The difference between running away and being the headline of tomorrow's paper is how well you are prepared to protect yourself in a bad situation. You can prepare some simple techniques for self-defense before and during an attack, be it a fight or an ambush, to ensure your safety. You don't have to be Jean-Claude Van Damme to keep yourself out of danger.
Part 1 of 4: Maintaining a Defensive Posture
Step 1. Protect your face
If the assailant tries to hit or pull you from the front, place your hand on your forehead in a kind of "not in the face!" and arms against your ribs. This move may seem like a weak defensive position, but it works to your advantage as it lowers your opponent's defenses. Additionally, this position protects your face and ribs, two places you need to protect.
Step 2. Stand on a wide foot
From left to right and back-to-front, place your feet diagonally across each other in a sort of self-defense stance. This position will reduce the chances of you being hit or pushed.
You have a high chance of winning the fight and escaping if you stay on your feet. In any case, avoid fighting on the ground
Step 3. Watch your attacker closely
Watch his hands. If he attacks with his hands, he will throw out his hands. However, if he hides weapons, he will hide them.
If you are attacked by someone with a knife or gun, you should avoid confrontation and leave. If it's impossible to avoid a fight, you'll need to end the confrontation with a high-impact attack as quickly as possible, and then run for help
Step 4. Take a defensive posture by running away
Unless the attacker doesn't allow you to escape, trying to escape is your only guarantee of safety. If you can avoid a fight, dodge and run.
Part 2 of 4: Defending Yourself From the Front
Step 1. Attack the eyes and nose
If you need to end the fight as quickly as possible by attacking first, hitting hard, and laying as many punches as you can, then run and get help. Getting ambushed in an alley by a mugger is no time to worry about fighting with honor. Save yourself by having the confrontation as quickly as possible. The eyes and nose are the most sensitive weak points on your attacker's face and are vulnerable to attacks from your elbows, knees or forehead.
With the hardest part of your forehead, just near the hairline to your face, crush your attacker's nose by flexing your neck and then pointing your forehead toward the center of his face. This is the fastest and most unexpected way to end a fight completely. However strong, experienced, or ruthless your attackers may be, recovering quickly from a stubborn nose lash is extremely difficult
Step 2. Kick or grip the male attacker's groin very firmly
Point your sharp knee into the attacker's groin or grab the groin with your hands and twist quickly, this is an effective quick move that will knock your opponent down instantly. Again, this is not the time to worry about fighting underhanded and dirty ways. If your life is in danger, attack the groin.
If this causes your opponent to curl up in pain, consider bringing your knee to his nose to ensure that he will stay in that position for a long time
Step 3. Step on your heels
If you are attacked from behind, chances are the assailant has his arms wrapped around your upper body. If you are wearing high heels or shoes with heavy heel soles, this will be very effective. Bring the soles of your feet close to the attacker's body, lift them up and stomp as hard as you can into the soles of his feet. If he lets go of you, run, but if he doesn't, try again.
Step 4. Attack the kneecap
If, for example, you are strangled, or your assailant puts his hand to your face, striking their leg will give you the opportunity to open up your opponent to further attacks, or allow you to escape. This is effective, especially for larger attackers and is easy to do from your protected position.
Kick the ball player style that is on the shin and knee with the back of your foot. This is a quick and painful kick. Also, if his feet are close enough, lift your knee into the inside of his leg (femoral nerve), outside leg, knee, or groin. This will immobilize your attackers and can disable them, as it only takes 5-7 kg of pressure to break the knee
Step 5. Attack constantly
Try to poke or poke the eye. No one can sustain an eye stab, regardless of the size of your attacker. Patting the ear very hard can make you faint or, if done properly, damage the eardrum.
In some cases, you can also strike your attacker's neck. An effective way to strangle someone is not to do Hollywood quirks, such as "put your hands around your neck," but simply to place your thumb and finger around the trachea (easily found in males with large Adam's apples). Scrape, point, and sink your finger in the area and they will experience excruciating pain and may fall
Step 6. If you fall, try to fall on top of your attacker
You should avoid fighting on the ground in any case, but if it's unavoidable, use body weight to your advantage. As you fall, aim the pointy parts of your body (knees and elbows) to strike your opponent's groin, ribs, and neck.
Step 7. If your opponent attacks with a weapon, know where the weapon is
If your attacker has a knife, try to keep him an arm's length away. If there are weapons, think about running and dodging from left to right.
- If you get a chance to escape, do it. Make sure that you are safe from your opponents when you decide to stop defending yourself.
- In most cases, you can end the situation immediately by giving your wallet to the attacker. This is a logical choice, especially if you are being held at a knife or gun. Your life is worth more than the cash and cards you have. Throw the wallet away from you and run.
Part 3 of 4: Defending Yourself from Backlash
Step 1. Disable attackers from behind
If an attacker tries to grab you from behind to strangle you, press your opponent's arm against your collarbone instead of trying to pull him straight in, this may be difficult if you're up against someone much stronger than you. Place one hand above the elbow (on the forearm) and one hand under it (so that your hands are on either side of the elbow). Then, with one strong, purposeful movement, step and swing your entire body like your arms are hinges for a door or your body.
This move will get you out of his grip and leave his head, ribs, and legs wide open for a counterattack. When your attacker is behind you, his shin is right behind your foot and an easy target to step on and kick
Step 2. Sit down
If the attacker tries to catch you from behind, drop your hips quickly and hard as if you were falling into a soft chair. This will make you more difficult to catch and give you extra time to attack and fend them off by stepping on your shins or repositioning for frontal defence.
Step 3. Be rude
If the attacker tries to strangle you by wrapping his arm around your neck, aim the ball at your foot forward, as if you've just kicked the ball of the foot, and vigorously aim it at the part of their foot between the ankle, mid-foot, or groin. This action can break their legs or immobilize your attacker.
Part 4 of 4: Avoiding Confrontation
Step 1. Understand the stages of a fight
Preparing for the stages in a confrontation can avoid a fight. Avoiding serious fights should be your main goal, so you need to be more alert and aware of the situation than your opponent. Stages of conflict include:
- Trigger fight. This is the initial debate before the fights start to erupt. It may be relatively harmless at first but will escalate quickly and unpredictably.
- Verbal threats. When an argument carries the threat of physical confrontation. "I will _____."
- The act of pushing or other coercive behavior. Attempts to force you to escalate the conflict into a fight, usually start not with punches or kicks but with nose-to-nose intimidation tricks and shoves. It was still possible to leave at this point without getting into a real fight.
- Full fight. You've stopped arguing and started hitting each other.
Step 2. Choose appropriate or directed words to avoid confrontation
Each stage of confrontation triggers an opportunity to end the dispute. One stage will inevitably lead to another unless one of you backs down. Avoid fights. Physical confrontation should be your last line of defense.
- If you're in the middle of an argument, stay calm by lowering your voice. The macho guy at a bar can quickly do stupid things but be prepared to hug and buy you a drink by apologizing and distracting them. If you are calm, they will act the same way.
- If you are ambushed by an assailant, you need to run to a place where many people can see you and help. You're less likely to be ambushed on a busy street corner, where people pass by. Confrontation tends to be less likely to occur if it is in the midst of the public.
Step 3. Avoid walking alone
If you have to walk far from the bus or train station at night after work, consider meeting a friend near a metro stop and walking together. Staying in a group is the safest way to avoid situations like this.
If you must walk alone, join a group of other hikers and stay close to them. You don't need to know them to get numerical safety
Step 4. Arm yourself
You should consider buying pepper spray as a handy defensive device to have. Knives and guns are dangerous weapons, which many find useful, but can also be used against you if you can't use them yourself. Act very carefully and smartly if you choose to carry a gun, and take adequate certification classes to ensure that you know how to handle weapons safely. Never carry illegal weapons.
Consider taking self-defense classes if you live in a dangerous area and are concerned about your safety
- Stay calm. Don't panic if someone provokes a fight. This will make your opponent think you are weak.
- If this is happening within a household, you may wonder at what stage the situation got bad enough that you needed to defend yourself. By legal standards, unwarranted physical contact is an attack. It doesn't matter if he "just" pushes you, this is still an attack, can be dangerous, and you have the right to defend yourself.
- If someone attacks you, you are right and the other person is wrong. Their motivation may be to want your money or possessions or your body, while you are self-defense. You have a human right to defend yourself and your loved ones. But remember, the first way of self-defense is to run away! In court, if it comes to that point, you can justify your actions by "acting in self-defense" only if you take every opportunity to avoid confrontation and every opportunity to escape. If it's obvious that you had the opportunity to safely leave the situation, but you didn't, then this is no longer a case of self-defense, but rather misdirection and assault. You are responsible for taking appropriate action. Being attacked isn't an excuse to kill or injure when you can think clearly and hold yourself back when defending yourself.
- Keep in mind that the person trying to attack you has most likely done this before. Avoid confrontation. If that fails, do your best to leave the situation as quickly and safely as possible.
- Always look for vulnerable body parts. In men it is usually the groin. One punch that is aimed at the groin will be very painful. In a woman usually by pulling hair or in the armpit.