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They’d Better Think Twice: Lessons Of Effective Self-Defense

Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone was going to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life.


Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques.


Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.


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The first thing you do – push back!

As soon as the attacker touches you or it’s clear that escape isn’t possible, shout loudly and push back at him or her.

This does two things: it signals for help and it lets the attacker know you’re not an easy target. The video at left from Rob Redenbach, a former trainer of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards, shows why this is the first thing you need to do.


It may not dissuade all attackers, but getting loud will warn off those that were looking for easy prey.

How to effectively defense yourself

Use your elbows, knees, and head

Those are the parts of the body that are most sensitive when hit. Now here are the parts of the body used most effectively for inflicting damage: your elbows, knees, and head (they’re your body’s bony built-in weapons).


This video from Elite Defense Systems in IL explains how to defend yourself against three most common attacks by using these key body parts.

Use everyday objects

Everyday objects you carry around with you or things in your environment can also be used to your advantage as weapons. Hold a key or pen between your middle and ring finger while you’re walking home in the dark for more assurance.

Outdoors, you can toss some dirt or sand into your attacker’s eyes. Women are often told to spray perfume or hairspray into an assailant’s eyes. The point is, use what ever you can to make your defense stronger (for more inspiration, watch some Jackie Chan movies).

Leverage your weight

No matter what your size, weight, or strength is in relation to your opponent, you can defend yourself by strategically using your body and the simple law of physics. This is the principle behind martial arts systems like Jujitsu and other self-defense programs where a smaller person is able to defeat a larger one.

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Here are the best self-defense moves everybody can learn:

Wrist Hold

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is another school of self-defense, one that offers modified Jujitsu techniques that normal (or even weak) people can carry out.


This video from Gracie Academy shows what to do when an attacker has grabbed your wrist. Instead of pulling back to try to get out of the hold, squat down into a strong stance, then lean forward and bend your elbow towards him all the way towards his forearm until he can no longer hold onto your wrist.


Front and Back Choke Holds

Similarly, this video from Ford Models suggests bending your elbow in to get out of the wrist hold, but then pushing upwards to break free.


The video also offers techniques to get out of a front choke hold and a back choke hold: swing one arm across to break the attacker’s hold then use your other arm’s elbow or hand in a knife strike position to hit the attacker.

Bear Hug

Krav Maga is the official hand-to-hand self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, with techniques to defend against realistic grabs and holds.


This video shows a Krav Maga defense for when someone holds you from behind: drop your weight and try to hit his head with your elbows or stomp his feet with your feet. If that doesn’t work, pull his fingers back to force him to release you, rotate out of his hold, and attack him with your knees/kicks. (Pulling fingers is also an effective move in a choke hold in some cases).

Mount Position

If the attacker has you pinned on the floor, you can pivot to be on top with this Gracie Jiu-Jitsu technique.


Hook onto his wrist with one hand and use your other hand to grab behind his elbow, trapping his arm to your chest. Then use your foot to trap his foot and leg, lift your hips and turn over onto your knees to get on top.

And here are another 3 self-defense moves that can be very helpful:

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Domestic Violence

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