Women Self Defense

Written by Sierra Rein
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The demand for good women self defense is rampant in the United States today. Not only are women seemingly easy targets for thefts and rapes, but they are extremely susceptible to life-threatening domestic abuse as well. The sad fact is that 2.1 to 8 million women are physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends every year.

For women in cases of kidnapping or rape, the trick is to be able to get away from the attacker, period. Survival rates are low if a rapist or kidnapper gets you into his car or trunk, and if he knocks you unconscious, there is a lowered probability that you will come out of the experience unscathed. Therefore, most women self defense courses are based upon attacking with violence, swiftness and surprising strength during the first 15 to 20 seconds.

The Basis for Women Self Defense: Avoid The Label of a Victim

Most offenders will not continue a pursuit if they feel as though they themselves are in danger of being recognized and visually identified later. It is better for a woman to make a lot of noise and kick and fight as much as possible, even if the attacker is armed. This will let the kidnapper or rapist know that he will have a tough time handling you, making him more likely to let you go after only a few seconds.

Any female, from age 11 to 99, can learn simple women self defense moves in a few weeks. Many community services handle schools and training lessons and a few video distributors sell at-home VHS and DVD's on the subject. These can be particularly helpful for women who have families to protect or who work jobs that are not flexible enough for weekly scheduled lessons.


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