Women’s Self-Defense Workshop
In this day and age, you can never be too careful. That’s why it’s important to consider these tips to benefit your self-defense skills!
1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Knowing where you are and who or what is around you is a major safety advantage! Before going to a new place, you should have a basic understanding of the surrounding area. For example, if you’re going to a new restaurant you could look up the area on the Internet and know exactly where it’s located and what streets or businesses are close by.
In addition, if you are alone, with a friend or in a group you should keep your eyes on what is happening around you. You don’t want to be the last to know if something is going on!
2. Try and Stay in Well-lit Areas
Well-lit areas are obviously a great way to be able to see what is going on around you, especially in the night. It gives you the opportunity to be aware of your surroundings and see what’s going on around you. In addition, it makes you more visible to those around you leading to more help opportunities.
3. Never Put Yourself in Questionable Situations
This also seems to be an obvious choice. However, you may be putting yourself in sticky situations without realizing it. For example, if you’re going out on a first date you should go to an establishment where there will be other people (like a restaurant or coffee house). NEVER go back to someone’s house alone or allow someone to come back to yours!
4. Have Your Keys Ready When Going to Your Car
Preparation is key! Preparing your keys will allow you to quickly and efficiently enter your vehicle without losing time. Not only does it serve as a simple time management tool, if attacked your keys can act as a defense weapon as well.
5. Never Count Your Money in Public
Counting your money in public is an easy way to turn yourself into a visual target. If an individual is looking for someone to assault or rob, having your money readily visible and available is a sure way to be victimized.When leaving a bank or ATM machine, make sure you wait until you’re in an environment that you know is secure to handle your money!
6. Only Carry Items That You Need
Not only does this lighten your load, it allows you to carry smaller bags or purses. This makes you a less noticeable target, especially if you are carrying your bag close to your body. Then, if your bag is stolen, you will have less to replace and know exactly what has been taken.
7. know the body’s sensitive areas
If you are ever assaulted it is important to remember that your goal is to stop the assailant long enough for you to get away. Remember the sensitive areas: nose, eyes, throat, knees, and stomach. For men, you can add the groin on the list.
8. Trust Your Instincts
Instincts are a deeply rooted self-defense mechanism. Your body and mind alert you for a reason, to stay out of harm’s way. If you feel unsafe, nervous, or think someone is following you it is always important to trust those instincts. Cross the street, go to a busy and well-lit area, or take unexpected turns. NEVER go home. If you are definitely being followed, you don’t want the individual knowing where you live. Trust yourself, better to be safe than sorry!
9. Stay Calm
This may sound easier said than done, however, this is one of the most important tips to remember! It is much easier to think on your feet when you’re calm. If you panic, it lessens your chances of acting quickly and getting away.When you’re calm you’ll be able to readily access the information you need to defend yourself, like the body’s sensitive areas.
10. Register for a Self-Defense Course
It is always beneficial to know tips to physically defend yourself! If you receive the training, you will KNOW how to react and effectively defend yourself from an attack. Knowing is the real tool that will lead you to feel safe and confident in your self and your capabilities.