Abuse

Awareness as a Self-defense Weapon

To have Awareness of your surroundings is the starting point of good self-defense.

In the United States today there are over 750,000 registered sex offenders, and it is my opinion that every woman and every child should receive some form of formal training in self-defense. 

Not all is about fitness. Staying safe should also play and important roll in our daily lives. 

Don’t let yourself be an easy target :

  • STOP texting while walking to your car, or in an empty parking lot. 
  • STAND in the back of an elevator after entering, and greet every person in the elevator cab or getting into the cab. 
  • LET any stranger be aware that you noticed him or her by nodding your head; also, make direct eye contact. For an attacker, the avoidance of eye contact is a sign of weakness -makes you seem easy prey.
  • MAKE sure your to use body language that makes it evident you know that person is there. 
  • WALK with confidence, tall and straight. Also, talk with confidence -saying Hello to a stranger is further evidence to an attacker that you are fully aware of his/her presence.
  • BE alert, always.

“Be Aware Now, to Not Regret Later”

YOUR VOICE AS A SELF DEFENSE WEAPON

“The voice consists of sounds made by a human being using the vocal folds for talking, reading, singing, laughing, crying, screaming, etc. The human voice is specifically a part of human sound production system, in which the vocal folds (vocal cords) are the primary sound source.” -Wikipedia.

If you find yourself in a situation where applying self-defense techniques are needed, using a strong tone of voice plays a very important role in addition to using your Defensive Tactics. With your voice, you can enable awareness in others, signaling that you are under a threat and your attacker may think twice about his/her actions against you -or even retrieve.

Let’s picture a situation: you are walking and someone is walking towards you and you don’t know that person and you sense something is going to happen to you; by greeting that person and acknowledging him/her a simple “hello” may save you from being attacked. In another situation where you feel threatened where someone grabs, or holds you against your will, by saying something in a firm, loud and strong tone of voice: “get away from me stranger“, “I don’t know you“, “leave me alone“, can be as effective as a punch or a kick.

Your voice: transforms fear into anger, keeps you breathing, signals bystanders you need help, signals your attackers you’re not a victim, and it indicates who the defender is.

Remember to use your Voice as a Weapon as well.

Self Defense

“In the United States, stand-your-ground law states that an individual has no duty to retreat from any place they have lawful right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death”.

You have the right to be any where you want, at the time you want, nobody under any circumstance has the right to Bully, Attack or Abuse you; you have the right to defend yourself, your family and others, if that was the case.

Self Defense: An attack is initiated toward you and puts you in a position of disadvantage.

What to do?

  • Identify the threat ( bear hug, choke, head lock, etc ).
  • React to the threat violently ( elbow strikes, knee strikes, head butt, etc ).
  • Disengage from the threat ( look for multiple attackers, look for weapons of opportunity, and for escape routes ).

Remember be aware and do not, under any circumstance, allow anyone the right to Bully, Attack or Abuse you.