Going out in public places or crowded areas does not have the same safe feeling it did years ago. A quick Google search will tell you that assailants have no problem assaulting people anywhere and at any given time. It is important that citizens not only train in self-defense, but learn safety and awareness skills that can help prevent finding themselves in a dangerous situation.
Below are a few tips from Krav Maga Worldwide, a global leader in personal defense training, on how citizens can protect themselves.
Refresher on the basics. It’s important to follow basic safety tips when going out for a jog, a walk with your dog or just going about your day. Always wearing reflective or bright colored gear, avoid going out during early morning and late evening hours and staying in well-lit areas that are near houses or stores in case you need to yell for help can all help assist in keeping you safe.
Keep your guard up. It is easy to fall into a comfortable groove with the same routine or taking the same route every day, but assailants can choose any day to attack. It is important to never get too comfortable, stay aware of your surroundings and trust your intuition if something feels off. It also helps to mix up your routine and take a different, but safe, way to work or jogging route.
Exude the right body language. Confident body language signals that you are a tough target can deter an attack before it begins. Hold a posture with your back straight and chin up. Keep a balanced stance and walk with a sense of destination. Make eye contact to show that you are aware of who/what is around you. And, keep your hands out of clothing pockets.
Use assertive verbal skills. This reinforces confident body language and strength and draws attention from bystanders. It can be accomplished by using short, clear, declarative statements. Volume can range from speaking firmly and clearly to yelling, depending on the situation.
Physical training is ideal. Practicing how to fend off an attacker will help you feel empowered, strong and confident and the more often you can train, the better. Training will not only give you the physical skills necessary to defend yourself against attacks, but also increase the effectiveness of your body language and verbal skills. If you cannot seem to fit classes into your schedule, Krav Maga Worldwide offers online courses that you can do in your living room.
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