Here are five tips on how to defend yourself and keep yourself safe in a variety of situations. Remember the most important tip is to practice, practice, practice. Don't wait until you are attacked to put into use what you have learned.
1. Know The Vulnerable Areas
The best way to stop an attacker is to hit them in a vulnerable area. The five easiest areas that you should know about are the shin, the eye, the ears, the groin, and the throat. All five of these areas require minimal force in order to produce pain.
2. Keep Pepper Spray in Multiple Locations
Many women have pepper spray, but they only have one unit which is likely attached to their keychain. It's best to have multiple units so you can keep one in your purse, one on your keychain, and one in your desk at work.
3. Take a Self-defense Course
You may be able to find a free or reduced cost women's self-defense course at a local YMCA or other local community center. Another good resource is local martial arts centers, which may offer specific self-defense courses without having to actually take regular classes.
4. Avoid Vulnerable Locations
Avoid areas where you are alone at night, like parking lots, or staircases. If you have to work at night, plan your route so you take the most lighted path, or ask someone to walk with you, or to meet you somewhere.
5. Use Common Sense
Ultimately the best self-defense, is common sense. It's very easy when you're being attacked to forget things you have practiced. But trying and keep a clear head and allow your training to take over.
Remember, ultimately your safety depends on you. Now is the time to be proactive and learn how to protect yourself. According to the FBI, one assault happens every 29 seconds don't let the next happen to you.
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