The First Step in Self-Defence
There are numerous misconceptions when it comes to self-defence. First, size doesn’t matter at all. Second, you don’t need to be a martial arts expert. Third, the first step in self-defence is not all of the moves that you will learn in a self-defence class. The first step is not to get attacked at all. This is one of the key lessons in Krav Maga training.
When an attacker is looking for a victim, this is exactly what he is doing — looking for someone whom he can make a victim. This means someone who does not pose any sort of threat to him, in most cases. You can be the smallest, weakest person on earth and still pose a threat. Attackers will look for queues to help them select the easiest target. Our aim is to teach you not to give out these queues and instead make yourself a harder target no matter how big or small you are. But how?
First, be aware of your surroundings. This will help you to avoid many dangerous situations. Try to avoid going places alone, where you might be in danger. Also avoid places that are deserted. For example, an that is not well populated late at night, with little security nearby, is a dangerous place. If that short cut puts you in greater danger then obviously you shouldn’t take it.
Even in generally safer surroundings you can still help yourself out but being aware of things like blindspots where potential attackers could be waiting. For example, give yourself a bit more space walking past a dark alleyway. Your surroundings may also have things that can help you should a situation arise. For example, what objects could provide a barrier between you and a potential attacker?
Next, don’t have anything a potential attacker may want on display. Keep your belongings hidden. These days everyone walks around looking on their smartphones. TO a potential attacker this shows you have something of value and – if you’re engrossed in it – shows you are unaware of what is going on around you. You become an easier target because you aren’t aware of them and they can use the element of surprise.
Make eye contact with people. We’ve always been taught not to speak to strangers, but actually talking to a would-be attacker, in a crowd of people before such an attack takes place, can actually cause the attacker to think twice. Once you’ve talked to him and made eye contact, he knows that you could identify him and the sound of his voice.
Next, have a purpose. You should exude self-confidence — whether you feel it or not — and carry yourself like you have a destination in mind. Walk briskly, with your head held up, and constantly move your eyes as you walk to take in your surroundings — not your head.
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