Here’s the bad news– the criminals always have it easier. That’s just the way things are. During a crisis, the police force will be busy dealing with many other issues such as rescue efforts, etc. They’ll 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 bad guys. As people, we are generally a peaceful species. Lots of people loathe violence and shy away from conflict.
This immediately makes most individuals 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 aren’t identified.
These guys have no value for life and no fear of consequences. Since they’re the ones committing the wrongdoings, they often pick the time, place and victim that represents the best opportunity.
Since they’re at an advantage from the start, the only way to level that advantage and give yoursef a fighting chance is to train like your life depended on it … because it actually does.
In this write-up, you will discover a couple of self-defense tips that you’d be wise to follow. These self-defense tips 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 typical martial arts
The problem with traditional martial arts like Karate, Judo, etc. is that they are rigid and take a long time to master. While the expert practitioners are beyond capable of handling themselves, most individuals 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 whatsoever.
What you must do is join classes conducted by self-defense experts. You could join Krav Maga classes 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, the goal is to survival and escape. You are not interested in scoring points on difficulty of execution or flashy moves. If a man is going to rape a woman, she will have a much better chance of escaping by stabbing him in the throat with a pen rather than going into some karate stance as she waits to defend herself.
* Train in different clothes
It’s easy to throw punches and kicks when you’re in a karate gi and you’re wearing comfortable or no footwear. What happens if you’re wearing a tight dress that restricts your kicks? What if you find yourself in heels? When practicing in your house, you should train in different clothes so that you know what your limitations are going to be. You could need to kick off your shoes or hike your skirt up to have more freedom to move around.
If a female is about to get raped, there is no time for propriety, decency and modesty. If a dress is restricting you from kneeing your attacker in the groin, you may have to hike it all the way up to your waist to execute the move even if it means exposing your panties. It’s either that or you end up being overpowered and raped. You’ll only know how restrictive your clothes are if you train in them. The same applies to men– the baggy pants that you wear could restrict you as well.
* Change up your training
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 two people in your self-defense class and see how you act in response.
What about in a dark room that simulates a dark parking lot? How about if your opponent is screaming at you? When they’re being shouted at, most 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.
Keep these 3 points in mind when you’re training. The more varied and practical your training is, the better able you will be should you ever be in a dangerous situation where you have to defend yourself. Train as often as you can till your reactions are habitual.
Your self-defense MUST be instinctive, and yet, effective and strategic during a violent encounter. This will ensure your highest chances of survival.