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Self Defence Tips

These are some great tips on how you can defend yourself in situations, these top 10 tips will give you an overview on how to handle yourself and will provide you the confidence to manage a situation as and when it arises.

1. Improve your body language

Walk and move with confidence by standing tall with your chin up and shoulders back. When you walk with your shoulders back, your lungs receive more oxygen and you’ll be able to better see your surroundings.

2. Use your eye contact

Eye contact is a powerful thing and by making eye contact with someone, you’re letting them know that you’re aware they’re there. Avoiding eye contact can show that you’re intimidated and attackers may see you as an easier target.

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3. Go with your gut instinct

Focus on how you respond in different situations and learn to read your body’s cues – these cues make up what we call our ‘gut instinct’ and they’re not often wrong. If you’re in a situation where you need to defend yourself, trust your intuition.

4. Be aware of your environment

One of the reasons it’s so important to stand up straight with your shoulders back and head up is so that you can be aware of what’s going on around you. If you see a potential danger, you can avoid it or be prepared to defend yourself. Stick to well-lit areas, don’t get distracted scrolling through Instagram and look for exits or alternate paths.

5. Negotiate out of a situation

Be confident and practise what you’d say if you had to talk your way out of a potential situation. Mentioning that you have friends and family nearby, or talking on the phone to someone and letting them know exactly where you are can create a deterrence for your would-be attacker.

6. Learn safe boundaries

If a potential attacker comes into your personal space, don’t be reluctant to take action. It’s important to have safe boundaries and when someone makes you feel uncomfortable or uneasy.

7. Use your voice

One of your most valuable assets when it comes to self-defence is your voice. Take a deep breath and yell ‘NO’ or ‘STOP’ as loudly as you can. Not only will this draw attention to your situation and potentially get you help, but it can also startle the offender. Using your voice can also improve your breathing pattern, focus and strength – all of which can help you escape.

8. Make it difficult

Get light on your feet and move around as much as possible – try not to be a deer caught in headlights. If there is more than one attacker, pick one to focus on and move around using them as a shield between you and the other attacker. If you’re on the floor, roll around and use your body as a dead weight – this makes it so much harder for someone to move you.

9. Know vital target areas

Know which areas of the offender’s body to target. Some of the most common sensitive areas to aim for (with a punch, kick or scratch) include eyes, ears, temples, nose, throat, groin and knees.

10. Learn self-defence

The best way to learn how to physically defend yourself is to head to a self-defence class. Not only is it a great way to meet other people, get fit and have fun, but you’ll learn practical tips and tricks that will leave you feeling more confident if you ever feel threatened.

When it comes to looking after yourself, it’s important to remember that size doesn’t always matter. If your attacker is larger and stronger than you, use what you DO have to your advantage. Whether it’s your voice, your agility or your wit, keep calm and stay confident.

If you are looking for self defence classes in the Leeds area or virtually, then speak to a member of our team for more information.