for you to get away! Speaking of keys, we recommend that you sleep with your car keys next to your bed. Not only do the make a great weapon, most cars have alarms that can be triggered via your keys. If you need to make a scene and let someone know something is wrong, setting that alarm off is sure to do the trick!
- Act don't react: it's easier to not have to get away from an attacker. Deflect: don't let them get you. DON'T sit there waiting for an attacker to do something. Lock your doors, break out a window, eye-jab them as they try to grab you. Think about it and PRACTICE WHAT YOU WOULD DO!
- Make a Scene: don't go quietly. Scream, yell, holler, let someone know something is wrong. Often, an attacker will threaten you that if you “make a noise, they will kill you”. Most attackers plan is to harm you anyway, and face it we are not dealing with rational human beings here. The only way someone knows that something is wrong is if you let them know. If someone jumps in your car and you pull behind a police officer and an attacker says “If you do such and such I will kill you!” DO IT. Lay on the horn, hit the car in front of you, drive into a tree. You have your seat belt on, they don't. Make a scene and save your life!