These are some good tips from attackproof.com
1. Look where you're going. Check out the gas station, ATM, 7-Eleven etc. before you pull up/go in so you don't become part of a stickup in progress.
2. Wake up. Turn off your iPod/iPhone etc. when out in public. Don't jog with earphones.
3. Maintain a Personal Comfort Zone. No stranger or hostile relation is allowed to get closer than 5 feet to you without vetting or permission. Period. If they do, attack the attacker. Practice a relaxed, non-threatening listening stance you can explode from. According to attackproof,com they recommend the "Jack Benny stance" turn your body to the side, hands up yet not in a threatening way.
3b. Just Say No. Never accept offers of help from strangers ("can I carry your packages?"). This was a favorite ruse of serial killers such as Ted Bundy. If things feel wrong, run away screaming. If you can't run, you'll have to fight.
4. Walk wide around building corners. Don't get jumped.
5. A few notes 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. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the 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 ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
6. Watch your drink. Someone could slip a knock out drug in your cocktail. Typical abduction/rape/murder ruse.
7. No stranger gets in your house. Ever. Even if it's a little girl screaming to use your phone to call her daddy because her mommy's hurt . Call 911 for her. Otherwise, you open the door and 3 mutants rush in and a horrific home invasion begins.
8. Flat tire in a bad neighborhood? Drive on your rims. New wheels are a small price to pay for avoiding a violent car jacking.
9. People give you a bad feeling as you walk down a street? Do you: Make eye contact? Don't make eye contact? Look assertive? Reach for your gun? Walk down a different street. Prepare what you do in advance.
10. You're being mugged for your money. Don't fish around in your purse/wallet for bills. Be cooperative. Give them your whole wallet (prepare a separate "mugging" wallet with a few dollars).
With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year old leaps into the air in a karate kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and pad the walls, try channeling this urge into a martial arts class.
Martial arts is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's not true according to Master Greg Silva, President of Black Belt Schools International. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, may parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical class begins and ends with respect by a bow to the teacher and parents. Next the kids have an affirmation pledging to have self discipline, a positive attitude, to use common sense before self defense and to never give up.
Progress is marked by the belt and patch systems, which take the beginner from a white belt through a series of colored belts until adult patches are earned. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
But experts say that it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit. It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.
Kids can benefit as young as age 4 with motor and social skills. As they get older there is a bigger emphasis on self defense and competition.
Be sure to visit a school and participate in a trial class to see the teachers in action and make sure it's a fit for you and your child.
Greg Silva - President Black Belt Schools International.
I have been involved in the Martial Arts for 50 years now. I first began because my father wanted me to learn to defend myself. At that time I was in fight after a baseball game at age 13. In the following 50 years I was never in another self defense situation. So why did I continue with martial arts? Simple, self defense is just one of many benefits of martial arts training. I happened to love the logic and analytical thinking involved in the training. I also know that martial arts has kept me more flexible , in shape and confident. Not to mention the friendships I made and the great spectrum of people I met and enjoyed training with and learning from. Now in my 60's I find the same benefits and something extra. The focus, concentration, learning and memorization is keeping me mentally sharp.
I would recommend it to everyone of all ages. My kids as well as grandkids have either received black belts or are training to be black belts. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Try Before You "Buy". Most martial arts schools will offer a Free trial program or short term mini program for new students. You want to make sure it's a fit for you.
*Talk To The Instructor - Most instructors are very accommodating to adults. Remember we are ones that write the checks, have kids who might attend the school and who have friends who might become members. So talk to the instructors if you have a problem or a question.
*Ask For Help - If you are having a problem with a technique, ask for help. The instructors and other students want to help. They remember what it was like when they were "newbies".
*Lose Some Weight - If you are lighter, it will help to reduce the pressure on your knees & feet. You will also have more energy because you will be hauling around fewer pounds. This should be a first goal when starting. Many martial arts schools have fitness program for new students wanting more weight loss than self defense.
*Balance Training - As we become less active due to desk work, some of us become less steady on our feet. Martial Arts will teach balance with stance and foundation skills. A huge benefit for everything else you do.
*Kids - If you have children, you should try to take martial arts classes with them. It is a great family bonding experience!
*Have Fun - Last but not least, you should just focus on having some fun and blowing off steam after a long day at work. You won't be as flexible as the kids in your martial arts class or as strong as the 25 year olds but who cares! Just enjoy yourself. You will love the camaraderie, weight loss, stress relief and non-stop aerobic exercise.
*Take action and sign up for a Beginners Martial Arts Workshop
What are you afraid of? Do you really think that a woman can fight a man? Oh, I don't need that stuff - that's why I carry a gun(or I bought my wife a gun)!! I would have to get in shape before starting anything like that - it's too hard! Don't you think you are too old to be training?
Yep, I have heard all of these things when talking to others about what I do. Yes, we teach punching and groin kicking and technical fighting skills, but we do so much more than that! We help to instill a sense of confidence by pushing and showing men, women, and children that they can do so much more than they thought they could do!
When I started training in martial arts, I genuinely didn't think that I could effectively defend myself. I loved watching women on TV and in movies who were tough, but I never thought that I could achieve that level of proficiency - in fact, I believed that they were fiction (because they were). I always leaned on my husband to defend me and my children both emotionally and physically. He usually came to my rescue.
However, through my training I have learned that there is so much more inside of me than I ever imagined. I can depend on myself to conquer my worst enemy -- ME! I had beaten myself down pretty badly and my husband couldn't really get inside my head to help me in those alone moments when I was beating myself up. I truly believe that God lead me to train in Krav Maga specifically for my mental and emotional stability! My training literally lead me to understand that I can buck up, change my internal dialogue, and overcome great challenges!
So, why do I do this? I train to be healthier: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically!
What am I afraid of? Not much! Even my dreams have changed - no more nightmares.
Do I think that a woman can fight a man? Yes - and with training, she can be even more effective!
Have a gun? Then I suggest that you train to use it effectively and train getting to it.
Too out of shape/too old? Get out of my head! I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. I will keep on training as long as I can walk!
Interested in training with us?
We also have women only training options.