The Truth About Self Defence
You may have noticed more than one “average Joe self defence” video or book on the market, detailing how a 115 pound girl can easily flip a 275 pound man over her hip and make her escape. Sure it’s possible, but “flipping” for one, is not the most efficient self defence tactic, nor is it the most practical.
Most self defence moves originate from martial arts, and anyone who practices this ancient art will tell you how much time and effort is spent to master something as simple as “a flip.” Besides this tactic being a little impractical for the average woman, I don’t know of too many 275 pound men who are willing to volunteer their time for this special kind of practice.
What you also have to keep in mind, is that these manoeuvres have to be performed sometimes within a split seconds notice. We certainly can’t request our attacker to do it one more time so we can get our flipping technique down right. Here are a few good rules to keep in mind if you are concerned about self defence, and certainly keep them in mind before you decide to purchase a self defence video or book.
The first step of good self defence is to avoid dangerous situations to begin with. This means looking to see what’s around you from time to time, and to trust your sixth sense. If something doesn’t feel right, leave. Be aware of your surroundings and check to see where the exits are located. Always plan ahead, especially if it’s going to be dark and you think that you may end up alone.
Never walk out alone at night unless I absolutely have too. For some, being in risky situations may be a daily part of life. Even so, you can still be smart and use some good common sense. Attacks don’t just happen at night outside of the local tavern. They can happen in broad daylight right outside of the grocery store. If you’re going out alone, move with confidence and move quickly. A quicker pace shows strength and agility. Something as simple as that may be enough of a deterrent for an attacker.
We can’t stop violence from happening, but we can discourage it greatly by not looking like a victim, and by not acting like one.