There are situations in which women simply have to be more self-aware than men. For example, a woman may have to think twice before going for a jog at night. While this may be a generalization, the facts speak for themselves—most sexual assault victims are women. That is why it is imperative that women take action and train in self-defense so that they are prepared for dangerous situations no matter the time or place.
The Number One Rule of Self-Defense
If possible, walk away—that is always the best choice. Any martial arts expert will tell you that if you can escape and run away, that is the clear-cut move you need to make.
However, if you can’t get away and you do need to take action, the best two self-defense moves a woman can make are a kick to the groin and/or a punch to the neck. Those moves should immediately disable your attacker.
Limit the Chatting
On that note, never try to reason with your attacker. Give them what they ask for—your wallet, keys, phone, etc. Do not try to have a conversation with them.
Another nifty trick you can try is throwing whatever they ask for in their face, and then giving them a swift kick to the groin. By doing this, they are both distracted (by having an object thrown at them) and disabled by the hit.
Be Aware of Where You Are
An individual should always be aware of his or her surroundings. If you are tuned in to your setting, an attacker is less likely to sneak up on you and surprise you. Avoid looking at your phone when you’re on a dark, less-populated, city street. Keep your head up, and casually look around to stay aware and in the moment.
Unlock your car when you’re close to it—not from across the parking lot. Also, don’t sit there after getting in—lock your doors and drive away immediately.
At Krav Maga Worldwide, the instructors will teach you the proper way to kick—without breaking your toes. The instructors make sure that you focus on letting the impact fall on your shins, reducing the overall impact, but still generating enough force to disable your attacker.
Be sure that you don’t rear back too much when kicking—while it does give you more force, or a “running start,” it could also give your attacker enough time to get in a kick or two himself. Use your adrenaline to power you forward as you kick.
Krav Maga Worldwide: Accepting and Strong
One of the best and most positive things about Krav Maga Worldwide is not only their practices, which are born from a long history of combining martial arts for self-defense, but that they truly want everyone to take their classes—especially women who want to learn to better protect themselves. Their hour-long sessions for beginners go quickly, and the instructor explains each activity before you begin so that you know what you’re getting into.
Give Krav Maga Worldwide a call today and begin building your new fitness regimen. Before you know it, you will be feeling much safer and more confident, no matter the situation!