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Self Defense Tips – Be Aware of Your Surroundings Walking to Your Vehicle

Being aware of your surroundings as you are walking to your vehicle is one of the most important things in your day-to-day life to protect yourself and avoid a self defense situation. If you park in a garage where you work and are assigned a space, become aware of the vehicles parked around your vehicle. If possible, get to know the other vehicle owners. New friends are always a positive thing in your life. You will be more conscious of an out of place vehicle or person in your area if you know those who should be there at any given time.
Have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle. Taking time to find your keys when you reach the vehicle presents an opportunity for an attack. If you feel you are being followed as you walk to your vehicle, do not go to your vehicle. Continue to a populated area and summon help. It might seem like a good idea to get in the vehicle and lock the doors but if an assailant has some type of weapon they could smash a window and you would be in an undesirable position to defend yourself.
When and where possible back your vehicle into parking spaces. This allows for a quick getaway if the need arises. It also gives you an opportunity to check backup lights, brake lights, turn signals, etc. if there is a wall behind your vehicle. It also allows you a clear view to see if someone is approaching your vehicle after you have gotten into the vehicle. It is much easier to see out the windshield than it is out of the rearview mirrors.
These same ideas apply if you park in an open area or a garage at your place of residence or at the local shopping mall or grocery store. Self defense is an ongoing process of awareness of the situation you are currently in. The more you are able to be aware of your surroundings the better you can protect yourself, your property and others.…

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How Badly Taught Military Self Defense Can Cause You Problems

When you hear the term ‘military self defense’ you automatically think of Green Berets dismantling an attacker with precision moves that an ordinary person could never learn. To be honest, no regular citizen will be able to fight like a marine or soldier because they have years and in some cases decades of training behind them. Yet you have instructors trying teach some of these martial arts techniques in the same way as it would be taught to a military person which is completely wrong. As already stated, these men and women are physically elite so what is taught to them is not applicable to 99% of the population. While this doesn’t mean that the techniques they learn are redundant, it is clear that there are problems with the way they are taught.
The first issue with military self defense as it is often taught is the fact that it focuses on speed and strength above all else. Once again, military personnel are exceptional in both departments, trying to teach an average Joe these maneuvers that are based on you being as strong as your opponent is foolish. Generally speaking, if you are being attacked randomly there is a very good chance that your assailant will be physically stronger than you. Thugs generally don’t go around picking on strong guys because they are cowards at heart and want a confidence boosting exercise which involves beating up weaker people.
Some teachers decide to teach you how to use weapons which is definitely a good idea. However, they overemphasize their importance. Rather than focusing on the person who is the real problem, they keep their eyes firmly on the weapon, seeing it as the be all and end all of the confrontation. If someone attacks you with a knife, obviously your first goal should be to avoid their initial attack and find a way to get that weapon out of their hands. There are several martial arts techniques that can help you with this. Yet once you succeed in disarming them, they are still there, ready and willing to hurt you in some other way. The focus should always on defeating the attacker, not their weapon.
There are many military self defense techniques that can have lethal consequences. Sometimes situations occur when fatalities happen. If a thug attacks you with a gun or knife or a group of people come after you, the ferocity of your defense could accidentally kill someone. While that is more the fault of the legal system, the fierceness of this training presents trainees with another problem. Knowledge of the effectiveness of military techniques could actually cause you to hold back which results in you getting badly hurt. It is necessary to find an instructor who can teach you how to defend effectively without getting in legal trouble.
If you are learning martial arts techniques fused with the expertise of military training, be careful if you ever get involved in a confrontation. Being too fierce or holding back could spell danger whilst focusing on things like strength and the opponent’s weapon should be discarded in favor of learning solid technique.…

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Verbal Skills of Self Defense

Your aim with self defense should be to avoid confrontational situations altogether. Being aware of your surroundings and the people in it is key to this. However, there could be a time when you find yourself in a situation where someone is being verbally aggressive towards you.
Part of your training should include developing verbal skills to enable you to defuse this sort of aggressive behaviour before it escalates. Being able to successfully use these skills will help to prevent a potential aggressor from launching into a physical attack.
Generally a person being verbally aggressive towards you is doing so to “size you up”, they are trying to determine whether or not you are going to be easy prey. Their language is aimed to intimidate you and to try and get you to fall into their script.
They are looking to see if you become passive, fearful, timid and/or nervous. These signs show the aggressor that you are probably going to be an easy target.
Now there are times when you may want to use this type of behaviour as a deceptive strategy, however this carries a higher level of risk. The best course of action is to avoid showing these outward signs. Internally you may be fearful and afraid, but it is important that externally you appear focused, confident, relaxed and ready.
Some situations can start with as little as eye contact. You could be in a busy bar or club and inadvertently make eye contact with someone. Next thing you know they are right up in your face saying “What the f*** are you looking at?” It is important to remember you aim here is de-escalation. Do not get caught up emotionally on what is going on. Try using closed statements rather than questions or open sentences. Simply replying with “nothing”, or “I wasn’t looking at you” will probably lead to a continuation of this aggressive behaviour.
At Practical Self Protection we are committed to, and focus on, reality based self defense training. We focus on state of the art techniques and training methods that give you immediate results.…

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Learn Martial Arts at Home – Learn Realistic Self Defense Without the Hassle of Classes

You probably have a pretty complicated life. Between work and family commitments it can be hard to pursue other activities that are important to you. Nothing is more important to you than your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Since this is something that is so important you need to find a martial arts course that allows you to learn self defense without having to drive back and forth to classes.
Learn Martial Arts at Home
Some people might think that you have to attend regular classes with a black belt instructor to learn how to really fight. That is simply not true. Realistic self defense is all about learning simple, easy to execute techniques that injure your attacker and get you, or your loved ones, out of harm’s way. You don’t have to do any back-flips or scream like an extra in a bad kung-fu movie, you need common sense, yet brutal self defense tactics that can be learned quickly.
Karate Class Alternatives
Instead of heading down to the local strip mall and plopping down a bunch of cash for ineffective lessons, consider an alternative way – learning martial arts at home. There are online self defense lessons that allow you to learn the brutal techniques that will stop your opponent cold in his tracks. You don’t want anything fancy, just the stuff that works. That is exactly what the high quality online self defense classes teach. No frills, no jumps and no blood curdling screams. Just high impact, effective techniques that can help you take out a potentially dangerous attacker.
The Choice is All Yours
If you want to pay a lot of money and spend years earning different degrees of colored belts, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But if you want the realistic, cutting edge training that allows you to unleash devastatingly powerful self defense techniques, you may want to consider a course that allows you to learn martial arts at home.…

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Self Defense Tip – Install Additional Locking Devices on Windows For Home Self Defense

Installing additional locking devices on windows and sliding glass doors in your residence is an inexpensive and effective way to defend yourself. Most windows and sliding doors come with locking mechanisms but they are not really designed for self defense. They are merely designed for low end use. If you have a dog or cat door between the sliding glass door and the wall the locking mechanisms are sometimes even less effective.
One of the least expensive window locking devices is a wooden dowel. A wooden dowel is quite effective as well. Purchase a length of dowel from the local hardware store or use an old broom handle, wooden or metal. Cut the dowel to the desired length and lay it in the channel the window or sliding glass door runs through. This works best with windows that move horizontally from left to right or vice versa.
Make sure the dowel is large enough in diameter that the window does not pass over it. Also make sure the dowel is not easily breakable when the window or sliding door is forcefully pushed against it. That would defeat the whole purpose of having it there in the first place. Do not make the length so long that it is difficult to put in or get out. But do not make it short enough to let the dog or the kids out without removing it. Again, if it is too short, it defeats the purpose of having it there.
Vertical windows typically require installing a true manufactured window lock. Obviously there are many sliding glass door and window locks on the market. Both vertical and horizontal window locks and sliding door locks are available in many price ranges. The most important thing to keep in mind when purchasing a window lock is how easy they are to open in the event of an emergency or self defense scenario.…

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Martial Arts Self Defense Techniques – 2 Self Defense Techniques to Escape a Head Lock

A head lock is one of the most intimidating and most excruciating ways to be attacked. The attacker can apply enough force to quickly render a victim unconscious or break the neck. One needs to be able to escape a head lock very quickly. In this article we will discuss two self defense techniques to escape from a head lock.
Martial arts practitioners learn to escape a variety of holds and grabs. Oftentimes the more force that is applied to a technique the higher degree of success. Speed of implementation of the technique is also required. The longer an attacker is able to be in control the more a victim can be injured. Once released the victim should counter attack or flee.
One martial arts self-defense technique involves just the fingers. If the headlock is applied with the attacker’s right arm, the victim can raise their left arm up the back of the attacker until the face is located. Place two fingers under the assailant’s nose and pull back forcefully. There is a pressure point directly under the nose that when pulled in this way can cause intense pain. An alternative is to drive the fingers into the aggressor’s eyes.
Most headlocks leave the defender on one side of the attacker. A second martial arts self defense technique is to step in front of the attacker and strike them in any of the vulnerable parts of the body. Punches should be aimed at the solar plexus, diaphragm or groin. Foot kicks and knee kicks should be aimed at the legs, shins or knees of the assailant. The victim can use the heel of their foot to stomp the top of the attacker’s foot.…