Every time you learn a new skill to a good level of competence, you give yourself options that you wouldn’t have had, and any one of them just might be your key to surviving a potential threat to life event one day. Personal Protection options steer us away from the physical, this is then supported with a tool box of hand-to-hand skills as our main foundational tools.
Some obvious Self Protection skills would include:
- Does my assailant have friends nearby? Could this become multiple attacker situation.
- Is this a bad area?
- Am I restricting my movement? Flat soled shoes I can’t run in. Jeans I can’t kick or knee in. A tight shirt I can’t strike in.
- Am I in a restricted area? A subway? A room with only 1 exit. A toilet cubicle. Many professional bouncers, when going to the toilet on the job lock themselves in the cubicle instead of using the urinal in case of an attack from behind.
Verbal Self Defence (talking someone down)
- Don’t answer a question with another question, escalating the situation.
- Correct use of body language. Non-combative & non-threatening.
- Take the conversation off in a different direction.
The ultimate progression for these said skills can be developed with realistic scenario training that will allow us to apply our skill under adrenaline based, replicated circumstance to prepare for a likely event.