Women’s Self-Defense and Self-Protection Guide

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You may have already experienced walking on the side of the road alone at night on your way home. You may feel a sudden fear curling up your head, feeling as if someone is following you. Typically, a woman experiencing these things would take long steps or perhaps run until reaching home. The danger is not only outside but can also take place inside your home. When you hear some strange noises at your apartment or house, the dread of horror may catch your breath and provoke you to think that someone is intruding into your bedroom. Your mind may stay stuck with these imaginary horrors, but the good news is that you can prevent them from becoming into real ones by taking precautions.

You may be thinking things like not walking alone at night, becoming obsess on locks, not responding if a stranger calls and the likes. However, these cannot solve the issue. Nearly every day, we read in the newspaper reports about crimes against women, including rape, assault, murder and attacks. The time has come to break the image of stereotypical women. You need to learn how to protect yourself and defend yourself from becoming the victim. Self-protection or self-defense is still the only possible way to sustain living in such an increasingly violent society.

Some women don’t even think self-defense because of ideas such as:

  1. I always walk with someone else outside of the home. So how can it happen to me?

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This is a foolish idea. Many sexual assaults mostly take place at the place of the victim. Some attackers are among the persons the victim knows so well. The harassment may come from the most unexpected person.

 

  1. I associate with educated people who can never turn into rapists.

 

Do you know that the social status of a person or education excellence of an individual never assures non-crime attitude? Violence stretches among all socio-economic classes.

 

  1. I do not look attractive and do not dress in such a way can provoke a man.

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Your simple and all body covered outfits cannot prevent you from the clutches of violence. Additionally, a woman victim should never be blamed for violence committed towards her. A rape victim is usually a woman being dominated and controlled by the rapist.

 

  1. I am too small to learn martial arts.

 

You can learn martial arts no matter how puny or weak you might think. Learning martial arts is not about breaking the boards or boxing. There’s no need to be strong to learn some self- defense moves. All you need is to have that self-confidence to learn martial arts beyond breaking boards. Self-defense techniques allow you to fight and overcome the tendency of freezing in front of a crime.

 

The thought of being assaulted or attacked is itself frightening and dreadful. However, this does not mean you live every day of your life in a paranoid. While you can’t control your life or situation, learning self-defense techniques can make you feel confident. Whatever situation you encounter; you have the strength to face it. So, learn to defend a crime and follow your intuition.

The Importance of Awareness In Self-Defense Fundamentals

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Awareness is the key to any successful self-defense program. If you can maximize your awareness to its full potential, you should be able to defend yourself from most possible encounters. Awareness is about avoiding potentially harmful situations or recognizing threats at the earliest possible moment. Situational awareness or consciousness of your surrounding is crucial. However, your awareness is not just limited to it. Awareness also refers to awareness of consequences, your opponent, and yourself. Obviously, awareness should encompass your overall alertness and the ability to process your surroundings.

Prevention

Any doctor will tell you that prevention is the key to beating any ailment. Well, violence is the same. Successfully avoiding a violent encounter means you successfully prevented harm to yourself and hence successfully used appropriate self-defense. You have probably in a situation or place you just felt was trouble. It is your awareness trying to help you. However, a lot of people ignore it. We always need to be actively aware of gut feelings or intuition. If you are aware of this feeling, you can avoid any trouble coming your way.

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Awareness In Your Physical Surroundings

You should also be aware of your surroundings in a physical sense, including making mental notes of things like the nearest possible improvised weapons, nearest exits, other possible attackers and anything else that is physically in your surrounding area that could help or impede your ability to defend yourself. Making yourself aware of the nearest exits will not only help you get a quick escape in the event of an emergency but also help you to get out from the danger zone if you feel a violent encounter is about to happen or is happening. Being aware of any possible attackers can help you plan how to deal with possible multiple assailants. Another point to remember is to be aware of possible improvised weapons. You can use the improvised weapons if a safe escape is not possible, but more than anything else, you should be actively thinking whether a potential opponent can use them against you.

Consequences Awareness

Another aspect of awareness is to be aware of the consequences of your actions if you engage in a physical fight with your attacker. Every fight is a potential homicide even in a true self-defense scenario. If you hit someone in the head, your attacker could die. If things come to worst, you could be end up in prison. Do whatever it takes to survive, but always look for a safe escape as soon as possible.

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Important Clues Awareness

Another facet of awareness that you should always remember is to be aware of your attacker. Most people focus too much on the attacker and lose sight of subtle, yet, critical clues that could help you avoid or minimize the threat of violence. Things like awareness of where the hands of your attacker could put yourself in a favorable position because you are informed, which makes you better prepared to defend yourself. If those hands are in the pockets, this could mean that the attacker does not really want to fight. It could also indicate that the attacker has a weapon and is waiting to use it. Also, you need to be aware of the possible attacker’s body language, like heavy breathing, rapid eye blinking, quick opening and closing fists or twitching fingers. These things can be tell-tale signs of an impending attack. If you are aware of the body language, you can be better prepared to defend yourself. Moreover, it is also essential to be aware if the assailant has friends that are lurking somewhere. If your focus is on the main antagonist, then you are not really aware of anything at all.

 

Probably the most critical awareness aspect you need to focus is awareness of yourself. You need to be aware of your emotions and subtleties and how they can affect external events. If the YOU factor is taken out into account, then being aware of other aspects may not help you. If you are tired, in a lousy mood, distracted or upset, you cannot judge correctly in avoiding a potentially harmful situation, and you make yourself attractive to a possible predator. YOU are the most significant weapon when it comes to defending yourself, but it can also be the greatest weakness.

As you may realize by now, awareness is the foundation of everything in self-defense. Most people go through life completely unaware of what is going on around them until it is too late and then they panic. You don’t want this to happen to yourself.

The Difference Between Terms React And Respond In Self-Defense

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If you found yourself in a situation that needs your immediate action, would you respond or react? Now, you may be asking yourself, what’s the difference between the two? Or may think that they are the same terms and are interchangeable. You may understand by now that self-defense and managing violence is primarily psychological or mental endeavor and physical one. If you want to know the definition of the terms react and respond regarding outlook and perspective, please read on. In this case, they are not interchangeable.

Have you heard the word over-responded? We all hear all about over-reactions, but never over-responses. It demonstrates that a response has very little to no chance of being overkill or too much. The reaction, meanwhile, has a high potential of being too much for the situation. Let’s discuss these two things further by establishing what a reaction is.

Evaluated Stimulus

You may think that reaction is a thoughtless act, but it is contrary. In fact, it is often an incorrect action to an evaluated stimulus. Most people believe that a reaction just happens without thought that goes with it. But the exact opposite is true. A person that is highly allergic to bee stings will flail wildly, scream, run or any other such act after catching a glimpse of a bug flying around their head to avoid a possible bee sting when in fact it was just a bug. Now, that person knew ahead of time that if a bee flew by, they would probably do such things. However, they incorrectly evaluated the stimulus as a bee and reacted how they thought would be best to stop a bee from stinging them. What they perceived, not what was happening, dictated their actions. In fact, you could just probably tell them there’s a bee flying around them and get the same reaction, whether what you said was true or not.

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Direct Result Of A Stimulus

On the other hand, a response is a different thing. A response is an action that is the direct result of a stimulus. Even though a response can be done without thought or the result of training, it is typically just enough to accomplish the objective. Taking the same person as an example, they will probably flinch their head slightly back and bring their hands to their eyes when a bug quickly flies into their eye. They did not think about it; they just did it. No time to consider whether it was a bee or not. Their body just responded to the stimulus with the minimum required actions to be safe. No screaming, no running, no flailing. They were just fast, decisive actions based on the specific stimulus to remedy the situation. Now, this is how you want to approach self-defense.

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In case you need to use whatever self-defense techniques, whether they are avoidance/awareness techniques or escape/survival techniques, you want to learn the correct action to the situation, and that is to respond and not to react. It does not mean that you shouldn’t think about what you are doing or what you could do to stay safe. It means that a response should be quick, effective, and directly correlate to the situation. A reaction is usually just quick and it is done out of a misinterpretation of the situation. Responses can be instinctual such as a flinch, like when a bug flies in your eye, or when you touch a hot stove. They can also be trained and ingrained actions that address specific scenarios. Reactions are a loose set of acts being deployed in a situation- inappropriately oftentimes. Now can you have an appropriate reaction? Yes, you can. Can you have an inappropriate response? Absolutely. However, in the uncertain world of self-defense, you must try to put your bets on the result that is more likely to be in your favor. You need to learn how to respond to a situation and not to react. Learning how to respond is crucial to your self-defense plan. Be smart and stay safe always!