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Self-Defense Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life

It’s a good idea to learn about self-defense because you never know what situation you could end up in. If things go wrong, you may have to protect yourself against someone who wants to hurt you and your family.

Each of your family members needs to know how to keep themselves safe as well – including senior citizens and children. By learning self-defense, you can protect yourself, your family, and your belongings.

Defending Yourself

There are several methods, along with tools, that you can use to protect yourself from someone who means to do you harm.

Knowing the basics of self-defense is important for survival. You have to make a stand when avoiding a physical confrontation is not a choice. Many attackers who go after others either believe they are physically able to handle them without a weapon or they are holding a weapon themselves.

There are different ways to deal with each scenario. When you know someone wants to hurt you, don’t be silent about it. Say with a strong, firm voice: “Back off!” or another alternative to show the attacker that you are going to protect yourself.

This can sometimes be enough to scare an attacker off. Although fighting scenes in movies are long and drawn out, the truth is that you’ve got seconds to fight off the attacker.

The attacker could hurt you and make you helpless in a matter of seconds. You can’t let him take the upper hand. The goal is to injure your attacker to the point that you can escape unharmed.

Fast assault and don’t let up. When fighting back, attack hard. Gouge or punch the parts of the body where a hit or injury will make the attacker feel the most pain. Strike for areas such as the nose, eyes, throat, the attacker’s knees or his groin.

Remember that if you can reach him, he can reach you. Do your best to stay beyond his arm’s length and lash out with your fists, the side of your hand or your feet. A hard kick to the groin will take most attackers to the ground.

Always aim to strike what you can reach first with your feet. Kick the attacker in a vulnerable area. If the attacker has you by the arms, reach up and with the palm of your hand, bring it up swiftly underneath the tip of their nose with a hard upper thrust.

The hardest bone in your body is the elbow. Don’t hesitate to use your elbow to take your opponent down. Keeping your elbow closer to your body as you deliver a blow will pack more punch than if you extend it out and away from you.

Defending Your Family

It’s not enough for one person in the family to know how to defend themselves because an attacker will often choose the smallest person and the one he considers to be the least risk to himself.

You want every member to know how to fight back, especially your children. There are family programs that you can use to teach each member how to fight back when a situation calls for it.

These programs cover things like being aware of your surroundings, not letting yourself be moved from scene one to scene two, where the attacker is the weakest, and how to break free from different types of hold if you have to.

Make sure your family members know that there are three areas of the body that they can use to fight back against an attacker. These areas are the head, the elbows, and the knees.

When used correctly, you can take down any attacker. If someone puts his hands on you and he’s facing you, use your elbow like you would fist across the face in a left or right cross.

As the person reels from the blow to the head, immediately bring up your knee with a hard jab into the groin. When you’re grabbed from behind, you can use your head and slam it backwards into your attacker’s face.

You can also use a backward elbow jab to their gut. When you’re fighting off an attacker, it doesn’t matter how big you are or how strong you are because you can use the power of your body’s weight to help your defense.

Always throw your weight behind every strike. You can also use what you have available to strike back with such as ordinary items like keys or pens. There are specific self-defense tools that you can buy to have on hand for everyone to use in the event someone does attack you or your family members.

Self-Defense Tools

Pepper spray makes an effective weapon against an attacker. However, you have to be careful that you’re not going to have to remain in close proximity after you use the spray or it’s going to affect you as well. 

There are stun guns that you can purchase. Some people don’t realize that it is legal to have a stun gun and use it to protect yourself in most states. There are a few states that require registrations for the stun gun and some states outlaw the carrying or use of a stun gun in any form.

You can find small ones to carry on a keychain, disguised as flashlights, or cell phones, in the shape of a baton and the regular-sized stun guns. There are also ring stun guns that will shock your opponent.

There are self-defense knuckles that you can buy and fit right on a key chain. You slip two fingers into the holes and the pointed ends of the knuckles aim at the attacker. These ends of the knuckles are extremely sharp and can penetrate the skin like a knife can.

They’re very effective weapons. Knives are self-defense weapons that mean business. You can buy regular knives, but you can also buy knives that are disguised as other objects such as a knife that looks like a pen or one that looks like a tube of lipstick from the outside.

There are also key chain knives and knives disguised to look like bracelets. Batons are good weapons to use for self-defense. You can buy the ones that are small and pocket-size that expand into full size for subduing an attacker.

Protecting Yourself Wherever You Go

You have the right to protect yourself wherever you go. The number one priority you want to remember when it comes to self-defense is to pay attention to your surroundings. You should never get so lost in thought or in conversation on a phone call that you don’t know when someone is behind you or coming toward you in a threatening manner.

Attackers, whether it’s a robbery or a physical assault, choose their victims based on several criteria. They consider the location, whether it’s crowded or secluded, the time of day, the manner of the victim, whether they’re distracted or not, and ease of escape or ability to carry out the crime.

If you’re away from home, do your best to not become a target. Keep your eyes and ears alert. Don’t walk in areas that are secluded and don’t block your ability to hear by wearing earbuds.

Do whatever you can do to make yourself less desirable as a target. Remember – if something feels wrong or suspicious, then odds are good that it is. Trust your instincts. Learning how to recognize a threat can often help you to prevent it from becoming one.

If you are attacked, use the self-defense moves you’ve learned to fight. You must own the scene. Take control and don’t allow it to be taken from you. Once someone lays hands on you, strike first and stay on the offensive.

Your goal is to keep from being hurt while making sure your attacker is injured enough to render him a non-threat to you. Sometimes that means fighting until the brutal end, but it’s you versus the other person.

Self-Defense at Home

People are comfortable at home. They feel safe. So safe that they often let their guard down. Attackers and thieves know this. While many home invasions are a case of opportunity and random, some are not.

In some cases, the attacker will study the home to learn the comings and goings of the people who live there. This is how some attackers learn when a woman is home alone and then plan their attack for that time.

Most home invasions are going to be carried out because the thief is looking for supplies. However, in a time of chaos, some crimes become violent and more severe simply because the victim was there.

This is why it’s important for you and each member of your family to prepare for various scenarios. Don’t make it easy for intruders. Make sure you don’t have dark areas outside your home.

Keep everything well lit and use sturdy locks on all openings. Despite the precautions you take, if an intruder does make it in, fight back and don’t be afraid to use whatever object you can get your hands on if you have to.

Have a plan before you need one so that everyone knows what to do in an invasion. You’ll need to know how many intruders are in your home. Have a designated room for smaller children to remain in and make sure there is a phone in that room.

Most intruders aren’t expecting the homeowner to fight – especially if they’re armed. If the intruder has a weapon and you know he’s going to use it or he’s been violent toward another family member, your best option is to take him down.

Every self-defense situation is different and you’ll need to base your actions on that particular situation. If you’re outnumbered and each intruder has a weapon in play, you’ll need to use extreme caution.

In that case, you would take the risk to fight back only if your life or the lives of your loved ones were in danger. You may have to employ some psychological maneuvers to gain the trust of your intruders so you can make your stand.

Lethal and Non-Lethal Self-Defense

While you are legally allowed to protect yourself, some states do have laws against using a knife or a gun. However, you have to weigh the law against the odds of whether or not you’ll survive the attack if you don’t use the weapon.

If you’re looking for a way to fight back that uses non-lethal means, you can do that using a few different means. You can engage in self-defense moves that are effective at subduing an attacker.

You can learn these moves through self-defense classes, through online videos, home DVDs or through books. Some of these moves involve common ways to defend yourself and to fight back.

However, other self-defense methods involve knowing where the pressure points are in a person’s body. If you use this method, you must know what you’re doing in order to take down your attacker.

By hitting a pressure point, you can cause the other person to experience pain, knock them off balance and render them unable to fight back. If you press a pressure point the right way, you can cause your opponent to experience spasms, confusion and even render him unconscious.

You can use your fingers to learn self-defense using pressure points, but you can also use pressure point tools. 

In order to protect your family, you’re going to want to know what you have to do to protect yourself and your family against an attacker. Prepare ahead of time because you never know when you have to go into self-defense mode.

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