Easy ways to defend yourself even if you have no athletic ability and regardless of your age, gender or fitness level.
Learning how to protect yourself and your loved ones is the most valuable life skills you can have. You won’t know how much you need self-defense training until you actually need it – and then it’s too late.Many people insure their cars, houses and even appliances; but most will never invest in their most valuable possession – themselves.
So why is that? Why do people not learn this valuable skill? The key reason is that people believe that learning self-defense is difficult or that they have to have special athletic abilities. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason why most people believe that self-defense is difficult is because they do not really understand what self-defense is. So without further ado, let’s dive into it and learn what self-defense is all about and how you can stay safe
Lesson 1: What is Self-Defense?
Lesson 2: Common myths about self-defense
Lesson 3: How to know when a bad guy is about to attack you?
Lesson 4: How to be ready for the attack
Lesson 5: Defending against the most common attack
Most attackers have zero training. When they attack they use basic attacks and it is very common to see swinging motions. Whether the attacker is throwing a haymaker punch or using a machete to try and take your head off, the swinging action is often the way they try to accomplish their goals.
Lesson 6: Easy to learn strikes anyone can do
In a self-defense situation it is critical to use offensive techniques. Just relying on defenses and escapes is a flawed way of thinking. The best defense is often a good offense. Here are three easy to learn strikes that are highly effective and that require no special martial arts skills or repetitive training.
Lesson 7: The bad guy has a knife
The knife is the most common weapon used by criminals. It is cheap and freely available. It is also easily concealed, you do not need a special permit to buy one and it is highly effective.
Knife attacks can be classified as threats and attacks. A threat is where the knife is used to intimidate the victim to do something. An attack is where the attacker is actively attacking the victim i.e. stabbing the victim. Criminals often use knives to intimidate their victims into doing what they want them to do. This is where you need to act appropriately by establishing the attackers intent. If the motive is to rob you, the safest course of action is to give up your material possessions. You can always insure and replace possessions, but you cannot replace your life. However, if the attacker tells you to get into his car, the motive is no longer material possessions. He wants to take you to a different location where he can do with you what he wants. Your life is at stake. You have to fight.
An attacker needs to close the distance for the knife to be effective. This means that the earlier you can spot the pre-attack indicators and avoid the situation by creating distance or escaping the situation, the higher the likelihood that the attack will fail and that the attacker will seek out another victim.
However, it is not always possible to spot the pre-attack indicators and the attacker may ambush you. Now you have two options. You can try to foil the attack by placing objects between yourself and the attacker to make it more difficult to reach you, or you have to use physical self-defense techniques.
In C.O.B.R.A. we believe that defending against a weapon involves the following steps:
- Clear the weapon i.e. take it away from the area where it can do most harm.
- Anchor the weapon so that the attacker cannot effectively use it.
- Extract the weapon from the attackers hands.
- Counter attack to incapacitate the attacker.
- Escape to a safe location.
Here is a video showing how to to clear and anchor a knife held against the throat:
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