Your Right to Defend Yourself

T AreaUnfortunately, no matter how much we practice personal awareness and violence avoidance techniques, we may find ourselves in a physical confrontation. Whether or not you have self defence training and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that you can and should defend yourself physically. You have both a moral and a legal right to do so, even if the attacker is only threatening you and hasn’t struck first you should consider a pre-emptive strike.

Many women worry that they will anger the attacker and get hurt even worse if they defend themselves but statistics and reports clearly show that your odds of survival are far greater if you do fight back.

Aim for the ‘T’ area of your attacker. (The ‘T’ is an imaginary letter drawn on your attacker – horizontally from one eye to the other and vertically down the bridge of the nose to the groin. Hit your attacker anywhere in the ‘T’ with as much force as you can muster and he is going down. Remember, you may only get one chance to stop an attack, so use the element of surprise to your advantage and make your strike count.)

Your self defence instructor should also be able to teach you the Law concerning your right to defend yourself as well as the use of ‘Reasonable Force’.

 Da Silva, Kelly & Chipping 2003 2 McDermot 1979; McIntyre 1980; Block & Skogan 1982; Quinsey & Upfold 1985; Ullman & Knight 1992; da Silva, Kelly & Chipping 2003


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