10 self-defense tips that may save your life one day

It is better to be prepared in this unpredictable world.

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  • The world is unpredictable. You never know what might happen when you are simply walking to your car in a parking lot or shopping alone in a supermarket. Although these self-defense tips are not necessarily going to replace the effectiveness of professional training, they still pack quite the punch if you needed to get out of a potentially deadly situation.

  • 1. First line of defense

  • Your senses are your first line of defense. Use your eyes to be aware of your surroundings if you are walking alone. Listen to your intuition if an area or a situation just seems off. Don't ever agree to go somewhere with someone you don't know, even if they threaten you. Always stay within sight of others.

  • 2. Don't panic

  • Many professional self-defense trainers advise their students to remain calm and assertive. If you are frightened, mask it with anger and dominance, this well give your attacker a sense that you are not going to let him get away with anything. Fear only provokes them further. Remain as calm as you can and take a stand. Let them know you mean business.

  • 3. Make noise

  • The more noise you make if you are feeling threatened, the more bystanders will hear. The classic way to make noise was by using a loud whistle or a scream to alert others that you are in trouble, but now there are a few other options. There is a smart phone app called My Panic Alarm that will turn your phone into a blaring, flashing alarm with just one touch to the icon.

  • 4. Let others know your location

  • The smart phone app called Red Panic Button can alert your emergency contacts of your exact location via e-mail or text message. If you are traveling alone, the Stay Safe app lets you enter the time you expected to arrive at your destination, and if you do not check-in when the time runs out, it will automatically alert your emergency contacts.

  • 5. Invest in a weapon

  • There are many self-defense weapons that are both affordable and effective.

  • For example, there are now types of mace and pepper spray that can be easily concealed as key chains.

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  • As well as stun guns and tasers.

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  • 6. Escape

  • There are multiple ways an attacker can ambush you- some are more binding than others. These short videos will show you multiple ways to escape an assailant when they attack in a majority of directions.

  • 7. Use ordinary belongings as weapons

    • Use a ballpoint pen to stab and jab at your attacker in the throat, eyes or any vulnerable area you can reach.

    • Hold the sharp end of your key in your fist when walking alone to your car; this will give you some extra power for a punch.

    • There are also rings you can wear that are both stylish and act as a more discrete version of brass knuckles. Check out this shop on Etsy for specialized self-defense jewelry.

  • 8. Memorize pressure points

  • Groin

  • The groin is not protected by anything on the body. Any damage done to this area can cause the attacker to involuntarily try to protect it. Even a near miss to the target area causes severe and intense pain.

  • Nose

  • Get your hands in a high-five position with your palm pushed forward and your fingers back. Step toward the attacker and forcefully throw your palm at your attacker's nose.

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  • Throat

  • Hitting the base of the throat with any force can fully knock the wind out of your attacker and block their airway.

  • Eyes

  • Jabbing pointed objects or your fingers at their eyes is also an effective tactic because it can temporarily blind your attacker.

  • Knees

  • The knees are also quite vulnerable because they only bend in one proper direction. The knees are susceptible to injury if they are kicked or stomped on hard enough from the front or the sides.

  • 9. Using your body as a weapon

  • There are certain parts of your body that can do massive damage if you know how to use them.

  • Hands

  • Of course, your fists can be used to punch and strike, especially when you use the first two knuckles. The palm of your hand is just like the heel of your foot; it can be used both as a block and strike.

  • Arms

  • Your forearms can be used to block or deflect incoming attacks, and your elbows are great for striking the assailant at a close distant.

  • Legs

  • Your legs are the most powerful weapons on your body. Use your heel to stomp on the assailants' feet, or use a powerful blow from your knee to hit them where it counts.

  • 10. Final techniques

  • Blend in

  • If you are traveling alone, wear inconspicuous, dull-colored clothing and do your best to draw the least amount of attention to yourself as possible.

  • Let your hair down

  • Having your hair tied up in a ponytail or a braid can be an easy way for an attacker to grab it. Let your hair down when you are walking alone.

  • Scream the right way

  • Instead of screaming "Help!" try yelling the words "Fire!" or "Attacker!" or "911!" These words will give bystanders a clearer outlook on what is going on and how dire your situation is.

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  • Throw your purse

  • If you are being robbed, don't fight for your belongings. Instead, throw them away from you. Even if the attacker isn't after your purse, throwing it will distract him and open a window for you to run.

  • Don't stop moving

  • If all else fails, do not stop moving. Punch, kick, scream and run. Don't hesitate and don't think twice. Get out of there as fast as you can and don't back down!

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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