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Self Defense Tactics Part 1: Ways to Protect Yourself

Learning any self defense tactic takes skill and practice. Experts assert that it will take between 200 and 800 repetitions to become proficient. Look at all self defense tactics as a new set of skills you must learn in order to protect yourself and then start practicing. When you learn these techniques, you can ’t forget to bring them with you wherever you go. During times of panic your body will remember your tactics if you practice them beforehand.
 

Valuable Free Self Defense Advice

Here are some rules to follow to maximize your chances of coming out of an encounter with an attacker OK.

1. Keep it simple and
2. Maintain control.

Your biggest hurdle is maintaining control if attacked. During high levels of stress, you may become angry, fearful and panic. You can either use this energy to become more focused and stronger or you can lose control. If you fail to maintain control, your
ability to pay attention to what is happening outside will become diminished and that will lessen your chances of being able to successfully stop the assailant.

Here are some steps to help you maintain your mental capacity and focus:

  • Be alert. If you're walking alone at night in an unfamiliar place, or approached by a stranger, be primed for anything that could happen. Rehearsing a mental what if? Scenario could save your life. The number one reason people fail to react is because they are caught off guard and have no sense of what to do next.
  • Trust your instincts. Listen to your body- warning signals can come in a variety of ways. Tightness in your neck, speeding of the heart and breath, perspiration and muscle tension are good examples. It’s a part or our flight or fight response. This is our body’s way of alerting us to assess danger. Pay attention.
  • Control your breathing. If you’re breathing too fast, slow it down to maintain your control and clear your mind. Slowing your breathing down will control your anxiety
  • Assess the conditions. Every day you have opportunities to become more and more aware of your surroundings. It takes practice, like anything else but the rewards are invaluable. The more aware you are of what is happening around you, the less likely someone will be able to sneak up on you.
  • Don't let fear take over, use it. This is difficult for everyone. Everyone perceiving danger will naturally feel afraid, but using that fear and adrenaline can become the edge you need to defend yourself. Translate your fear into an adrenaline-based eagerness to react quickly and defensively.
  • Be flexible! Don’t depend on one favorite self defense technique. Practice your techniques so that you have the ability to react to any situation. React to each situation rather than your plan. Self defense rehearsals will be useful for developing your skills.

Be Ready & Prepared

Any technique will be of little to no consequence if they it has not been practiced. Self defense requires thought and planning to be effective. If you are ready, any attack can have a window of opportunity to get the upper hand and get away. Give yourself an added advantage by being prepared.