Self Defense Techniques
When it comes to self defense techniques, you need to know you have choices. Not everyone wants to use deadly force for self defense. Neither is everyone physically capable of warding off an attacker by hand. Use common sense to figure out what will be best for you and your family members. Seek professional advice if you are in doubt about how you can best protect yourself.
Let’s start by considering your individual needs. Ask yourself these questions;
Do you live in a high-crime area? What kind of crime is it, violent crime or mainly property crime? If you’re not as concerned about physical attack as you are about having your car stolen, that might suggest a few different approaches to self defense techniques.
What about where you work - are there any particular dangers or concerns at that location or to-and-from that location?
How about where you spend the majority of your time. Is it at home, at the jobsite, at school, or elsewhere? What are your different needs based upon you being in different locations?
Has anything happened to you or someone you know within the last year that has you thinking about self defense techniques? If so, you hopefully learned something about preparedness and possible self defense techniques because of that experience.
The reason you need to ask yourself these questions is that one self defense technique may be appropriate in some cases and not in others. Everyone’s situation is different so pay close attention to your own needs and plan accordingly.
If you can defend yourself reasonably well with your hands, that’s a good place to start. Consider looking into self defense courses offered in your local community. These are often taught at little or no cost and usually lead by a seasoned law enforcement officer or other knowledgeable instructor. Next, go visit your local self defense academy or martial arts school. If you prefer, call them and ask them to mail you some information then if you think this might be right for you, set a time to go meet the instructor and ask lots of questions.
Unfortunately no matter how well you can defend yourself with your bare hands, the bad guy may not let you get close enough to him/her for that to work.
Now before we get carried away imagining all the dangerous scenarios that could happen, (but probably won’t), just be realistic and practical. Use common sense. Make sure you seriously think about what kind of real threats could affect you or your family and what kind of self defense techniques could help you. Always keep in mind your own unique needs and circumstances. Read this paragraph again.
If you spend most of your time in your home, first make sure your have solid and secure doors and windows, with secure locks on all of them. Do you have storm doors on the front and back main entrances? These provide some level of protection and safety if they are sturdy and can be locked tightly. What about your garage? Can someone get in there and then enter your home easily?
Do you have a dog? Will it bark when an intruder is poking around your house or yard? Dogs are one of the best burglar alarms there are if they bark at disturbances.
Many law enforcement officials will tell you to only consider taking stronger measures such as owning a firearm if you are willing to accept the responsibility that comes with gun ownership, and that you are willing and able to learn how to use a firearm safely and effectively.
Because of the serious nature of firearm ownership, we’ve devoted more to that topic at the Firearms page
If we think our home is pretty secure, that’s good. If not, make it more secure. If you need help, ask your local law enforcement office to have an officer stop by for a look around your home. They can spot problems in an instant and have recommendations specific to your home and situation.
You may also want to consider getting some type of alarm system. If interested in learning more, do some research first on what types of features/costs different companies offer. Learn exactly what the contract terms and costs are before you call someone to come to your home.
After you have considered all these things and examined your own personal situation, review the following suggestions;
1. Make your home as secure as it can be. Put yourself in burglar’s shoes for awhile. Walk around the outside of your home and ask yourself this; “If I were a burglar, how would I get into this building?” You might be surprised to see how obvious the answer is thus pointing out a security problem that needs fixing and providing some peace of mind knowing you will be safer.
2. Go to your local sporting goods store and purchase a few containers of “Pepper Spray”. This is also known as OC Spray and is readily available for self defense purposes. It is also commonly used as an animal repellant against dogs and bears. When sprayed at an attacker it can temporarily disable them giving you a chance to get away. It mainly affects the eyes and usually causes temporary blindness. -This is a good time to point out that often times it’s best to RUN away if you can versus trying to stay and fight.
Buy an extra can and practice using it in a safe area of your backyard, or some other open space so that you know how to operate the nozzle and how it feels using it BEFORE you actually have to use it in a real emergency.
Use extreme caution not to let the spray get on your skin, especially not anywhere near your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Keep a small can in your purse if you happen to carry one. Don’t leave them laying around and certainly not where a child or anyone else can reach them. Don’t leave them in a vehicle in high heat conditions like during the summer. The extreme heat may cause them to explode inside your car… or inside your purse that you put in the trunk of the car.
3. If you must drive through dangerous areas, consider taking another route if you can. Sometimes the shortest route is not the safest. If you can’t take a safer route, don't travel at times when you are the only car on the road in these areas. If your car does break down, use your cell phone and call for help immediately. Stay in your car with the doors locked and the windows rolled up. If you are approached by someone who tries to get into your vehicle, lay on the vehicle horn. This may scare off a would-be attacker. Lastly, if you are genuinely concerned about an area you have to drive through regularly and you are legally able to do so, consider carrying a firearm. See the Firearms page for more information.
The bottom line is that you need to decide for yourself exactly what self defense techniques will be best for you. If you need some help deciding, talk to your local law enforcement officials or other knowledgeable professionals and ask for advice.