5 Top Self-Defense Tips

In All, Self Defense Classes by Don Alley

Every day, people of all different ages and genders are attacked and victimized. From a fight for your wallet to a fight for your life, knowing self-defense can make the difference. Here are the top five ways to protect yourself if you come under attack.

1. Demanding Money? Give Up the Cash

If someone wants your money, don’t play a hero: give them the cash in a safe way. Throw your wallet as far as you can in their direction, then turn and run the opposite way. Even if your attacker has a gun, throw and run – the gun is most likely a scare tactic. Running in a zig-zag pattern can help increase your chances of getting away safely. Anyone shooting after you will most likely miss.

2. How to Escape the Back of a Car

If you’re bodily thrown into the trunk of a moving vehicle, don’t panic: act. Use your feet and kick out the tail lights. Then, stick your arms out and wave to catch the attention of other drivers.

3. Don’t Sit in Your Car – Drive!

Do you sit in your vehicle after shopping to catch up on your texts? Don’t: this is incredibly dangerous. Your chance of someone entering the passenger seat to attack you is higher the longer you sit. Once you enter your vehicle, lock your doors and drive away.

4. Gun to Your Head? Hit the Gas.

If you do find yourself with a gun-carrying carjacker in your car, don’t drive to their demanded destination – your chance of survival is low. Hit the accelerator and ram a wall or another large object as hard and fast as you can. The driver’s airbag will save your life, and it’ll give you a chance to get out and seek help.

5. Parking Garage Safety

Parking garages are notorious for being dangerous. Many people are abducted from parking garages. Always look around as you approach your vehicle. If you find a large van next to your vehicle, or someone sitting in the car next to yours, enter your car through the passenger door. If you ever feel scared, find someone to escort you safely to your vehicle.

The best way to save your life is to know how to defend yourself. Register for a self-defense class by calling Super Kicks at 571-293-2467.

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area. You can read more about him at therealdonalley.com.