Are you an easy target?
An attack starts long before you get grabbed or hit. The attacker usually has a specific M.O. (modus operandi), or way of operating, giving them the advantage. So, when you have the opportunity to escape from a situation before it turns bad, take it.
For example, what would you do if:
A stranger walks up to your car? Drive off!
An approaching person gives you the creeps? Walk to the other side of the street.
An elevator door opens and the person standing inside makes you feel uncomfortable? Wait for the next elevator.
A stranger tries to have a conversation with you? Create space in case you need to run or fight.
These actions aren’t cowardly, they are smart ways to remove yourself from a potential attack.
Other tips include:
Walk with pepper spray in hand.
Carry a pen knife on your key chain (and walk with key chain in hand).
Always look around and be aware of your surroundings.
Travel in a group whenever possible (even just one other person significantly reduces your chances of getting attacked).
Take up a realistic self defense course (and practice the techniques regularly).
Many victims of assault who came to train with me after being attacked said the same thing: They had a feeling something bad was going to happen, but didn't want to seem paranoid so, they didn't listen to their feelings. Don't make yourself available for an attack! Don't make yourself an easy target!
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