Top 5 Self Defence Myths for Women Totally Busted by www.kravclasses.com
The internet is full of “common sense” hints and tips for protecting yourself. The problem is that common sense is not so common in many of these articles, so we wanted to help dispel the most common of the myths which we’ve come across.
Kelly’s Eye, number 1) You need big muscles and a black belt in the latest Kommando Karate System to be able to defend yourself
Self defence starts with avoiding and recognising the potential for danger. Try to avoid entering into a situation which results in the need to use physical force. Derr…. you might think that this is obvious but there are people reading this post believing that assaults only happen to bad people, just on T.V. or that “it’s not going to happen to me”. What we’re advocating is to avoid the places where problems are more likely to happen. Yes, even if this means a longer journey home or spending more money on a bus or taxi instead of walking by yourself through a secluded area.
One little duck, number 2) Avoid dark places
Guess what? Crimes occur during the day and at night. A good piece of advice is try to and avoid the places where you are secluded. Yes, a little paranoia but think like an attacker.
“Why would you want to ambush somebody and where would you do this?”
Get my drift, so avoid places that can make an attackers intentions easier for them to be carried out.
Cup of tea, number 3) Women are attacked because of their appearance
In the Grayson & Stein Study (1981), their research indicated that victims were more commonly selected on what the attacker thought they could get away with. Who would resist, who may fight back? To suggest that a women’s appearance will always cause an attack is victim blaming. Bad things do happen to good people, it’s not all Karma but as points 1 & 2 suggest. If you appear to be easier to mug or be over powered. Then a predator may think that it’s going to be simpler to get away it. Just remember that it is easier to run away when you’re not wearing heels.
Knock at the door, number 4) Grapple your attacker
This one scares me as MMA, Ju Jitsu and a host of T.V shows popularise a form of wrestling in a self-defence scenario. If you’re smaller than the attacker, you’ll probably both end up on the floor which puts you at least to 2 steps further away from being able to run.
You can survive with number 5) You will be disarmed
No! This is not an American post where you’ll carry a Taser, Magnum or knuckle duster in your purse. However, there are plenty of common objects that you can use to defend yourself such as keys, a bag or a chair. Show them that you’re not bluffing and whenever possible use any common object to help you create distance from the attacker. Distance is your friend.
Facing the possibility of being the target of a violent crime is frightening, but there’s no need to stop living the life you want. Although you cannot control every situation, we can learn to make smarter decisions, avoid unnecessary risks and if the worst does happen.
You’ll be glad that you learned how to “fight like a girl” and get to a safer place as soon as possible.