Fitness is one if those things we mostly associated with losing weight, eating great and looking lean. But there are more reasons why we would want to stay fit and health throughout our lifetimes.
Today we are going to talk about something a little bit different: self defence. Self defence is one of those things which we are all aware of in our lives but also something which we hope we never have to worry about ourselves. However today we are going to chat about some of the best self defence tips you should know for your own safety.
The main issue we have, especially women, is that we present ourselves as easy targets to the world because we often walk down the street staring at our phones and not really paying attention to our surroundings. To make sure that a mugger didn’t take adva we need to think about making ourselves look like a tougher target. This means keeping eyes up and on the road, making sure we stand tall and confident, and making sure we don’t show any vulnerability.
Hard to hold
Have you ever tried to pick a cat up for a cuddle and then instantly regretted the decision as they thrashed around in your arms? You need to be that Cat. If you want to make sure that no one can grab you and take you away, you have to make yourself a moving target and make sure that you wriggle around so much that they simply give up and let you go. If you attend Judo they will show you ways to eat out of a bear hug, which will allow you to escape without being dragged away. Judo can be a super fun sport as well as a way to teach yourself self defence, and Judo Info will teach you how to tie a karate belt to make sure you always have your judo clothes on correctly when you enter the ring.
Go for the thumbs
If in an extreme attack you find yourself being choked by your attacker, it might seem like you have no way out but you can usa your hands to disable them by their thumbs. The thumbs are the most vulnerable part of the attackers hands and they will be what gives them grip, so if you can hook your index finger and thumb under their hand, you’ll be able to rip their hands away from your throat.
Aim for the hands
If you have been put in a headlock by your attacker, you will want to use your strength to target their hands rather than their elbow. Reach for the hands and use that hook with your index finger and thumb to grip under them and rip the hands away from your shoulders. It will make a big difference and the attacker will be disabled allowing you the chance to breathe and escape.
Think sensitive areas
When you are being attacked by someone it is almost impulse to start punching and kicking them in the torso and arms to get them away, but these areas aren’t the ones you should be targeting. Think about the most vulnerable parts of the body: the eyes, nose, throat and crotch, and aim for these with your attacks. You can jab in the throat to disable and wind them temporarily and this can make a massive difference to your chances of escape.
Stay ready to punch
When you are holding your body, you want to always be aware to hold it in a way which is ready to punch. Your arms should be tight and balled, your stance needs to be solid and you should keep your eyes focussed on your attacker at all times. Sometimes the mere sight of a victim who is willing to fight back will scare the attacker away and this can do you many favours, but if not, you should be able to get in a punch or two.
Three hits and down
If you want to get away quickly and you are able to attack them swiftly, you can use the method of three hits which will make your attacker fall to the ground and allow you to get away. Hit number one is a jab to the throat which will wind them and make it hard for them to breathe. Hit number two is a kick to the crotch to force the attacker to double over in pain. Hit number three is a flat hand to the back to push the attacker to the ground to give you chance to gather yourself and run away.