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Self Defense - Protection Tips

  Self Defense - Personal Protection Tips

The pattern of an attack followed by most human attackers is:
1. Select an easy victim. Someone who seems oblivious, fearful or aggressive
2. Create a position of advantage to gain privacy and control
3. Dominate the victim through intimidation, physical assault, or robbery
4. Escape so they can get away without getting caught.
The sooner we interrupt this pattern, the safer we will be. Our strategies are to:

Be and Act Aware,
Take Charge
Get Help

An aware confident attitude
will prevent most attackers from selecting you as their victim. Make sure your stance and attitude lets people know you know they are there. It works best to glance with a "soft eye" towards the person rather than making prolonged eye contact. Our message is "I see you." not "I'm challenging or inviting or afraid of you."
Take charge by controlling distance
so that a potential attacker does not have the opportunity to create a position of advantage by getting close to you. The "I'm OK, You're Ok" approach works most of the time. Just leave cheerfully and get to a safe place. If you can't just leave, take charge by setting a boundary. Get into ready position and tell the person politely and assertively what you want, "Stop right there.... Turn around and leave." (or "I'm leaving now." depending on what is more physically appropriate and safest.) Be sure you use a calm firm voice and strong centered body language.

Know where safety is and how to get help
Always have a plan for where you would go if you have a problem. Be willing to make a scene and order bystanders to call the police or come to your aid. Be willing to embarrass, inconvenience, or offend other people in order to protect your well-being. Know how to set clear boundaries with people you know. Most of the people who bother us are people we know.

As a last resort, know how to defend yourself physically
The basic strategy is to use your body as a weapon and the vulnerable parts of an attacker's body as targets. Common front attack techniques are strikes to the eyes, heel palm hits to the face, knee strikes and kicks to the groin. Most rear attacks can be stopped by your NO! stance, foot stomps, slaps to the groin, grabbing and squeezing the testicles, and elbow strikes to the solar plexus or head. Most attacks are stopped by just one strong move, but be prepared to keep fighting until you feel it is safe to leave and get help.
The same strategies usually work even if the attacker has a weapon
or you end up on the ground, or there are two or more attackers. Our experts say that your risk of injury goes up if you fight to keep someone from taking your possessions--so we do not recommend that you fight over your stuff--but your risk of injury goes down if you fight to keep an attacker from hurting you or from having more privacy and control which would put you in a more vulnerable position.
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