Some Common Self Defence Tactics Every Women Should Know

It is true that the world can be a nasty and dangerous place especially if you are feeble and weak. This is why it’s important to have the ability to protect yourself in order to get a better shot at surviving scenarios where your own safety can be compromised.

All this is especially true if you are a woman. Despite the developments in our present-day society, you would think that we have evolved into a species where respect for one another–in all aspects–is a mutual thing. Unfortunately, it isn’t. When you are a woman, you are more prone to harassment and all sorts of attacks. Addition to this that society will generally view you as an easy target to get whatever they want.

I’m sure plenty of women can relate to being catcalled or physically harassed at some point of their lives. As women, we’re all too familiar with that sinking feeling when we walk through a dark alley or when we’re left alone somewhere. It’s as if a stranger is always hiding in a dark corner ready to attack any moment.

This is why women’s self defense is so important to learn. So we can better protect ourselves and break the stereotype of us women being weak and helpless.

Here are some self defense moves you can learn on your own to make sure that you can stand up to any attacker:

Wrist hold:

Some attackers just have the nerve to grab you on the wrists. In such a scenario, your best bet at fighting your attacker and defending yourself is a jiu-jitsu technique known as the wrist hold.

How to do it:

  • Try to get out of the hold by squatting down in a strong stance.
  • Lean forward
  • Bend your elbow towards the attacker, all the way to his forearm until he lets go of your wrist.

Important things to note when executing this move:

  • The first response when someone grabs your wrist is to pull it back.
  • Fight against this urge.
  • Proceed with the steps mentioned above.

Straight punch:

If someone in front of you poised himself as a threat be it physical or verbal and you want this person to get out of the personal space he’s invading, blowing a straight punch can prove to be very effective.

How to do it:

  • Push the ball of your foot
  • Thrust your hip
  • Blow your fist forward

Self defense coaches say that using this technique will help maximize your strength.

Important things to note when executing this move:

  • Avoid flipping up the elbows
  • The pointer finger together with the middle finger should be positioned a little forward when folded into a knuckle position.
  • Always aim the punch at vulnerable areas: eyes, nose, and throat.

Front and back choke hold:

This move is quite advanced and will need plenty of practice before being able to execute it properly. However, it can come in pretty handy in very risky situations. It’s well worth learning and practicing for.

How to do it:

  • Swing your good arm across to break an attacker’s hold.
  • Use your other arm’s elbow or hand in a knife strike position.
  • Repeatedly hit your attacker until you escape.

Important things to note when executing this move:

  • Bend your elbow
  • Get out of the wrist hold
  • Push upwards to break free

Bear hug:

This self defense tactic is from Krav Maga–a physical defense system officially used by Israeli Defense Forces. It is originally designed to help you in hand-to-hand combat or self-defense to give you a fighting chance at survival against grabs and holds. This technique is something you should do when someone grabs you from behind.

How to do it:

  • Drop your weight
  • Hit the attacker’s head using your elbows
  • Stomp his feet using your feet as hard as you can

If this step doesn’t work, here’s an alternative:

  • Pull the attacker’s fingers back
  • Continue pushing until he is forced to release you
  • Rotate out of his hold
  • Fight back using your knees and kicks

Important thing to note when executing this move:

  • Pulling back the attacker’s fingers is also effective in a choke hold.

Mount position:

This is a great self defense technique when you find yourself being pinned down by an attacker. This move is also from jiu-jitsu.

How to do it:

  • Hook onto your attacker’s wrist using your good hand
  • Use your other hand to grab the attacker behind his elbow
  • Trap his arm to your chest
  • Use your foot to trap his foot and leg
  • Lift your hips
  • Turn over onto your knees to reverse the situation and get on top of the attacker

These moves may seem complicated, but with practice, you will find that it’s very doable and can prove to save your life someday. Women’s self defense is indeed a crucial skill that is proven to be necessary. It’s important that we can help ourselves should help from others be unavailable.