hotsteppers.com.ng presents to you: Self-defence: simple things you should know

Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defence techniques. Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.

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Prevention: The Best Self-Defence

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First of all, remember that prevention is the best self-defence. Apart from avoiding confrontation, if you can defuse a situation (talk someone down from physically assaulting you) or getaway—by handing over your wallet/purse or whatever they want, do that. Hand over your money rather than fight. Nothing you own is worth more than your life or health.

Get Loud and Push Back

If violence is unavoidable, however, to really defend yourself, you’ll want to know ahead of time how to fight back effectively—it’s possible even against someone bigger or stronger than you. As soon as the attacker touches you or it’s clear that escape isn’t possible, shout loudly (“BACK OFF!”) and push back at him or her. This does two things: it signals for help and it lets the attacker know you’re not an easy target.

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Know The Most Effective Body Parts to Hit

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Depending on the position of the attacker and how close he is will determine where you will strike and with what part of your body you will employ. When you’re in a confrontation, you only have a few seconds and a few moves to try before the fight may be decided. Before an attacker has gained full control of you, you must do everything you can—conserving as much energy as possible—to inflict injury so you can getaway.

Do not step in closer, say, to strike his nose with your hand, when you can reach his knee with a kick.

So aim for the parts of the body where you can do the most damage easily: the

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Neck
  • Groin
  • Knee; and
  • Legs.

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