Because I have been in the martial arts for so many years, it is
easy to forget that many people do not know simple self-defense
rules to save their life. I have used the techniques I know, in many
times and places to help others in danger.
This post is not meant to display impressive writing skills but to
be a simple, concise guide to help people, especially ladies to make
sure they can save their own life against an attacker. To me, most
of these are common sense. But many people don’t seem to use a lot
of that when their life is on the line. So here are some definite
things that will help you ladies to avoid danger and to know
what to do, when you are in danger.
1. The oldest defense axiom is true. Avoid dark places alone at
2. If you must go into a potentially compromising situation take
3. Always carry your car keys in your hand, when leaving a
building. Keep the longest, strongest key pointing out from
between your pointing and middle finger. This is an Excellent tool
to blind an assailant with a quick jab to the eyes.
4- If you can not get away from someone going to your car and
it seems that you will not get to your car. Crawl under a car &
yell like crazy. It is nearly impossible for an assailant to get to
you while you are kicking, jabbing and poking while he tries
to get under the car to you.
5- Forget mace. Get a stun gun (if legal where you are). Yes they
work and will disable even the biggest, meanest opponent
long enough for you to get away.
6- Run away. The Best way to avoid injury is not to be there.
7- The elbow is one of the strongest points on your body. If you
are close enough to use it, do so!
8 – If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you….
Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet or
purse than you, and he will go for it.
RUN immediately and fast in THE OTHER DIRECTION.
9- If you are thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the
back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start
waving vigorously.. The driver won’t see you, but everybody
else will. This saves lives.
10- Women have a tendencyto get into their cars
after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit
(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T!)
Predators watch and this is the perfect opportunity for
them to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go.. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR
CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE..
Think safe, act fast, don’t tarry …………………………
11 – If someone is in the car with a gun to your head;
DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead gun the engine and speed into anything,
wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the
person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it .
As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better
than having them find your body in a remote location.
12 – Important thoughts about getting into your car in a
parking lot, or parking garage:
a. ) Be aware: look around you, look into your car,
at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat.
b.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car
from the passenger door. Serial killers often attack their
victims by pulling them into their vans while women
are attempting to get into their cars.
c.) Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your
vehicle,and the passenger side… If a male is sitting alone
in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back
into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to
walk you back out. IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
13 – ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs.
Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot.
This is especially true at NIGHT!)
14 – If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control,
ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target)
4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.
RUN, if possible in a zig -zag pattern!
15 – Most women are always sympathetic in nature. STOP being
this way, when you are alone. It may get you raped, or killed…
Never stop to lend aid, when alone. This sets up many, many
Remember: Ted Bundy, one of America’s most notorious serial killer.
He was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on
the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a
limp, and often asked ‘for help’ into his vehicle or with his vehicle,
which is when he abducted his victims.
16 -Do not go outside, if you hear a crying baby on her porch at night,
‘Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door..’ There have been several
reports of a serial killer using a baby’s recorded cry to coax women
out of their homes. – – Recently, there have been reports of babies
left on the side of the road, as a lure to coax women to help them;
while the attacker hides observing nearby.
17. If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps
outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO
OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your
outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and
then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!
18 – If in your car and you believe you are being followed; call
911, describe the car and drive to the police department.
19- Get a friend, to help you work on practical self defense
techniques. Practice swift disabling strikes to the following
targets. Eyes, throat, groin & knees. Can’t see, can’t fight.
Can’t breathe, can’t fight. Can’t stand up, can’t fight. Can’t
walk, can’t catch you. Do not practice any more than
attacks to these four areas, unless you are a skilled martial
20 – Practice impacting a foam or bag, with a board behind
it. Don’t let the moment of need, be the first time you have
really hit something.
21 – If you are approached for money walking down the street, never
stop and give change or go into your purse or wallet. Keep walking
without stopping or acknowledging.
21 – Plan in advance. We have fire alarms in our
homes, air bags on our cars. And yet many people fail to plan
for their own defense. Work on your emergency defense plan.
Find a good self defense class and take it. You do not need
full blown karate and unless you train for a long time and become
well skilled. Find a short, condensed class for which the only
purpose is self-defense against an attacker.
22 – Last but not least. Consider a good fire arm. Attend more
than just the required conceal and carry class, if you get one.
Learn the proficient, safe use of it; if you choose this route for
Refuse to be Used. Prepare yourself, to defend yourself.
When your life is on the line, be ready to save it.
Sensei Tim is available to come speak to your outdoor or martial
arts group… Call 336-688-7538