This is going to be upsetting to hear but we’re gonna be honest with you and it’s a major problem…the criminals always have it easier. That’s just the way things are nowadays. During a crisis or disaster, the police force will be busy addressing many other issues like rescue efforts, etc. They will be short-staffed and since there will be less patrols, law enforcement will not be enough to save you.
Most of the acts of criminals are products of opportunity and this is as good an opportunity as any for wrongdoers. As people, we are generally a peaceful species. Many people detest violence and avoid conflict.
This immediately makes people prey. There are people in our society who enjoy the thrill of killing. There are criminals who have zero hesitations about attacking you and taking your home. There are sick individuals who will rape and even kill women just so they may not be identified. These guys have no value for life and no fear of consequences. Since they are the ones committing the criminal offenses, they often pick the time, place and victim that represents the most suitable opportunity.
Since they’re at an advantage from the beginning, the only way to level that advantage and give yourself a fighting chance is to train like your life depends on it … because it actually does.
In this post, you will discover a handful of self-defense tips that you’d be wise to follow. These strategies will give you an edge during a physical confrontation and if push comes to shove and you must fight for your life, the points below will serve you well.
* You must understand the difference between self-defense and conventional martial arts
The problem with traditional martial arts like Judo or Karate is that they are strict and take a long time to master. While the expert practitioners are beyond capable of handling themselves, lots of people who learn these arts still struggle in a confrontation.
Doing horse stances and other fancy poses are unhelpful and people who think that these moves will help them will probably find themselves getting beaten up by crooks without any martial arts training at all.
What you must do is join classes conducted by self-defense experts. You could learn Krav Maga or Kali/Eskrima or any type of close combat training that favors the use of groin strikes, eye gouges and other techniques that are brutally effective and fast.
In self-defense, your main goal is to survival and escape the situation. You are not interested in scoring points on difficulty of execution or flashy moves. If a man is going to rape a female, she will have a much better chance of escaping by stabbing him in the throat with a pen rather than going into some ridiculous karate stance as she waits to defend herself from the attacker.
* Train in different clothes
When you’re in a karate gi and you’re wearing comfortable or no footwear, it’s easy to throw punches and kicks. What happens if you’re wearing a tight dress that restricts your kicks? What if you find yourself in heels? When practicing in your home, you should train in different clothes so that you know what your limitations actually are. You could have to kick off your shoes or hike your skirt up to have more freedom to move around.
There is no time for modesty, decency and propriety if someone is about to get raped. If a dress is preventing you from kneeing your attacker in the groin, you may have to hike it all the way up to your midsection to execute the move even if it means exposing your underwear. It’s either that or you end up being overpowered and raped. If you train in them, you’ll know how restrictive your outfits can be. The same applies to men– the baggy pants that you wear could restrict you also.
* Change up your training sessions
Train with different people so that you can adapt to different people’s techniques and moves. You should also train in different locations– try sparring while wearing ankle weights. Try being pinned down by a couple of people in your self-defense class and see how you react to the situation.
What about training in a dark room that simulates a parking lot? How about if your opponent is screaming at you? When they’re being screamed at, lots of people are intimidated. How you train is how you fight– so train for every single imaginable circumstance. Try self-defense in a tiny space with your training partner and see how that benefits you. If you get cornered in a small area such as an elevator, that’s something that could happen.
What if someone approaches you with a knife? Or approaches you with a gun? You will need to be ready for anything. Watch this video below for an example of a Krav Maga technique for someone approaching you with a knife.
If you found that technique interesting, you can learn more about Krav Maga and survival combat fitness right here
When you’re training, keep these 3 points in mind. The more practical and varied your training is, the better able you will be should you ever be in a scenario where you must defend yourself. Train as often as you can till your reactions are innate. Your self-defense MUST be instinctive, and yet, effective and strategic during a violent encounter. This will ensure your highest chances of surviving.