I know I usually do funny posts but I was approached to do an post about self-defense and after reading the information provided I thought it was a good idea. Times are tough and crime is a real issue and women are usually easy targets. I hope this information can help stop you from being a victim of a violent act. Thank you to Not Me® for giving me this opportunity.
Do You Know the 5 D’s of Defense?
There is a lot of miss-communication about self defense. Experts will tell you to take some form of self defense training. This is fine if you are comfortable with the decision to engage in hand-to-hand combat with an attacker. But what if you aren’t prepared to go up against your attacker, then what do you do? Fighting with your attacker should be the last resort. Run away or raise a ruckus to draw attention and bring help are the first things to try. Only engage your attacker if there is no other choice.
Carry a weapon? Well, that can cause problems unless you are thoroughly trained and ready to either maim or kill your attacker because otherwise, your weapon can be used against you in an attack. This happens way too often so don’t have a false sense of security because you have any type of weapon on you.
“Sound Bites” of Self-Defense
The 5 D’s can be used to make sense of the commonly known and
repeated “sound bites” of self-defense.
Kick to the groin
Use anything available as a weapon
Fight with everything you have
Get medical attention
Never be taken to a secondary location
Be aware of your surrounding
Escape at the first opportunity
Stomp on the instep
Never give up
Carry a mobile phone
Get away as fast as you can
Talk to someone you trust
Gouge the attacker’s eyes
Yell as loud as you can
Have an exit strategy
Take a self-defense class
Use your intuition
Don’t Take a shower
Walk in groups at night
Never corner the attacker
Write down what happened
DO THIS…DON’T DO THAT…
These “sound bites” are only useful if you are able see them as
mere examples of the five steps of self-defense.
Excerpt from NOT-ME!®
Introduction to the 5 D’s of Self-Defense
Begins with a plan. Ends with peace of mind.
Never be taken to a second location.
Carry a mobile telephone.
Take a self-defense class.
Never give up. Lock your doors.
Do not accept a ride from a stranger.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Stay alert for danger.
Walk with confidence.
Use your intuition.
Kick to the groin. Stomp on foot.
Use anything available as a weapon.
Yell as loud as you can.
Gouge the attacker’s eyes.
Fight with everything you have.
Flee at the first opportunity.
Get away as fast as you can.
Never corner the attacker.
Have an exit strategy.
Evade and escape.
Call the police.
Get medical attention.
Talk to someone.
Excerpt from NOT-ME!®
Remember, don’t be a hero! The main goal is to avoid a confrontation by either getting away or deterring the aggressor. You have to decide if you are going to run or fight. If you can’t, then you defend yourself as best you can with the main goal of getting away or disengaging. Once you have disengaged then you need to debrief by letting the authorities know what happened, go to the hospital and talk to a trusted friend.
Be prepared. If you can, take a self defense course so you can practice what to do. If you are sure you can handle everything that goes with it, take a martial arts course but remember that you are making more of a commitment to do possible bodily injury by taking this type of course and you must be mentally prepared for that.
Be aware. Be safe. Be prepared to act. Be informed. Take action when needed. Report anything that happens.