It is a depressing but true fact that a lot of women feel afraid when walking the streets alone at night - all you have to do is ask around to realise just how many of us are fed-up with walking home clutching our keys between our fingers.
Of course, two men can be extremely unequally matched when it comes to strength and size, but the sad truth is that the majority of women can put up little fight against the majority of men purely because of our biological make-up. And that’s a scary thought.
Progress certainly needs to be made to reduce attacks - be they sexual assault or robbery - but as that doesn’t look likely any time soon, learning self-defence is a wise move for women of all ages.
The tactical defence system could give you the skills to free yourself from a dangerous attacker:
1. Open hand strike
This move uses the the heel of the hand to target some of the most vulnerable areas around a person’s head - the face, eyes and both front and back of the neck. As a punch-like action it can hurt an attacker, or if you go for the eyes it will seriously disturb them. Don’t pull your arm back (keep your elbow in front of your ribs) as this will warn the attacker of what’s to come.
2. Kick to the groin
The groin is one of the most vulnerable points, not just for men but for women too. It’s important to judge your distance though - if further away (a long-range attack), kick and aim to hit either with the tips of your toes or where your shoelaces would be. If you're closer, use your knee - Harper believes this is the most important move for a woman fending off a male attacker.
3. 360 or outside defence
Attackers often take aim at their targets from behind or the side by using a circular attack to slap, grab or punch. To combat this, use the side of the wrist to intercept and hit them in a similar position - by keeping your arm at a right-angle you can create a decent amount of space between yourself and the attacker.
4. Handbag grab or any aggressive grab
When either your arm, hand or bag is pulled with force, the most important thing is to move with and use that energy - instead of resisting and pulling away, use the attacker’s energy to strike or kick them.
5. Attack from the ground
If you find yourself on the floor, judge your distance and then kick the assailant back. If they’re directly above, kick them with both feet at once, thrusting your hips off the floor for extra power, then get up and run away as quickly as possible.
It's time to take back the streets and feel strong.
Source: The Independent