Here’s a summary of what we learned and I hope it encourages you to take a self-defense class!
- Prevention – Avoidance, awareness, common sense, gut instinct and the importance of reducing opportunity. You can download the FREE monster list of quick and easy safety tips by clicking this link.
- Higher-Risk Boundary Setting – Get into your stance with your palms forward, make eye contact, and use short concise action words such as “stop,” “back up,” and “leave now,” in a loud, deep, authoritative voice. Maintain that stance and repeat your action words until he leaves, or until you have the time and space to run to safety.
- Position children behind you when boundary setting in order to shield them and keep them as far away from the threat as possible.
- Important lessons to teach kids:
- Gut Instinct
- Safe Places & Safe People
- “Stay” position (arm’s length behind you and holding onto your waistband, belt, or shit)
- “Stay & Run Game”
- Guest blog on 5 easy ways to build confidence in kids
- Fighting back should be used as a last resort.
- Stance – A balanced, strong, and grounded stance allows you to best stay on your feet, generate power in your strikes, and be prepared to move quickly in the direction of escape. Your dominant leg goes in the back and feet should be wide left to right and front to back.
- What to strike with – knuckles, heel of the palm, pinky side of the fist, thumb side of the fist, fingers and thumbs, elbow, knee, shin, heel, ball of the foot, whole foot, top of the head, teeth, and nails can all be used to strike aggressively with.
- Areas to strike first – eyes, nose, throat, groin.
- The emotional, physical, legal, social, financial, professional, and psychological consequences of assault.