What Every Woman Needs to Know About Self Defense
When it comes to criminals, they usually choose targets that are weaker and smaller than themselves. That is why so many times women and the elderly are the targets of a criminal attack. Many articles have been written lately showing how different towns and cities are educating their women and children and the elderly on how to defend themselves should they find themselves the target of an attack. For instance, I found a recent article in an Idaho newspaper that read : taken from KPVI News 6 from East Idaho
In the United States every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten. In just Idaho Falls there were 142 aggravated assaults reported in 2010 and projections show that in 2013 there will be an increase to 187. The Apple Athletic Club held a free self-defense workshop for women this past Saturday and plans to hold another next weekend. Summer Joy stopped by to learn what women can do to prevent an assault and to get the details about the class.
One of the first things women can do to help prevent an assault is to be aware of your surroundings. Walk with confidence, park under a light, let family or friends know where you are or when you plan to be home.
“Once you’re in a car and someone is behind you, it’s almost over already. You need to be aware of when you open your car, does your light come on or if anything is out of place, you just have to be aware,” said Jeremy Hebard, an Instructor at the Apple for Military Taekwondo, Grappling, Kendo, and Tai Chi/Qigong.
If you are confronted, Hebard says, don’t be nice, its self-defense and you do whatever you need to, to get away.
Hebard says if you fall try and get up as fast as possible and if you carry any kind of weapon on you make sure you
practice and are familiar with it.
“The more you are aware, then the more prepared you are for it and remember you need to practice techniques or get involved at a martial arts class. It doesn’t matter if it’s with me or someone else. It’s about teaching us how to defend ourselves, it’s not a safe world,” said Hebard.
Hebard ends by encouraging women to try and avoid dangerous situations, practice self-defense often, and remember there are no rules when your life is in danger, do or use anything necessary to survive and escape.
We at Best Protection try to bring you the best and the latest in self-defense information at all times. The most important rule is to try to remain calm so you can think as clearly as possible. As the article stated-if you do carry a personal protection weapon, practice so you know how to use it before you find yourself in a dangerous situation. If you carry pepper spray, you may want to check out our inert sprays we offer at Best Protection that are safe to use and offer practice on how to use the pepper sprays effectively.
Whatever you choose to carry, we hope you are never a victim, but if you do find yourself in a dangerous situation, know the ways to protect yourself and carry a personal defense weapon at all times so you are able to defend yourself the best way possible.