Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Women's Self Defense

Women's Self Defense

There's a lot more to Self Defense, and "Women's Self Defense" than carrying pepper spray or learning a kick to the groin.  In this blog we'll review some of the key areas to consider in Women's Self Defense and self defense in general.

Awareness -- arguably the most important aspect of self defense.
  • In general, BE AWARE.  Pay attention to what's going on, especially when your not in your safe zone.
  • Be aware of the Area your in.  Is it a bad neighborhood?  Are there lights out and dark areas?  Do you have an escape route?
  • Be aware of People.  Groups of "trouble types", nervous, glancing, weird staring.  Use your inner Creep radar.
 Preparation – No one wants or expects trouble but its just wise to be optimally forearmed,  especially if you are out and especially by yourself.
  • Do not convey prey, have purpose and confidence in your demeanor, predators want easy prey.
  • When on the walk to the car, door, etc., have keys already ready, don’t dig in purse or pocket at last minute or be distracted target out in the open.
  • Use the buddy and group system, have common sense when going out, especially to risky areas (night clubs, late movies etc.).
  • Have a good path – Avoid the dangerous group on the corner (cross the street, etc.), don’t take the dark shortcut, stay in well lighted main areas whenever possible (on foot & in car).
  • Take care of and empower yourself – 
    1. Exercise (in general) 
    2. Take a martial art class
    3. Participate in a sport
    4. Take a firearms training class
    5. Have some pepper spray/weapon  
    6. Keep your voice strong (karaoke, sing in choir/band/home)
    7. Research new area before going 
    8. Know how you can move in the clothes your wearing
    9. Let someone know your itinerary
Techniques - Following are some general areas to develop to increase your self defense knowledge and power.

  • Get in shape ( at least basic fitness:  can walk fast or run short distance to escape and have the strength to resist)
  • Yell or scream power
  • Weapon – pepper spray, keys, kubaton, Black Tiger Method (pen, rolled up magazine, bottle, make up, hairspray, phone, `etc)
  • Self Defense moves 
This is a simple outline, but hopefully it encourages some positive actions and ideas for your safety and confidence.

Choe's HapKiDo Karate Academy of Martial Arts
1630 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 380-0022 ‎

1 comment:

  1. Nice article! Being aware is very important. Listening to music, talking on a phone, etc., will be a huge distraction (less aware of the surrounding) when you are walking alone in a street and makes you an easy target.