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Can I defend myself and my loved ones in the face of an attack? That is the question most of us don’t want to consider, much less answer. Unfortunately, violence is present in society, and sometimes we are forced to react to it. Thankfully, regardless of strength or size, anyone can learn self-defense techniques that can help protect themselves and their loved ones in the face of grave danger.

The first rule of self-defense is that prevention is the best determent. Attackers often look for vulnerable and unsuspecting targets. Following general safety tips like personal security precautions, being aware of your surroundings, and choosing safe over fast can make a huge difference when it comes to your safety. At night, try to stick to well-known areas that have good lighting. Walk with your keys in your hand as you approach your car or home, and be aware of potential threats. 

Along with avoiding a dangerous situation, you can also de-escalate the conflict. You can use your words to talk them down or collaborate on another course of action. Sometimes, if an attacker is after a possession, the best choice is to hand it over. No amount of wealth is more important than your life. 

If both avoiding confrontation and de-escalating conflict don’t work, you know now to move onto the process of self-defense.

Start off by getting loud. As soon as an attacker moves to harm you, shout loudly. This is a two-fold response technique. First, it alerts anyone in the immediate vicinity that there is an issue or danger and they can adjust accordingly. Secondly, it throws throughs the attacker off and lets them know that you are not an easy target. Hopefully, they back down after that, if not you may need to get physical. 

Check out our next article on the actual defenses and moves to use when you are under attack. As always, stay safe.