Have you ever asked yourself the question, if am confronted with a dangerous situation like someone attacking you now, what would you do? This is a question that ought to be asked and many alternative answers should be pre-planned as to your immediate course of action to protect yourself.
Find below some ediaro.com Self defense tips to protect yourself when confronted with a dangerous situation:
- Awareness is the key: Increasing your personal awareness is an integral part of crime prevention, and perhaps the single most important element of effective self-defense. An awareness of the reality of crime and violence, as well as an awareness of your environment, are the keys to your personal security. Being aware does not have to involve paranoia. You can’t live your life expectancy a problem, buy you can train yourself to be more alert, and adjust your level of awareness as needed. For instance, if you have good locks and live in a decent area, you shouldn’t have to be constantly on guard. On the other hand, if you’re out late at night, perhaps a little paranoia is a good thing. Just use good common sense and remember to pay attention to what’s happening around you, and you will go a long way towards keeping yourself safe, in an increasingly hostile world.
- Develop a survival mind set: No one has the right to harm you or the ones you love, buy violence does exist and it can touch your life at any time. If it does happen, and you aren’t mentally prepared to deal with it, you will most likely become frozen in fear. The best way to avoid this is to develop a survival mind set. Imagine yourself in a dangerous situation and visualize what actions you might take to survive and escape, the key is to address your fears before you are confronted with them. While it is unpleasant to visualize yourself as the victim of a rape, robbery or assault, it’s necessary to prepare the mind to deal with the trauma. Preparation (while you’re still in a safe environment) is the key.
- Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong. Learn to trust your instincts and listen to what your intuition tells you. Trust those “little a voice” when they tell you that something (or someone) “just doesn’t look right.” All of your senses should come to full alert, and you should be prepared to take action (if it’s necessary) to get out of the situation or away from that person as fast as possible.
- Look confident – avoid presenting a victim profile: Crime victims are frequently chosen because they are easy targets. Criminals prey on the weak or unsuspecting, and usually avoid people who are aware of what’s going on and might put up a fight. When out in public place, look people in the eye, keep your head up, and walk with a confident stride. This tells the predator that you are more likely to see him coming and resist. Without the element of surprise, they will likely pass you up for someone who’ll put up less of a fight.
- Lights, people and noise: “Just use good common sense and remember to pay attention to what’s happening around you, and you will go a long way towards keeping yourself safe.” Always remember that your greatest allies are lights, people and noise. These are the three things that criminals fear most, because they increase the likelihood that they will be seen or caught. Whenever possible travel in groups and in open, populated areas – especially at night. Steer clear of dark areas or isolated places where criminals will have the advantage – especially if you are by yourself.
- Your first priority is escape: If you do end up in a dangerous situation, remember that your number one priority is not to fight, but to escape. Obviously, the best plan is not to be there in the first place, but if you do find yourself in trouble, don’t hesitate to take every available escape route. If you are confronted and you cannot immediately escape, you may want to consider complying, at least until you can escape. When faced with someone who demands your wallet, purse, jewelry etc – give it to them, and get out of there. No possession, however valuable, is worth risking your life over.
- You must react quickly: One of the greatest challenges to defending yourself is that in the real world (unlike in the movies) acts of violence usually happen very quickly. When an attack occurs suddenly (even though there are usually warning signs), you are at an extreme disadvantage, if you are not prepared to react. This is especially true if you rely solely on some form of weapon for your defense. Pepper spray, stun guns and firearms are useless if you can’t get to them instantly when you need them. So try to anticipate dangerous situations in advance (such as walking to your car at night) and prepare yourself to take quick action.
- Almost anything can be a weapon: In an extreme situation, you can use many everyday objects as a weapon. A pen or pencil can be used as a dagger, or a phone or lamp could be used as a club. Anything that is harder, sharper or more resilient than your hands can be used effectively, so take the time (preferably in advance) to look around for everyday objects that you could use to defend against a violent attacker.
- When attacked…attack back: One of the most importance tenets of self-defense is that when attacked – you must attack back! You need to make your attacker worry about their own safety, instead of how they’re going to hurt you. In an extreme situation, you may have to be vicious. Attack your assailant’s weaker points, like their eyes, groin or throat. Do not hesitate, since it will only give your attacker more time to formulate their own attack. Overwhelm your assailant, trying to momentarily disable them, so you can escape! Our article on Women’s Safety Tips – Rape Prevention and Women Personal Security tips would be a valuable asset for men and women at this point.
Take Attacks and counter measure actions
- Scream for help; if not possible use your teeth to bite his hand.
- If he still does not release the grip, get hold of his gripping hand with your free hand and go under his armpit twisting his arm outside inwards this will injure or even break his arm.
- If that site has mud or sand, bend down scoop some and splash in his eyes to distort his visibility.
- If you can reach his face, harden your two fingers or one and poke very hard in his eyes to distort visibility.
- It is good practice to wear hard soled shoes, you can use them to hit very hard on his kneecap or shin and this will automatically immobilize him.
- With your leg you can also hit very hard in between his legs and you will have demolished his organ temporarily.
- Using your other hand, pass it over the gripped hand and get hold of the fingers of your gripped hand tightly and tilt it backwards upwards to release the grip.
Strangulation either front or hind with both his hands
- Tighten your neck muscles so that you may not run out of oxygen.
- With your hands, try to get hold of his last small fingers and forcefully thrust pulling them outside and away from your neck.
- Use your knee and hit very hard in between his legs to disable him.
- Alternatively you can hit his knee, or shin with your hard soled shoes.
- Body grab from behind.
- Use elbow to hit his body sides very hard and also lean forward a bit and hit between his legs in a reverse position, or you can hit his solar plexus.
- If you notice him coming in haste avoid his grabbing hands by quickly leaning down wards depending on the level of his attack.
- The element of surprise: Second to awareness, surprise is perhaps the most important element of effective self-defense. Using it to your advantage can give you a devastating edge in a confrontation. The number of deceptive counterattacks is limited only by your imagination. For example, you might pretend to be passive, by appearing to submit to your assailants wishes, only to attack them when they least expect it. You might also try to talk to your attacker, then suddenly throw something at their face – and run. In any case, it will be your ability to stay as calm as possible, while you keep thinking, that will make the difference.
- Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.
- Carry bags close to your body – to Prevent Purse Snatching, Pickpockets and Petty Theft .
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
- If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
- If people start milling around you, it could a set-up for a mugging.
- Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would you defend yourself?
- Remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations.
- Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE) this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help.
- If there are other people around, yell loudly enough to get their attention to what the assailant is doing.
- If you are alone and do not know anyone on the street or nearby, try calling a name out to make the attacker or assailant to believe you may be with someone. This may also help if you are alone at home.
- If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do about the situation.
- Make sure you keep a self defense product on your person at all times such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.
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