5 Steps to Womens Self Defense
By Roy Allen
A woman is raped every 46 seconds in the United States. That means that you
need to consider womens self defense skills to keep yourself safe.
To combat rape and increase your fighting chances, arm yourself with these
1. Recognize when you are being "tested" or "interviewed" and break away
immediately. Predators often test a woman's boundaries to gain proximity and
size up her defenses. They test you to see how close they can get and then how
much closer. Do not enable this progression. Take control and put an end to this
as quickly as you can. In some cases, that may mean yelling and running away
from an attacker. In other cases, it may mean establishing reasonable behavior
from a coworker or another man you already know.
2. Good womens self defense dictates that you take the first opening you get
when faced with an attacker. You may not get a second chance. Rape can abruptly
escalate to a more violent, life-threatening attack. The instant your attacker
fumbles with clothing, changes positions or shifts his weight, puts down a
weapon, places his hands on your torso, or prepares to strike or use a
weapon attack. Some rapists initially establish dominance or force women
into harrowing positions. Instead of ineffectually struggling against brute
strength, relaxing the body can help create explosive opportunity. Going limp
often makes it easier to spring.
3. Attack vulnerable regions. To commit a rape, an offender's face or groin
will likely be in your strike zone at some point. Viciously attack whatever he
sticks out. Womens self defense means you can use dirty tactics: bite, gouge,
seize-and-squeeze, slam, pound and pummel. Use your hips and legs to get your
attacker off of you. A woman's legs are her strongest natural weapons but you
may have to free them first. If an attacker is lying on or straddling your hips,
plant a foot and heave or buck him off, or trap his lower leg and roll (to aid
such displacement, simultaneously attack the face). Remember: your goal is to
facilitate escape, not force him into submission.
4. Never allow yourself to be tied up or taken to a secondary crime scene
such as forced into a vehicle or dragged behind a building. The statistics are
grim. At a second, more isolated location, an assailant will have far more
control over you.
5. Womens self defense experts say never give up.
Another opening or stroke of luck may present itself. The body is more resilient
than we think. Plenty of women have been cut or shot but live to tell the story.
About the Author
Roy Allen's concern for women's safety arose from conversations with friends and families. Your Protection First carries quality womens self defense items. Be aware, be prepared.
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