What is self defense ?
Self–defense is a defense based on justification that allows a defendant to use physical force to protect himself or herself from injury or death.
Self Defense for Women
Every day it seems there is yet another report of a woman being attacked in some way. Whether it’s a robbery or sexual assault, women are victimized regularly. The statistics can be frightening sometimes, but they all point to one fact: most women are not properly armed to defend themselves. And no, this doesn’t mean that every woman needs to carry around pepper spray or a handgun (though those are an option). This simply means more women need to take the opportunity to learn self-defense.
Best Self Defense Weapons for Women
- Pepper Spray Bracelet
- Pen Knife
- Self Defense Key Chain
- Stun Gun and Taser
Pepper Spray Bracelet: This is one of the highly recommend weapons for women. Although it looks very small, it has an immediate effect on an attacker. The most advantageous part is its hidden nature. An adjustable silicone wristband cleverly hides toner cartridges. You can easily carry it while travelling and strolling and charge it 3 to 6 times. It can cover 3 feet around you.
Pen Knife: A pen knife is a specific type of knife hidden inside a pen body. It is very clever in its appearance. It has a working pen on one end and a narrow sharp knife blade on the other end. You can easily protect you from an attacker.
Handgun: A handgun is probably the greatest self-defense tool created ever. Even a very weak woman can easily defend her from an attacker if she has a small training of using it.
Self Defense Key Chain: There are some awesome self-defense key chains including a sharp knife to use in your need. The Wild Kat design is more popular than the others.
Stun Gun and Taser: Stun guns and tasers can sometimes become very effective tools to defend an attacker. Although some people think it is an effective non-lethal self-defense weapon for women, it is not enough to completely defeat the attacker. It can give you a boomerang effect if an attacker takes it away from you. Therefore, it is safe when you can use it for your self-defense purposes
8 Techniques every woman should know for self-defense
- Hammer strike
- Groin kick
- Heel palm strike
- Elbow strike
- Alternative elbow strikes
- Escape from a ‘bear hug attack’
- Escape with hands trapped
- Exemption from side headlock
Escape from side headlock: When the attacker locks their arm around your head from the side, your first instinct should be to avoid getting choked.
- Turn into the attacker’s side as much as possible to avoid being choked.
- With your hand that’s furthest away, strike the groin with open-handed slaps until you have enough mobility to turn your head all the way out to disengage
Escape with hands trapped: If your attacker comes from behind and traps your arms (this is similar to a bear hug, but you won’t be able to move as freely), here’s what to do:
- First reaction should be to stop your attacker’s arms from going higher into a headlock. Shift your hips to one side. This gives an opening for strikes to the groin with open-handed slaps.
- Bring your hand back up to your arms and raise your opposite elbow to turn into the wrap. Keep your arms tight to your chest as you’re turning in.
- Stay aggressive with your knees and other counterattacks until you can disengage.
Escape from a ‘bear hug attack’: For cases where the attacker is coming from behind, you’ll want to use this move. Focus on getting low and creating space to free yourself.
- Bend forward from the waist. This shifts your weight forward, making it more difficult for your attacker to pick you up. It also gives you a better angle to throw elbows from side to side to the attacker’s face.
- Turn into the attacker with one of your elbows and continue counterattacking.
- This should give you space to turn fully, using another move to injure the face or strike the groin. With the space these moves have created, you may be able to escape and run away.
Alternative elbow strikes: Depending on how you’re standing when you’re initially attacked, you may be in a better position for variations on the elbow strike.
To perform from the front:
- Lift your elbow to shoulder height.
- Pivot on same-side foot and allow your hips to rotate, creating more momentum into the front part of your elbow when you strike.
To perform from the side and back:
- Make sure you see the target.
- Bring your elbow up and pivot your opposite foot, rotating your hips and turning into the target, making contact with the back part of your elbow.
Elbow strike: If your attacker is in close range and you’re unable to get enough momentum to throw a strong punch or kick, use your elbows.
- If you can, stabilize yourself with a strong core and legs to ensure a powerful blow.
- Bend your arm at the elbow, shift your weight forward, and strike your elbow into your attacker’s neck, jawline, chin, or temple. These are all effective targets.
- This may cause your attacker to loosen their grip, allowing you to run.
Heel palm strike: This move can cause damage to the nose or throat. To execute, get in front of your attacker as much as is possible.
- With your dominant hand, flex your wrist.
- Aim for either the attacker’s nose, jabbing upward from the nostrils, or underneath the attacker’s chin, jabbing upward at the throat.
- Make sure to recoil your strike. Pulling your arm back quickly will help thrust the attacker’s head up and back.
- This will cause your attacker to stagger backward, allowing you to escape their grasp.
Groin kick: If someone is coming at you from the front, a groin kick may deliver enough force to paralyze your attacker, making your escape possible.
- Stabilize yourself as best you can.
- Lift your dominant leg off the ground and begin to drive your knee upward.
- Extend your dominant leg, drive hips forward, slightly lean back, and kick forcefully, making contact between your lower shin or ball of your foot and the attacker’s groin area.
Hammer strike: Using your car keys is one of the easiest ways to defend yourself. Don’t use your fingernails, because you’re more at risk to injure your hands. Instead, if you feel unsafe while walking at night, have your keys stick out from one side of your fist for hammer strikes.
- Hold your key ring in a tight fist, like holding a hammer, with keys extending from the side of your hand.
- Thrust downward toward your target.