Self defense techniques for women are various ways we can defend ourselves without having to study a martial art.
Always be aware of what is going on around you. Actively look around you. Keep your eyes moving, scanning the area. This one self defense technique may be all it takes to deter an attacker. They are looking for victims who are not paying attention- looking at the ground or a sell phone. Listen to for things you can’t see- footsteps coming up behind you, shuffling behind a vehicle/corner etc. The perps like to see head phones in your ears- easier to sneak up on you.
Trust your intuition. If your gut feeling is bad about something- heed it-even if you can’t explain it.
Personal alarms can be a helpful tool for women to carry without the risk of becoming weapons to be used against us. Once activated these devices emit a piercing sqeal that can be heard for quite a distance.
To assist an elbow strike, simply make a fist with the same hand as elbow and grasp the fist with your other hand. This is really effective is someone is against your back, perhaps crowding/trapping you or preparing to grab you around your waist. Of course, once the waist grab is completed an elbow strike will not longer be the technique of choice.
Most of the hand and foot techniques demonstrated on this website were moves I learned in TaeKwonDo. Use you entire torso to “throw” your elbow. Twist at the waist and pivot your shoulders as you strike with your elbow. Throw your elbow back and up if your attacker is your same height or smaller, to connect with the head/face/throat. Throw it straight back if taller to connect with the ribs/belly.
Another part of your body that can be used as a weapon would be your foot-either one, of course. Kicking would be the best deployment of the foot. There are many decent targets on your attacker to aim for which I cover in pressure points.
My advise- keep it low. I have no doubt some of you are flexible enough to kick to the face, but it takes too long and if he grabs your foot on the way up, well, YIKES!
Kicking to the front or sides of the knees will disable the bad guy. There’s always the perennial favorite, the groin. Horse kicking to the rear to either of these areas can also be effective, but try not to kick blindly- again your leg could be grabbed and, again, YIKES!
A knee strikes can be powerful and effective, but you have to be close for it to work. If you were grabbed around the waist, face to face, a knee driven right up between his legs would probably distract him long enough to loosen his grip. You can’t be nice here- aim for his heart.
Your hands can also perform self defense techniques. A tightly rolled fist or a palm thrust to the face/nose or throat. Fingers can gouge eyes, pull ears and hair and twist pinky fingers. As women we must think and react quickly. Very likely our attacker is larger and physically stronger than us. We’ll need to use the element of surprise as part of our overall defense. We have to use all of our strength, committing ourselves to saving our life! You may only get one chance.
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