Leeds Traditional Martial Arts
There are certain tools that you can carry with you that can dramatically improve your chances in a potentially dangerous or attack situation. Carrying weapons is illegal, but ordinary everyday items can be just as effective in helping you avoid an attack; they might even save your life! Here are my top six:
1. Body Spray
This is one of my favourites. A travel sized can of aerosol body spray is a very effective (and legal) substitute for mace or pepper spray. There are some other legal alternatives but body spray is available in many shops and it's not expensive. I've taken body spray to the eyes before and I can personally guarantee that it's debilitating. Use it at arms length, straight to the attackers face and make a swift exit; don't forget to call the police as soon as you're safe to inform them of the attack and possible casualty. DON'T stop to try and administer first aid yourself and shout to anyone in the immediate area that this person just attacked you. Bear in mind that there's a chance you could blind your attacker so be responsible and don't use this unless you're in genuine danger.
_The smartphone is taking over the world, right? There aren't many things these days that we don't have an App for. Be honest, how many of you go App shopping when you're bored?
Lately I've been looking into personal safety Apps and you'd be surprised at what's out there. I'm not talking about Apps that teach you Kung Fu from the screen, but Apps that can be used to save your life in an emergency. These are some of the features you might want to look out for:
Having given it some careful thought, I’ve come up with my top ten personal safety tips. These include some old chestnuts, some common sense and some sneaky tricks all designed to keep you safe; furthermore you don’t need to be a martial artist or superman to apply them...
1. Don’t behave like a victim.
It is very easy for people that behave like victims to become victims. Predators are always on the lookout for easy targets so don’t give them one. Behaving like a victim might mean typical indicators such as hunched shoulders and starring at the floor / avoiding eye contact. It can be indicators such as having headphones in (reduced awareness) or having your hands jammed in your pockets (not able to move or fight back freely).
The term 'self defence' gets bandied about a lot. I've been involved in the martial arts community for a long time now and I don't think I've ever come across a martial arts school or club that doesn't actively advertise self defence or personal safety as one of their main features. But what IS self defence? Does learning any form of martial art automatically enable you to defend yourself in a real attack situation? Can clubs really provide magic bullets and invisible, impenetrable armour that will keep you safe on the streets? Truthfully? The answer is no.