If you’re like many women, you might be concerned enough about being attacked to take a self-defense class. While this is smart and can give you valuable skills to help you defend against a rapist or kidnapper, you should also understand that there are a few myths about self-defense that are constantly being circulated through word-of-mouth, the Internet and maybe even your own self-defense class.
Recently, Women’s Health published a great article addressing these myths. Here, we’re recap three that we feel are the most important to help you get away from your attacker in one piece.
Myth #1: You need to hurt your attacker.
Yes, you will need to disable your attacker by striking back, but the difference here is in causing pain vs. injuring him. Pain will only stun or stop him for so long. Causing an injury, such as breaking the bones in his foot, shattering his nose or cracking some ribs, should give you the time you need to get away.
Myth #2: Scream to attract attention.
If you’re in a populated area, screaming might get others to notice and make your attacker afraid of getting caught. On the other hand, wasting too much time hollering can give him an edge over you, and you can’t expect someone to immediately come running. Instead, focus on injuring him and getting away.
Myth #3: You must learn karate, jiu jitsu or another formal martial art.
The skills you learn in a martial arts class can be helpful, but you do not need to know perfect form, defense techniques and other mumbo-jumbo to ward off an attack. Even more helpful is knowing how to strike first, strike hard and cause an injury that puts your attacker out of commission. When shopping around for a self-defense class, choose one that teaches women how to deliver a heavy blow, as well as the best places on an attacker’s body that will allow you to escape.
In addition to knowing how to stop an attack and get away, it can help to have such self-defense tools as pepper spray and a personal alarm. Visit our website to learn more.