How Is Self Defense Different?

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My suggestion would be if you see a front entrance, jump right through it, if there is a back entrance, exit and if there is no door, well, make an exit! You wouldn’t really want to be remembered as the guy who braved it against 4 attackers and did not survive, would you? Your options need to be clearly avoidance, breaking away and approaching – and in that order.  

It is important to understand that just because somebody is an expert in a certain style of Martial Arts doesn’t necessary add up to him being an authority is self defense. In some rare cases they may be but usually these two do not go together.

There is a lot of glamor added to street fights through Hollywood where the Hero uses a number of weapons and strategies to single handedly down several aggressors. In reality it would be quite some bloodshed and a dirty fight ending in mostly, death. Anybody who would be lucky enough to survive would have broken bones, smashed face and other serious injuries to deal with. These would also include mental scars that are hard to heal.

When you train, it is essential you do in a manner that prepares you to face a real situation. When training, if you stop short your punches 2” away from the target, chances are in real life situations you will do the same. When training, have your opponent all padded up so you can land some real blows to train on self defense. Your partners must not stand there meekly allowing you to deliver the punches either, have them make it difficult for you to hit them. This way you will learn how to strategize and make your tactics work.

Why do we get frightened?

What is it that gets you frightened? It is usually the fact that you might get seriously injured, mutilated or killed by the attacker facing you. You have kids, husbands, wives, friends and other loved ones waiting for you at home whom you might never be able to see again.  

What you need to tell yourself at this point in time is that this lowlife attacker in front of you will not deny you the right to get home and be with your family and the people who need you.


Your thought process now should be about what you would do to your attacker and not what your attacker can do to you.

When you face an aggressor, it is normal for your adrenaline to shoot up. If you have not had previous regular episodes of your adrenaline shooting up, you may mistake it for fear. As your legs get wobbly, your body begins to shiver, your mind goes blank, you feel numb all over and lose bowel control – these are all signs of increased adrenalin as the body prepares itself for the flight or fight mode. Adrenalin adds force and speed so even if you may not think about it at the time, it is right there for your assistance.

You are surely worth it – do not ever forget this! If you were ever to be attacked, do not for once worry about what the attacker may do to you; educate yourself well and then you will have to worry about what you may do to them! Once you decide to fight it out, there is nothing stopping you – give it your all.

Getting help wherever you are.

If somebody forces you into a confrontation, make good use of your voice. As you strike, it will help to also scream at your loudest. This serves two purposes; you startle the crook and also attract attention to yourself. A passerby may come to your aid or at least be a witness when you strike the aggressor in self defense. In several cases, it may come to the point where it is down to your word against the aggressors. Imagine the help if somebody had heard you scream ‘let go’ and can be an evidence to it. Another important thing is that when you really scream, your abdominal region gets tightened which means if the aggressor happens to hit you, it won’t blow the wind out of you.

Time And Space To React

Be aware of the fact that the closer you are to your attacker, the lesser time you have to react to their movements. This means, the more distance you have from your aggressor, the more chances you have of a calculated response. Keep at a safe distance that will offer you enough time to respond to any motion from the aggressor. If possible, make sure there is an obstruction between you and the attacker. Remember the aggressor always has the upper hand since he is aware of what he is going to do; on the other hand your mind will process what he does, think of a suitable response and then send appropriate signals to your muscles to respond. This is why there is so much stress on the defensive stance and on keeping a good distance.


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