Self Defense – What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use?


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What would you do if you found yourself face to face with a would-be assailant? Unless you have trained in self defense, and have com-mitted time to self defense training and on-going practice, you may not know what techniques would work best to keep you out of harm’s way.

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Self Defense – What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use?

  1. 1. Self DefenseWhat Self Defense Tactics Should You Use?
  2. 2. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use?W hat would you do if you found yourself face toface with a would-be assailant? Unless youhave trained in self defense, and have com-mitted time to self defense training and on-going practice , you may not know whattechniques would work best to keep you outof harm’s way. Before discussing what to do once an at-tack has been instigated, let’s look at whatmay have started it in the first place.
  3. 3. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense When discussing self defense andpersonal safety, it is important to first look athow to avoid dangerous situationsaltogether.No one wants to be in the position of havingto defend themselves. Luckily, through thesimple act of paying attention, you can takelarge steps towards staying safe.It is easy to think you are paying attentionwhen you go about your tasks. However,take a look at some of these tips forincreasing awareness and decide for yourselfjust how much and how often you’re reallypaying attention!
  4. 4. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense Put cell phone away and look around when walking through a parking lot, store, or other public place. Look around parking lots as you locate a parking spot. See anything out of the ordinary? Glance at cars as you park. Is there some- one sitting in the car next to your driver’s door? Find another place to park! Look around your property as you pull into the driveway.
  5. 5. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? Awareness can go a long way in avoidingdanger. But should situations arise that war-rant self defense, you certainly need to knowhow to handle yourself.1. Some altercations begin with a simple ver- bal tussle. A verbal confrontation could be due to pride, hurt feelings, or other emo- tional issues like anger. If not carefully navigated, there is the potential to escalate into a physical confrontation or a fight.2. Sometimes, physical alterations are simply a surprise. An example of this may be a rob- bery or sexual assault.
  6. 6. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? The first case In the first case, it is difficult claim selfdefense if you actively engage in a verbalconfrontation with another person. This istrue even if you view yourself as the poten-tial victim. The best self defense tactics atyour disposal in this instance are patienceand verbal skills. Diffuse the situation withwords to avoid a physical fight. Self defense is based on the presence ofunprovoked danger threatening physicalharm or damage; a danger that will harm youphysically (not emotionally).
  7. 7. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? Because of the laws surrounding the useof self defense, it is important to understandyour role in any situation. In this first exam-ple of a verbal altercation, active participa-tion in the conflict eliminates the ability foryou to claim self defense. Period.Using verbal self defense is the best thing todo if you find yourself in a situation whereanother person would like to wage a war ofwords with you.
  8. 8. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? The second case What if a bad guy stands in front of youand threatens you with physical harm? Whatwill you do in self defense? What tacticsshould you use to ensure your survival? The emphasis here is survival. Youcannot permit pride or any other emotionslike anger to rule your head. To protect your-self fully, it is important to think clearly. Aclear mind is the path to determining the bestself defense tactics to use to get out of thesituation unscathed.
  9. 9. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? Experts recommend de-escalation as anexcellent tactic to calm a potentially explo-sive situation which could lead to physicalviolence. De-escalation is the use of wordsto end an attempted assault. In this potenttactic, you use your voice and its tone, ac-companied by body language to talk your at-tacker down emotionally. Shouting “No!” or“Stop!” is an example of how to thwart asudden attack. In the case of a verbal con-frontation, it is simple to state “I don’t wantany trouble” as your first line of defense.
  10. 10. What Self Defense Tactics Should You Use? Should verbal diffusing fail, and you findyourself unable to get away from an attacker,it is then necessary to neutralize your assail-ant and no more. You should be careful thatyou do not go beyond the limits of self de-fense. Real self defense involves the utilizationof effective self defense tactics that willhelp you ensure your survival with only asmuch physical force as is necessary. Spe-cifically, enough force to neutralize your at-tacker and cause the attack to stop.
  11. 11. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self DefenseI f you are confronted with a situa- tion in which you have no choiceexcept to fight for your life in order to sur-vive, what will you do? What self defensetactics will you utilize? Assuming your self defense actionsaimed at diffusing the situation failed andyou are now confronted with an individualwho is poised to attack you. What are youroptions?
  12. 12. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense Your Options There are at least three options of selfdefense training available to you in the faceof an individual poised to attack you. Flight. You’ve certainly heard of the fightof flight response. In the face of danger,most of us instinctively want to run. Andthat is the exact thing that you should do if itis possible. It is far better to give up yourpride, your wallet or your car than your life.
  13. 13. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense Throw off your attacker and escape.With just a little training, you can learn howto throw an assailant off balance by usingsimple, quick unarmed self defensetechniques. Even without a weapon, youcan deliver an effective blow and create anopportunity to end an attack. Through self defense training, eitherwith a video or through a class, you canlearn how to escape from an attack usingjust your hands, fingers, and feet.
  14. 14. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense In self defense, many of the techniquestaught are aimed at creating a diversion andtemporarily disrupting the focus of the at-tacker. Small diversions may give youenough time to run away and get help. There may be many instances where aperson can use simple self defense tech-niques to gain control over a situation andend an attack. However, there are no guar-antees and therefore the best form of self de-fense goes back to that of awareness.
  15. 15. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense With an unarmed attacker, you can usethe appropriate self defense techniques youhave learned in your self defense class orvideo and fight until you are able to gaincontrol over the situation. It is important to always remember thatyour goal in using self defense tactics is tosurvive – preserve yourself and escape withminimum of injury. It is not your objectiveto permanently silence your opponent. Thelines of self defense are clear and you wantto avoid being criminally liable for excessiveuse of force.
  16. 16. Self Defense Tactics and Effective Self Defense This is the mistake of some who claimself defense. But by taking any self defenseactivity past the point of stopping an attack,you actually turn the tables and put yourselfin the role of attacker. An effective self defense is anchored onthe correct self defense tactics and the properapplication of techniques and force sufficientto stop the assailant from doing what heintends to do without maiming or killinghim, in order for you to attain your goal ofsurviving.
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