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October 31, 2022

5 Self-Defense Tips to Defend Yourself Against a Street Attacker

In the heat of the moment, it can be difficult to predict how you may react to an attacker.


In the heat of the moment, it can be difficult to predict how you may react to an attacker. Many of us would like to believe that we could fight back, but without preparation, we may freeze or be unable to react fast enough to make a difference. These five fast tips will help you prepare for a situation in which you need to fight off an attacker. Keeping these in the back of your mind could make all the difference.

  1. Self-defense items

One reason self-defense items are so widely encouraged is because of how universal they are. No matter your size, gender or skill level, a self-defense item can even the playing fields between you and much larger attackers. The type of item you choose can depend on your comfort level, as well as your state’s laws. It is important to research what items are permitted to be carried and used in your state before making a purchase. The most common self-defense items include pepper spray, stun guns and tasers and personal alarms. Consider research into each of these items before purchase to gain a better understanding of which one may work best for you or try carrying several before making your final decision.

  1. Dry Runs

Once you have purchased a self-defense item, it is crucial that you know how to use it. This isn’t as simple as reading the directions and hoping you’ll remember them. Try out your item in a safe setting when you receive it so that you can get a feel for the controls and find the most efficient ways to carry and use it. Once you do this a few times, you can feel confident in your ability to actually use the item in a real emergency.

  1. Change Your Mindset and React

Freeze responses are normal in a frightening situation, however, they leave you vulnerable and unable to react in time to attackers. To help prevent this, it’s important to work on adjusting your mindset to react in stressful situations. You can do this by taking self-defense classes or finding another method to help you rewire the way your body moves in the heat of the moment.

  1. React Strong and Scream

When you do react, it is important to react strong. Aim for the most vulnerable parts of your attacker, like their eyes, groin, neck and head. Hitting these areas can cause your attacker to loosen any grip they may have on you, or even leave you alone once they realize you are not an easy target. Always try to scream as loud as you can, and run away rather than attempting to subdue your attacker. Screaming offers two important things, 1) it can help get the attention of someone nearby who can offer help and 2) screaming may deter the attacker by causing the individual to lose focus and to run away.

  1. Improvise weapons

Remember that nothing is off-limits when it comes to protecting yourself from a full-on assault. If you can’t reach your self-defense item, use anything you can find like rocks, keys, purses and more. You can even resort to biting an attacker to attempt to get them to relent. Any damage you do will give you more time to escape and find help.

Following these five tips can make all the difference in the event of a real attack. Invest in yourself and learn how to defend yourself before you are caught in a bad situation. For more information on self-defense classes, check out our courses.



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