Published on March 28th, 2012 | by thevyne1
Self-Defense Tips for Women
In a world where a person can get shot for wearing a hoodie in their own neighborhood, self-defense is nothing to be taken lightly. So we scoured the web and pulled together a few simple yet very effective self-defense tips and videos in the unlikely event you ever need to defend yourself:
Ready your body – Bring your hands up in front of your chest and put one leg slightly in front of the other, shoulder-width apart, with your weight evenly distributed. This “ready stance” allows you to move easily and shows the attacker you are not backing down. If you have long hair, tuck it into the back of your outfit. If you have a ponytail, quickly undo it and do the same. Many attackers reach for a woman’s hair first.
Take a quick personal inventory – Do you have an umbrella? Books? A pen? Any object you have can be used as your personal weapon. You’ll want to hang on to these. If you’re empty-handed, try to grab any object within reach, such as a trash can lid or a branch off a tree. If you can swing or poke with it, it could save your life.
Enlist people’s help – If there are people nearby, ask them to call for help. Be specific as they’re likely to panic. Say something like, “Hey, you in the yellow shirt, call 911! This man won’t leave me alone.”
Follow your instincts – If they tell you to walk/run away to a busy place, then do that. If you think someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted house. If someone harasses you, don’t be embarrassed. Loudly say, “Leave me alone! Someone call the police! Get away!”
Never agree to be kidnapped – Never, ever go to a second location with an attacker. Odds of being found in the second location slim so your options if you get attacked are to either fight or flee.
Remember to put space – Put as much space between you and your attacker as possible. If you are being pinned down, don’t struggle aimlessly: put your hands on your attacker’s shoulders, and then, firmly, lock out your elbows, as though you were about to spring forward and push him back. Pull your feet up and position your feet on your attacker’s hips. Then push with all your energy!
Go for the eyes – If your feet are pinned down, but your hands are still free to put on your attacker’s shoulders, then reach up, put your hands on either side of the attacker’s face, and jam your thumbs directly into his eyes.
Throw dem’ bows – Your elbows can help you. Jam it into your assailant’s stomach if he comes from behind, and then into the throat as you try to put some space between you.
Check Out These Helpful Videos featuring Audre Ronquilo, TV host and karate teacher to all ages:
How to get out of a Choke Hold
How to perform a Palm Strike
How to Block Punches
How to perform Basic Kicks