The ATA – THE AMERICAN TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION
Try ATA Women’s Self Defense Tips & Tricks
The world is filled with many dangers and potential threats, an unfortunate truth that strikes close to home for many women. This is especially true for women who live or travel by themselves. Given that most assailants happen to be male and men are usually stronger than women, proper self-defense techniques can be invaluable to women. Regardless of age or ability, learning basic women’s self-defense techniques can come in handy in unsafe environments where danger is just around the corner.
The ATA’s TryATA martial arts academies feature women’s self-defense as one of the cornerstones of our martial arts instruction. By offering practical knowledge and training designed to help avoid potentially dangerous situations and escape from such situations when they occur, students are able to keep themselves out of harm’s way while having the ability to defend themselves should the need arise.
The first and foremost important aspect of women’s self-defense is always awareness. It is extraordinarily important to be aware of your general surroundings at all times, as this gives you the opportunity to avoid situations that have the potential to become life-threatening. In many cases, it is as simple as avoiding poorly lit areas, traveling to areas where there are more people around and crossing to the other side of the street.
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Part of our training elaborates on the importance of awareness as a basic mechanism for self-defense, as it allows you to avoid situations that can quickly turn into threatening encounters. In most cases, taking steps to avoid a potentially dangerous situation is enough to ensure your safety. However, it is not always possible to avoid a direct conflict, which is where the other aspects of our women’s self-defense training come in.
Modifying your thought process and body language is another important aspect of women’s self-defense. Although you may not know it, your body language can give off plenty of signals that inadvertently tell others something about you. Many criminals are adept at reading body language, so if you carry yourself in a way that suggests fear or weakness, it allows criminals to hone in and choose you as a potential target.
Our women’s self-defense program teaches students how to reshape their body language and thought process to avoid thinking or acting like a victim. For instance, simply holding your head up high is one way to change your body posture in such a way that it dissuades potential assailants from targeting you. Other simple measures include walking as though you have a purpose and carrying yourself in a bold manner.
When it comes to a direct attack by an assailant, your main goal should be to defend yourself by any means necessary. That usually means using your own body as a weapon. Trained martial artists recognize that their body carries numerous potential weapons that can pack a devastating punch when used in the right manner. For instance, an elbow jab to the neck or face and a knee strike to the groin are devastating moves that can make all the difference when used in self-defense.
The TryATA women’s self-defense program teaches students how to use their elbows, knees and even teeth to defend themselves and escape from an attack. Learning how to use your own body as an effective weapon against an assault can mean all the difference between escaping a dangerous situation and having it escalate even further.
The ideal situation in any potential attack is to strike once with a devastating blow and get away as soon as possible. Attacking a soft target can be one of the quickest ways to distract or disable an assailant long enough to reach safety. The human body is full of soft targets that are especially vulnerable to a number of attacks, and if these targets are struck with measurable force, the pain alone can cause an assailant to pause or hesitate long enough to reach a safe area.
TryATA martial arts academies train students to seek out and decisively strike soft targets. Soft targets that are especially vulnerable to finger jabs, elbow strikes and knee strikes include the eyes, throat, nose, solar plexus and groin. Driving your heel into the sensitive instep of the assailant’s foot is a good women’s self-defense technique that works if you are grabbed from behind.
The best way to defend yourself is to steer clear of situations that have the potential to turn dangerous in a hurry. This should always be the first option when it comes to women’s self-defense. Unfortunately, this option isn’t always available, especially if you are cornered by an assailant. If and when that happens, you have to be able to strike your assailant with swift and devastating force.
Remember that when it comes to martial arts at Try ATA’s women’s self-defense, the objective is not to win the fight or even completely incapacitate an assailant. Once your attacker is down or distracted, get to a safe place as soon as possible, such as a well-lit area with lots of people around. When you’re safely out of reach of your assailant, you can contact local authorities to locate and arrest your assailant.