Krav Maga is a comprehensive self defense system designed to give you confidence in your ability to defend yourself while helping you establish a sustainable exercise regimen. But many people go into it with the wrong idea about self defense. It’s not so much about learning how to fight as it is about learning how to keep yourself out of danger and always being prepared to protect yourself. Check out these self defense tips to help you get into the right mindset for your Krav Maga training.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

city at nightA large part of the practice of self defense is staying aware of everything going on around you. If you can avoid walking into a dangerous situation out of carelessness, you can take a considerable amount of pressure off yourself. For instance, if you’re on your way to use the ATM, don’t just walk up to it and start doing your business. First, take a close look around to see if there are other people hovering or loitering in the area. If you have a bad feeling about it, or if you see some people behaving strangely, skip that ATM and go to find another one. This preventative attitude can go a long way in keeping you safe.

Don’t Wear Headphones in Public

Wearing headphones while you’re running or walking around can be very dangerous. You may as well walk around blindfolded. The sense of hearing is a critical part of what keeps you alert to your surroundings. The danger is especially high if you’re in a crowded area with headphones in, because you can be attacked or robbed before you even know or sense what has happened. One of the most practical self defense tips  is raising your level of awareness in public by not wearing headphones.

white earbudsLearn How to React

Most common attacks can be disabled with a quick reaction. At the top of your self defense tips is improving your reaction time. Your body is already equipped with an impressive flinch-response system, but you can train yourself to react even quicker and with more strength. With a strong reaction, you can neutralize threats instantly, before they even put you in harm’s way.

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