Being in shape and knowing that you are doing all that you can to live a healthy lifestyle and live a long and happy life is happy to most people. For many people, getting enough exercise and eating the right foods are at the top of the list of things to do each day. Something that people often fail to incorporate into their exercise and healthy lifestyle is self-defense to be able to physically take care of themselves, their family and others if a situation should arise where defense is necessary.
Self defense is not just for the elderly, women or children and it is something that should be learned by everyone, regardless of their physical stature or fitness level. (source: FirstSecurityServices.com). Self defense training helps people feel confident, self-disciplined and positive about life. It helps people feel more secure when going out and it can have a positive impact on your social life.
Martial arts have been steadily rising in popularity in the U.S. since the 1960’s and thanks to movies, celebrities and others in the entertainment industry, they have brought to light just how fun learning self-defense can be. Whether it is showcased in a serious dramatic film like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or is comedically displayed in a movie like Rush Hour or a children’s cartoon such as Kung Fu Panda, people see others performing martial arts skills although they are watching for entertainment purposes, it often opens them up to checking it out for themselves in the real world.
While it would be nice if we could all have a personal security guard attached at our hip 24/7, that’s not realistic for many in this world. So, to try to be prepared just in case we must face a mugger, an attacker during a jog or even a bully in the school yard, learning self-defense is a great way to stay safe.
To help get you started, let’s look at six of the least deadly, but most effective security guard defense moves that you can try on your own to if you find yourself under attack and need to defend yourself. In no way are these tactics meant to be used as training, but you can check them out and then speak to a local martial arts studio or self-defense instructor and get started in real training to learn the things you need to learn.
1. Stay Calm
This may sound like it’s too easy to even be included in a self-defense blog, but staying calm is going to be one of the best ways you can defend yourself when under attack. All too often, people lose their sense of calmness and they go straight to “panic mode” and this can cause a mind to race and irrational decisions to be made. Staying calm is one of the most difficult things to do when someone is in your face in a threatening and scary way, and you can use your calmness to your advantage as it will allow you to calmly and rationally figure out a way to strike or flee the situation for safer grounds. When you are calm, you have the upper ground on an assailant.
2. Pressure Points
Learn where the pressure points in the human body are located. These include the backs of the knee, the knee cap, the ears, nose, groin and throat. If any of those areas are open and you have the chance, even if it’s a quick chance, strike and hit those areas as hard as you possibly can. Pressure points can be accessed while standing, kneeling and even when on the ground. Don’t be afraid to strike out if you are being attacked because wherever you can strike with a good punch or kick is going to help you defend yourself.
3. Be Loud
Throughout our lives, we are taught to be quiet. At school, home, a movie theater and other places you have most likely heard someone tell you to “keep your indoor voice” or to “keep your voice down” so you won’t disturb others who need a calm and quiet environment. If you are under attack or feel like someone is about to attack you, make some noise! Not just a little noise. You need to be as loud as possible to attract as much attention as possible from anyone within hearing distance. Scream at the top of your lungs, blow a whistle or push the panic button on your vehicle remote, but make sure you are loud. Noise, especially screaming and panic alarms can scare mugger or other type of attacker away fast. You can use your own voice as a mode of self-defense. It may not entirely work to end an attack, but it does offer a chance for someone else to hear and come to your aid. If no one comes, do not give up! Strike, bit and hit and do what you can to subdue the attacker or to get away from them as quickly as possible.
Keys are great when you need to drive or enter your home, but they also come in handy as a self-defense tool against an assailant. If you are walking out of a theater, place of employment or your home at night and the street is dark and quiet, keep your keys in your hand just between the ring finger and the middle finger in your strongest hand. The key should be protruding from the fingers like a knife blade and if by chance you are attacked, use that hand and key with full force to stab the attacker. If possible, aim for the eyes, throat or one of the pressure points to bring them down and cause some serious pain so you can get away. Keys can make a great self-defense weapon and can be used anytime if you keep them stable and in your hand.
5. Know Where You Are
When you are in an unfamiliar area, it is easy to get turned around and not know which direction to go. Before you head to a new area to visit a friend, take a night class on your college campus, start a new job in an unfamiliar part of town, go to a party or any other gathering, take time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings before you exit your vehicle or even look up the area online to see where local businesses or even the police and emergency stations are located. Stay alert and if by chance you face a mugger or other attack on the street, you will know which way to run to get help. Stay off your cell phone as these can be very dangerous because they cause people to pay little, or no, attention to their surroundings and can easily make someone a target for a criminal.
6. Go All Out!
No one ever said that the only way to win a fight is to punch or kick. Use your head, literally, and every other available body part or object you can reach to defend yourself. See a rock or stick laying on the ground? Use it! Scream at the top of your lungs as loudly as possible. Elbows, knees, feet, hands, head and every part of your body can be used as a self-defense weapon. You may have seen a movie at some point in your life where a fighter in training was told to make people think he was crazy during a fight, well now, it’s your chance to show your inner crazy and go all out to defend your life and maybe even the life of someone you care about. Remember however, during the time you are going all out, remain calm and collected inside so you can determine the best steps, or should we say kicks and hits, to take to bring your assailant down fast so you can get away from the area safely.
Attacks on the streets can happen anytime and anywhere. Being prepared with a few good self-defense tactics can help you move from harms way to an area where you will be safe. If you have a local martial arts studio or self-defense class available to you, check it and join of you can do so. Remember, self-defense is for everyone, and no matter who you are, you can defend your own life from an attacker who means harm.