Self-defense refers to the use of violence to protect oneself and is a legal right that you have. You`ve seen it in the movies. A pretty girl is in a parking lot, some guy attempts to rape, she kicks him in the groin, and she runs to safety. This is just an example of a situation where self-defense would be necessary. You should always plan ahead to a possible attack, always being aware of your surroundings, and preparing to run if possible. Your attitude and voice tone can make all of the difference in the world. Being able to stomp on someone in a fight can be fun, but if you somehow mess up, you could possibly end up dead. Avoid the situation whenever possible, but if you are being attacked, there are certain targe points on the human body that should be targeted. These targets are the bridge of the nose, the knees, throat, eyes, and groin region. Learning martial arts is great but only if the martial arts program that you learning practices efficient ways of dealing with common attacks, preparing you for real life situations. In some self-defense situations, the use of weapons may be needed, especially if you are being attacked by more than one person. The two most common methods of self-defense is pepper spray/mace and the stun gun. Another method of self-defense is by the use of a 45 caliber pistol. However, before carrying any of these weapons around, you need to ask yourself these questions:
Is it legal?
Will it be available when I need it?
Can I carry it all the time?
Am I mentally prepared to use it?
There are also good VHS videos that I highly recommend if you are wanting to further your knowledge of self-defense. These movies are Bruce Lee`s, The Man/ The Myth and John McSweeney`s Total Self Defense. It is a powerful state of mind when you know these methods of self-defense, and you will no longer be afraid to take a trip to the grocery store at night. But as I stated previously, your safest route is to avoid the confrontation at all costs, and not walk around acting like an idiot just because you know how to defend yourself. Use your power for good and NEVER use it as a means of harming someone else unless they harm you first. Until next timeScience Articles, later.