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Evade, Escape: Basic Self-Defence Techniques

What would you do if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a scenario most of us don’t want to consider, but being prepared for unexpected situations can highly increase your chances of escaping. The good news is that anyone can learn effective self-defence techniques, regardless of strength, size, or previous training. As leading providers of security services in Malta, we at Signal 8 share a few tips to follow in case of an attack.


Evading > Escaping

Although most self-defence courses focus on techniques on how to quickly disable an attacker, such training should include methods for preventing a confrontation from turning physical in the first place. Be sure to follow general safety precautions such as being aware of your surroundings, avoiding poorly-lit areas, and keeping your keys in hand as you approach your front door. Remember, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t; your instinct is the best detector for danger – don’t ignore it.


Attract Attention

If the attacker touches you or it seems an escape isn’t possible, shout “BACK OFF!” as loudly as possible (the power of your voice alone can cause them to steer away) and push back at them. This does two things: it signals for help and it lets the attacker know you’re not an easy target.


Hit Where it Hurts

To increase your chances of getting to safety, before an attacker has gained full control of you, aim for pressure points or the parts of the body that will inflict the most damage.

Eyes: Besides causing a lot of pain, poking or scratching their eyes effectively should temporarily interfere with their vision, making your escape easier.

Nose: If the attacker is close in front of you, use the heel of your palm to strike up under their nose; throw the whole weight of your body into it to cause maximum pain and force them to loosen their grip.

Neck: One of the various and most effective ways of temporarily stunning your attacker on the neck – and therefore buying you more time – is pitching the weight of your body forward and thrusting your elbow into their throat.

Knee: Kicking the side of the knee will partially incapacitate your attacker without the risk of them grabbing your foot.

Groin: You’ve probably seen it in the movies, and it’s true: a knee to the groin can end a fight immediately. This technique is recommended over any other type of standing kick.

The attacker’s position and how close they are will determine where you should strike and with which part of your body. The most important thing to do, once you start a fight, is to follow through. If you fight back and then pause, you’ll give up the initial advantage you gained from using the element of surprise. To survive, you must be fully committed to the battle and continue your barrage until it’s safe to stop striking and escape.

It is important to note that these tips for basic self-defence should only be followed when all else fails; avoid physical confrontation if unnecessary and hand over whatever possession they ask you to – nothing is worth more than your life.

From personal and event protection to bodyguard courses, we at Signal 8 Security Services Malta offer it all. Check out our services page or contact us for more information about the services we offer.

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