Self-defence tips – Tips that could come in handy one day

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As much as we all don’t want to think about it, college campuses aren’t always the safest places. Personal safety and self-defence is always a priority, but it becomes even more important when you are in college. It can be intimidating for sure, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be safe.  Here are a few tips which will prove beneficial when it comes to safety.

A few Self-defence tips for you

1. Take a self-defence class

Take a self-defence class - Self-defence tips - Tips that could come in handy one day

Self-defence classes are one of the most instrumental methods to protect yourself. Knowing some self-defence tactics makes you feel more confident about defending yourself if necessary. In a quintessential class, the trainer chooses one scenario to seize up. If you practice how to react in real-life situations, you will feel confident instead of freezing up.

There are several martial arts that can be learnt in the spirit of self-defence such as-

  • Kickboxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Muay Thai
  • Krav Maga
  • Taekwondo
  • Karate
  • Boxing

2. Trust your gut and have confidence

This is a big one. If you are in a situation that is making you feel uncomfortable, you need to acknowledge it and then get yourself out of that situation. At worst you are simply being over cautious, and at best you avoid something potentially dangerous. Trust your instincts- they’ve gotten you this far.

Confident posture can deter a threat. Self-assured posture and movement tell a lot about you. Confident self-awareness increases your ability to detect threats when you’re walking alone. By keeping your head up and aware of your surroundings, you can take away the element of surprise — a common tactic of attackers. If confronted, calmly and assertively saying a simple command such as “BACK OFF,” is often enough to put a potential attacker to flight.

2. Take out your earphones

Take a self-defence class - Self-defence tips - Tips that could come in handy one day

Although it’s great to move your head to your favourite jam while walking, after a long day at school, it’s better to listen to what’s happening around you. By taking out your earphones and listening to your surroundings, your brain will be more alert to your surroundings, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid a dangerous situation before it happens. Don’t trust objects to save you.  Pay attention to any people following you, traffic or potentially tense situations such as inebriated and angry people nearby. When you’re attuned to what’s going on around you, you can take a simple action such as crossing over to the other lane to protect yourself.

3. Walk in a group

Walk in a group - Self-defence tips - Tips that could come in handy one day

Whether you’re going to a party, leaving a club meeting at night or walking home from the library after dark, it’s useful to have a buddy. It’s important to walk in groups with your friends to decrease your chances of getting attacked. If a predator sees multiple threats and witnesses, they are less likely to target an individual than if that one person is isolated from everyone else. Usually known as the buddy system, being responsible for someone else and having them be responsible for you will keep all of you safe.

4. Keep something on you that you can defend yourself with

If you want to increase your safety further, and if you’re comfortable, consider purchasing a self-defence item and arm yourself. Research and educate yourself on how to use those weapons. Some popular and useful items include pepper spray, self-defence claws, a high pitch personal alarm, a loud whistle, or other gadgets that you can find online. While thinking about defending yourself can feel overwhelming, having a plan and knowing what tools are available can help you feel better prepared and less fearful.

5. Be cautious of what you say to the world

Social media combined with the minicomputer your smartphone is, you can keep the world updated on your comings and goings. However, try to resist doing so, especially when the activity puts you in a vulnerable place. Secure your social media from anyone you don’t know, make things private and friends only. Posting where you are going to alert, bad guys. If you want to brag, or post pictures, do it the next day. Telling the world things like “All alone in the Library studying” or “Just taking a night walk around campus” and tagging your location, makes you vulnerable. It also tells people your dorm room or apartment are currently empty.

Whether you are at your home or campus or studying abroad, it helps to learn some safety tips. As young college students, we should all be aware of how to stay clear of danger, and if we have to, we should know how to defend ourselves.