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Dont be a victim: Part I

Dont be a victim: Part I

Don’t be a victim: Part I

Pre fight

Pre-fight

Self defense doesn’t always have to begin with an attack, a punch, or a kick. Self defense should begin with your mindset. Don’t think of yourself as a victim. Attackers choose their victims in the same way predators choose their prey. If you carry yourself with confidence while looking strong, alert, and healthy then you are less likely to become a victim. What does your body language say about you? A confident and relaxed posture is important.

Here are some ways to discourage a potential attack just by walking safely.

  • Keep your head up

  • Look ahead and know what is around you

  • Relax your shoulders (don’t shrug or hunch)

  • Walk confidently with a relaxed step

  • Keep your hands out of your pockets.

Knowing that you have the ability, confidence, and strength to fight back might be all that you need to prevent a potential threat.

 

Know your area & be aware

Know your area! Try your best to know the area you will be in ahead of time. Be aware of where exits are, how populated the area is, and easy access to parking and/or public transportation. Park in well lit areas that are close to where you need to walk to. Pay attention to your surroundings and don’t be distracted when going from point A to point B. Put your phone away for a few minutes or take your earbuds out. The text or Instagram post can wait! These are things that can keep you distracted from potentially life threatening situations.

LISTEN TO YOUR GUT! Everyone has a feeling in their body when something doesn’t feel right. This doesn’t always mean that there is danger lurking, but it could cause you to pay more attention to yourself and others around you. Often we are too concerned with social acceptance and our social conditioning takes over. That may cause you to ignore your gut feeling in attempt to not seem rude by not getting into an elevator alone with a stranger, or locking your doors if someone walks by your car at night. Listen to your instincts!

Here are a few prevention tips

At your home:

  • Make sure bushes and other shrubbery are trimmed. Especially if they are near where you park, around windows, or where you enter your home

  • Set outside lights on a timer or plan ahead. If you know you will be leaving during the day and returning at night, have the lights outside turned on.

  • Make sure the locks on your windows are working and are in the locked position when closed.

  • Be assertive if someone shows up at your door, especially if it is totally random.

  • Buy a dog! (that is my own personal recommendation)

 

In your car:

  • When looking for parking try to get close to your destination or park where it is well lit.

  • Walk at your car from an angle that you can see both sides. Walk around to the other side if you have to.

  • Have your keys out, in hand, and ready to go. Don’t unlock your whole car from across the parking lot.

  • Be careful with unlocking all of your doors wirelessly. Only open your drivers side door or open it manually if you can.

  • If you have a car where doors close by pushing a button or using a sensor make sure it closes fully before turning away. Especially when putting children in the car.

  • Have at least a ½ tank of gas in your car.

  • Make sure when you drop off a friend or relative that they make it safely inside their home, car, work, etc… Make sure they do the same for you!

 

Dating:

  • Meet a new person at a public place.

  • Provide your own transportation.

  • Don’t abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Know your limit if you have alcohol with dinner.

  • Don’t feel obligated to stay on a date or in a place you are uncomfortable with. It is ok to end the date and leave.

  • Let a friend know who you are meeting, what time you’re meeting them, and where.

  • Don’t leave your drink unattended. (for casual drinking as well)

 

In buildings/restaurants etc...:

  • Don’t get in an elevator with someone if you feel uncomfortable. If you are already inside and you are made uncomfortable then get off at the next floor and catch the next one.

  • Know where your exits are and where they lead… Street? Lot? Garage? Lobby?

  • Sit so you are facing a door or opening.

  • Ask a staff member to walk you out or watch you if you are leaving alone or late at night.

 

These are a few things to consider when thinking about prevention. In Krav Maga we teach to de-escalate, get away from the danger, and only fight if you have to. However, there are certain situations in which you are better off fighting back immediately because it may be your only option. Stay tuned for part II where we discuss when to fight back and how. Thanks for reading and leave me your thoughts and comments about to blog.





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