SELF-DEFENCE TECHNIQUES AND PREPARATION YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

 

However, common sense will tell you that you can’t do something without prior training, or at least a decent introduction in order to turn self-teaching on.

BE OBSERVANT

Wherever you are, whatever your surroundings, always be vigilant. By being aware of what’s going on around you, you automatically reduce the chances of being caught off guard. Attackers are always on the lookout for vulnerable targets, always looking for the opportunity to have the “element of surprise” on their side.

HERE ARE A FEW SAFETY TIPS TO FOLLOW WHEREVER YOU GO:
  1. 1. Be observant – take note of everything while noticing anything suspicious and any possible situations that could arise.
  2. 2. Have a Plan A (if not doable, follow Plan B, C or D).
  3. 3. Think on your feet.
  4. 4. Walk or park your vehicle in well-lit areas.
  5. 5. Keep your keys in your hand when approaching your car or front door.
  6. 6. Do a quick scan around your vehicle before getting behind the steering wheel.
  7. 7. Do not follow a routine. Drive different roads, walk different paths – don’t give them the benefit of following your routine.

BE SAFE BY FOLLOWING THESE SELF-DEFENCE TECHNIQUES

1. KNOW YOUR ATTACKERS’ VULNERABLE SPOTS

There are 6 spots on the human body that, when pressure is applied, can cause severe pain. Depending on the situation, aim for one of these spots and immobilize your attacker before running to safety.

  1. • Eyes: Causes temporary loss of vision.
  2. • Nose: Eyes will tear up resulting in loss of vision.
  3. • Throat: Loss of normal breathing – causing claustrophobia.
  4. • Neck: Causes intense pain and some loss in body mobility.
  5. • Groin: Paralyzes male attacker immediately.
  6. • Knee: Loss of mobility.

2. MAKE A NOISE AND PUSH BACK

The moment the attacker touches you, shout out loud to attract the attention of any nearby bystanders. This will make it clear to the attacker that you’re not an easy target and send out an alert. Try not to freeze-up or go into a paralysis state.

3. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR EVERYDAY OBJECTS AROUND YOU

Your house and car keys can become a huge asset in  an attack situation. Hold your keys in such a way that it sticks out between your index and middle finger or sticking out at your pinkie-side when walking to or from your vehicle or house - or even when you are out getting some exercise. Aim for the attackers’ eyes, nose and throat or throw some sand into their eyes if the situation allows. Hairspray and perfume are also great self-defence tools.

4. GET OUT OF YOUR SITUATION, FAST

Attackers are unpredictable and move fast when it comes to committing a crime. After all, they are professionals at what they do and make a living out of harming others. Always be prepared to fight back from whichever side they come from.

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF AN ATTACK:
  1. 1. From the front: Hit the attacker’s nose with your palm, fist, or forehead and use your knees to kick him in groin.
  2. 2. From the back: swing your head backwards and hit the attacker with your head, then quickly bend down, grab the attacker’s leg and pull it forward. This will make him drop backwards to the ground.
  3. 3. Push you against a wall: aim for his chin and hit your forehead against the attacker’s. You can also punch him in the armpit, chest or neck -the groin is also an open option.

CONCLUSION

Practice makes perfect. It’s best to attend self-defence classes or programs where you are put in an example situation that allows you to try out the moves. You can also keep your eyes open for any short practical courses. Preparation is key, see our blog on non-lethal self-defence weapons for the extra reassurance of your safety. Effective training will result in effective self-defence, which will result in saving your life.

If you’re looking to purchase non-lethal self-defence weapons, look at our Safari Outdoor selection.

If you have any questions, contact us or visit your nearest Safari Outdoor branch – we’d love to help! For questions with regards to relevant self-defence training, contact our expert, Cruy Cruywagen at cruy@so.co.za.

If you know of any other good self-defence tips, techniques, or resources, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Sources:

  1. Brightside: 7 Self-defense techniques for women recommended by a professional
  2. Lifehacker: Basic self-defense moves anyone can do and everyone
  3. SOSC: Safari Outdoor Shooting Club
  4. Safari Outdoor Training Centre