The “SECRET” that all good street fighters and criminals are aware of is that if they MOVE FIRST, they have a better chance of winning. This is something that 99 percent of those who train in the world do not comprehend and do not incorporate into their training. Furthermore, I can tell by their concerns and comments they do not comprehend and refuse to accept the fact that in order for you to SURVIVE AND WIN, you must make the first MOVE. If you don't, and you train to wait and see what the other guy will do, you will lose…EVERY TIME!
Use self-defense techniques and strategies that restrict the amount of body weight you put into your attack — this maximizes your chances of ESCAPE — and should be the primary emphasis of your basic self-defense strategy.
With the following self-defense techniques for walking safely, you can learn how to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
In this day and age, when crime is on everyone's mind, we can't afford to lock ourselves in our homes and never leave. There are times in life when one should just go ahead and take a chance and be brave… Walking alone, on the other hand, is not one of those occasions. Men and women who walk alone, especially at night, run the danger of being harassed or even assaulted by strangers. Even if you try your hardest to avoid it, you'll almost certainly have to walk by yourself at some point — to your car, your front door, or even the corner store — no matter how hard you try. Make sure to follow these safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Here are some safety suggestions I've compiled to assist you in staying safe. They are not only common sense, they are also effective self-defense measures.
1. Have your keys ready at all times.
No matter how short the distance between your front door and your automobile, it's a good idea to keep your keys on hand at all times. Keep them safely tucked away in your pocket. Then, when you approach your car or front door, draw them out and place the appropriate key in its proper spot. This will prevent you from having to fumble about in your purse for them outside, which will cause you to become distracted from your surroundings.
2. Walk with self-assurance.
When you're out on your own, you should walk with confidence and purpose. Make eye contact with individuals you pass and keep your head up as you're walking. Walk at a steady speed and with your back to the traffic to ensure that you are seen. If you become disoriented, do not roam aimlessly. Maintain a steady pace and proceed to the nearest store or restaurant to inquire for directions to your destination.
3. Follow your instincts.
When you're out alone in the middle of the night, your instincts are your closest friend. If you have any reason to believe someone is following you, turn around immediately. Inform the individual that you are aware of their presence. Instead of going straight to your car or house, go to a local store or restaurant that is open to the public and secure.
4. Bring a loud companion with you.
Keep a noisemaker in your hand or on your keychain or attached to the inside of your jacket for emergencies. When something goes awry, a personal alarm or whistle can be used to alert those around you of the situation.
5. Have a plan in place for the worst-case scenario.
The most effective defense against an attack is awareness and action on the part of the victim. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation and are able to get away, do so as soon as possible. When confronted with an attacker, only you have the ability to select what you can or will do. Self-defense techniques and tips are available on a variety of websites, as well as in community self-defense workshops.
6. Avoid lugging along a large number of bags.
Fighting with five separate bags on your way into the house at night can be a part of life, but it is something you should try to prevent as much as you can whenever possible. If you have numerous bags, it may be difficult to react quickly if a risky situation arises.
7. Stay away from hiding places.
Places like parking lots, dark alleys, unlit corners, unlit intersections or any street corner or side street, and parking garages are all things to avoid when you're out on your own. Make sure you are in clearly visible areas of the pavement or street, and as close to the curb as you can go to it.
8. Make informed decisions about your footwear.
In the winter, when ice and snow are an issue, those leather shoes may look wonderful, but they will not give you the firm footing you require. Make sure you wear footwear that is both comfortable and supportive, such as trainers. If required, wear one pair of shoes to work and bring your indoor footwear in a bag with you to the office.
AND HERE'S A BONUS NUMBER NINE…
9. Whatever the circumstances, don't let anybody get into YOUR SPACE.
If someone approaches, thus attracting your attention and making your awareness drop, make sure the person remains at a distance. Remember, criminals and would be assailants are professionals. They may ask for directions, or "Have you got a cigarette?" "I've no money and I have run out of gas for my scooter, can you help me out with some cash?" — He'll probably snatch your wallet, purse, or handbag too! Tell him NO, in no uncertain terms, and to keep his distance! There are 101 excuses to move in close and rob or assault you! If someone insists, SHOUT AND USE YOUR ALARM. Don't know where your alarm is? It's clutched in your hand, ISN'T IT???