It’s a scenario most people never want to face. You find yourself in a situation where there is no getting away from, and the other party has made it clear their intention is to harm you. The only thing that can make the situation worse is knowing you do not have the skills to defend yourself properly.
Those who are unable to defend themselves are more likely to end up being victims.
This is where martial arts training comes in. It teaches you all the important things you need to know to avoid these types of situations in the first place. It also teaches you techniques that have been proven to be effective. Martial arts training keeps you in top physical condition, and that can be very beneficial when it comes to defending yourself successfully. It’s hard to run away from an attacker when you can’t take more than 10 steps without getting winded.
Being mentally prepared for the possibility of having to defend yourself at some point in your life will also give you an edge. You’ll be less likely to freeze when a threat is imminent and more likely to do the right things since you have already played that scenario over in your head a few times.
Here are some common self-defense scenarios people find themselves in:
1) The Sucker Punch
The element of surprise can be very beneficial during a confrontation and violent people are well aware of that. There are many ways this scenario can start, but it usually involves some sort of verbal confrontation. The victim gets into an argument with an attacker who is determined to make things physical. Unfortunately, some people can be clueless when it comes to reading a person’s body language.
As a result, the victim often does not realize the seriousness of the situation. The victim drops their guard, making it possible for the attacker to land a clean shot. Most victims never recover from that opening blow.
The easiest way to avoid being sucker punched is to pay attention to your surroundings when a person confronts you. Scan the area to see if the person has any accomplices lurking around. Keep an eye on the person’s hands, looking for signs of aggression like balled-up fists or weapons.
It is always best to de-escalate these types of situations, but you certainly don’t want to let your guard down. If the person decides to throw a shot, you want to be in a position to block or evade it and launch your counter-attack.
2) The Home Invader
Sometimes, trouble simply finds you regardless of how hard you try to avoid it. It’s one of the most unnerving feelings in the world. You’re sitting at home, perfectly content, when a stranger comes looking to do you harm. This type of attacker is typically motivated by the desire to get something from you, usually things you own that are valuable.
The first thing you have to do if you notice someone trying to break into your home is to call the authorities immediately. You should never be eager to show off your self-defense skills; it should be something you only use when you are completely out of options.
Next, you want to assess the situation to the best of your abilities. Is there only one attacker? Or are there others? Regardless of how many attackers there are, you should never open your door to confront them.
If the person breaks into your home, it’s best to find a good place to hide until the authorities arrive. The only time you should challenge an invader who has broken into your home is if you are armed or are completely sure that you have the upper hand. Don’t take the risk if you aren’t sure.
3) The Small-Time Crook
There is absolutely nowhere on the planet that does not have these types of characters. Small-time crooks are everywhere and they are highly opportunistic in nature. These types of people are typically motivated by greed. They look for people to rob to fund their lifestyles.
Small-time criminals typically do not have the intent of harming their victim and they typically run away when they get what they came for. That’s why many self-defense instructors advise their students to simply give up their belongings when they find themselves dealing with such persons.
The best way to keep yourself safe from people like this is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. As mentioned earlier, these criminals are looking for unsuspecting victims such as people who are too busy using their smartphones to notice the shady person who is following them as they walk back home at night.
Being aware of everything around you and making smart decisions is the key to preventing these types of situations from happening in the first place. Don’t take the same route going back home every day. Wait until a group of colleagues is heading out before leaving work. Invite some friends to tag along with you if you want to enjoy the late-night party scene. You will have a lot more fun with your friends around and you’re less likely to be the target of some small-time crook.
If you do end up being the target of one, the best thing you can do is comply. If things do get ugly, you might need to engage. When fighting off an attacker, the goal never is to win the fight. The goal should always be to get away from the situation as soon as possible. Strike hard, strike confidently, and make your escape as soon as possible.
Learning how to defend yourself properly is a skill everyone should have. It will make you a more confident person, improve your fitness, and if the need ever arises, you will be able to defend yourself and your loved ones.
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