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Be prepared. Be safe. Be a survivor, not a victim. Gulp the fear down your throat and walk down the lane with your shoulders straight. Will you?
‘When it comes to self-defence, it is better to have the power and not need it than to need it and not have it’, says a meaningful and practical quote on Self-defence.
Life is unpredictable and so are the people around you. Yes, this is an era where uncertainty is at its peak. You never know the situation that is about to unfold the very next moment. Self-defence helps you to prepare for unexpected situations and also helps to increase mental and physical health. It may sound difficult to imagine being attacked by a stranger, but it happens every day. It comes without a warning signal. It happens when you least expect it. So, learn the basics of self-defence and prepare yourself from critical and unanticipated circumstances.
Important points of Self Defence:
Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you. Keep your eyes and ears open. Be alert and vigilant. Pay attention to the slightest disturbance around you. You never know what’s going to happen the very next moment.
Keep yourself physically fit. Take up any exercise. It can be anything from walking, jogging, running, swimming to cycling, yoga, hitting the gym, etc. Follow it. Make it a daily routine. The more you make your body undergo physical labour, the more flexible it would be to take up more work and face any random awkward situations.
Physical fitness only won’t suffice to deal with an unpleasant situation. Mental alertness is equally important. Many a time, while travelling, whether on the way to office or way back to home, our minds are preoccupied with multiple thoughts running at a time. Avoid that. You never know who may take advantage of that. Don’t be absent-minded. You need to be present at the moment, especially when you are alone and moving through a deserted area.
Awareness of Vital and Strong Points
Know your vital and strong points. A little knowledge can go far to save you from unwanted situations. A vital point is a pressure sensitive point on or near the surface of the human body. Vital points function like gateways to our nervous system, the main controller of the body, allowing you to use pain to influence the actions and reactions of an opponent. Even a single strike to the vitals can cause serious damage, unconsciousness or, in rare cases, death.
The important vitals are:
Gain knowledge of common self-defence situations. Learn at least basic self-defence techniques with bare hands & handy pocket weapons(like forehead pins, glass bangles, pen, etc). By grasping these facts and applying these skills, you can not only protect yourself but also be a saviour for others.
In case of an unavoidable situation, seek help. Shout. Scream at the top of your voice. Always keep pepper spray along with you. Be prepared. Be safe. Be a survivor, not a victim. Face it boldly as the situation demands. After all, the road is yours, whether it’s day or night. Gulp the fear down your throat and walk down the lane with your shoulders straight. Will you?
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