In life, you can face the risk of being attacked at any time. You always have a tendency to look for tips to fight when an unexpected incident occurs. However, if you do not know it will be dangerous to apply non-scientific tips.
That’s why we at Break have done some thorough research on this subject and would like to share with you the dos and don`ts of self-defense.
Many people think the best way to use a key for protection is to hold it in a fist between the fingers. However, there are some downsides to this method:
A better way to carry a key is to hold it naturally as if you were going to open your door. Thus you will not draw any attention to it, and it will be easier to handle.
You can also grip the key facing downward, like a knife. It could help you make a swinging, more powerful motion.
Running away from an attacker isn’t always a good idea.
That being said, running might still be your best option. Just try to stay focused and assess the situation, remembering the consequences that running away from someone can have.
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You might think talking to the attacker and trying to de-escalate the situation can increase your chances of not being hurt. Instead, this may result in exactly the opposite.
The attacker will be focused solely on his/her objective (e.g., to mug you). So anything that comes between him/her and achieving that objective, like your talking, will be met with aggression. The irritation might compel the assailant to take more drastic measures and possibly hurt you.
While watching videos that explain how to defend yourself might make you feel safer, this is not the way you should learn self-defense.
So it would be better to sign up for a self-defense class or try martial arts.
When being mugged, you might think it’s a good idea to throw your valuables on the ground in one direction and run in the other, while the mugger gets distracted for a second. That action can, in reality, make him/her angrier because you didn’t follow his/her instructions. So he/she might decide to use force on you and potentially hurt you more than if you’d complied.
Sometimes you hear this advice: avoid eye contact with an attacker, because that will rile him/her up and escalate the situation.
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While in some situations this may hold true, in others it will only show an attacker that you are intimidated by him/her and an easy target. So by making eye contact you demonstrate that you are confident, alert, and also ready to identify him/her to the police.
Although this will inflict some pain, it will not help you much.
This is one more tip that can give you a feeling of security, but doesn’t really make you more secure.
You might think that if an assailant sees you talking on the phone, that it will scare him/her off, because there will be a witness — a person on the other end of the line. But it will actually show him/her that you are unaware of your surroundings and inattentive, because your mind is somewhere else. So he/she will see you as an easy target.
Sometimes it is advised to yell, “Fire!” instead of “Help!” and this subject has been heavily debated.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. In the end, the most important thing is to show the people around you that you are in danger and in need of help, by any means possible, be it shouting, “Fire!” or “Help!”
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