Here’s the bad news – the criminals always have it easier. That’s just the way it is.
During a disaster or crisis, law enforcement will be busy dealing with many other
issues such as rescue efforts, etc. They’ll be short-staffed and since there will be
fewer patrols, law enforcement will laxer.
Most criminal acts are products of opportunity and this is as good an opportunity as
any for criminals. As human beings, we are generally a peaceful species. Most people
abhor violence and shy away from confrontation.
This immediately makes most people prey. There are people in our society who enjoy
the thrill of killing and/or do it because they are mentally unsound. There are
criminals who have zero qualms about beating you up and taking your property. Then
there are sick individuals who will rape and even kill the woman just so that they
They have no value for life and no fear of consequences. Since they’re the ones
committing the crimes, they often pick the time, place and victim that represents
the best opportunity.
Since they’re at an advantage from the get-go, the only way to level that advantage
and give yourself a fighting chance is to train like your life depended on it…
because it actually does.
In this article, you’ll discover a few self-defense tips that you’d be wise to
follow. These tips will give you an edge during a physical confrontation and if
push comes to shove and you need to fight for your life, the points below will
serve you well.
• Know the difference between self-defense and traditional martial arts:
The problem with traditional martial arts like Karate, Judo, etc. is that they are
rigid and take a long time to learn. While the expert practitioners are more than
capable of handling themselves, most people who do learn these arts still struggle
in a physical confrontation.
Doing horse stances and other fancy poses are unhelpful and people who think that
these moves will help them will probably find themselves getting beaten up by
criminals with no martial arts training whatsoever.
As a recommendation, you should join classes conducted by self-defense experts. Alternatively,
you could join Krav Maga classes or Kali/Eskrima or any type of close combat training
that favors the use of groin strikes, eye gouges and other techniques that are fast
and brutally effective.
In self-defense, the goal is survival and escape. You’re not interested in scoring
points on difficulty of execution or flashy moves. If a man is about to rape a woman,
she’ll have a better chance of escaping by stabbing him in the throat with a pen
rather than going into a karate cat stance as she waits to defend herself.
• Train in different clothes:
It’s easy to throw kicks and punches when you’re in a karate gi and you’re wearing
comfortable or no footwear. What happens if you’re wearing a tight dress that
restricts your kicks? What if you’re in heels?
When practicing at home, you want to train in different clothes so that you know what
your limitations are. You may need to kick off your shoes or hike your skirt up to
have more freedom to move.
If a woman is about to get raped, there is no time for modesty, decency and propriety.
If the bandage dress is restricting you and preventing you from kneeing your attacker
in the groin, you may have to hike it all the way up to your waist to execute the
move even if it means exposing your panties.
It’s either that or you end up being overpowered and raped. You’ll only know how
restrictive your clothes can be if you train in them. The same applies to men – the
baggy pants that you wear could restrict you too.
• Change up your training:
Train with different partners so that you can adapt to different people’s moves and
techniques. You should also practice in different locations – try sparring while
wearing ankle weights. Try being pinned down by two people in your self-defense class
and see how you react.
What about in a dark room that simulates an isolated parking lot? How about if your
opponent is shouting vulgarities at you? Many people are intimidated when they’re
being shouted at. How you train is how you fight – so train for every imaginable
Try self-defense in a small space with your practice partner and see how that works
for you. That’s what could happen if you get cornered in an elevator.
What if someone approaches you with a knife? Or a gun? You have to be ready for
Bear these 3 points in mind when you’re training. The more varied and practical
your training is, the better able you’ll be should you ever be in a situation where
you need to defend yourself. Train as often as you can till your reactions are
Your self-defense MUST be instinctive, and yet, strategic and effective during a
violent encounter. This will ensure your highest chances of survival.
Judo, Karate, knife, gun,