Self-Defense Options for All Ages

When you think of self-defense, what comes to mind? Self-defense is very important in life, there are lot of people who think that self-defense is only for college students or single women who need to defend themselves from threatening situations. Well, this is not true actually because everyone, including men, need to learn self-defense.

In the U.S., there are close to 1 million aggravated assaults every year, and a violent crime occurs about every 20 seconds.

Some folks interested in protecting themselves from the unpredictable have a concealed carry license and don’t go anywhere without a gun. A lot more people have guns in their homes but never take them outside unless they’re headed to a shooting range.

But we need to be able to protect ourselves when in public because you never know when someone around us might become violent and attack us or a loved one or friend. Or an innocent bystander.

That’s why it’s good to know some self-defense tactics. And it’s a very good idea to make sure our children and grandchildren become skilled in self-defense as well.

Self-Defense is more than knowing how to fight back again a physical attack.

Classes encourage you to think in terms of options and choices, develops your awareness and assertiveness skills and provides practice for physical self-defense techniques. A good self-defense class will expand the way you think about violence prevention, help you deal with your fears and enable you to feel more empowered in your life.

Self-defense helps to prepare you for unexpected situations and also helps develop increased mental and physical health. By learning the basics, you can help prepare yourself for dangerous and unforeseen circumstances.

Martial arts training is growing in popularity, especially as random acts of violence are on the rise. And for kids, bullying can be a big problem, both physically and emotionally.

Nobody wants to walk around scared all the time, and martial arts is a great way to gain confidence.

In fact, confidence is a top reason for taking self-defense classes, as well as:

  • Improve balance
  • Develop self-discipline
  • Improve physical conditioning
  • Improve situational awareness
  • Learn self-respect
  • Develop faster reflexes and focus
  • Help set goals.

Among the things you will learn in some self-defense classes are the pain points you can take advantage of if you’re attacked. They include:

  • Eye gouge, with your thumbs
  • Nose strike, with the palm of your hand
  • Ear strike, with the cup of your hand
  • Throat strike, with your open hand or fist
  • Groin strike, with your fist, knee or foot
  • Knee strike, with your foot
  • Shin kick, with your toes up.

While it’s important to learn self-defense skills regardless of your age, the best way to deal with a physical confrontation is to avoid it. Now, that’s not always possible, but nine times out of 10 it’s better to walk away from a potential fight than to provoke one.

Whenever possible…

  • Avoid high-crime areas.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous people.
  • Don’t escalate verbal disagreements.
  • Wear clothing that allows you to move quickly.
  • Don’t flaunt money or possessions.

For those who don’t want to carry a gun or can’t for one reason or another, other defense weapons can be considered. Among them are pocket knives, tactical pens or flashlights, pepper spray or mace, and stun guns.

But there could be legal ramifications for using any weapon, so think through that type of defense carefully before you commit to carrying one.

Here’s the bottom line – Do everything you can to avoid becoming a victim.

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