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Self-Defense Moves That Can Be Life-Saving While Out Jogging

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Self-Defense Moves That Can Be Life-Saving While Out Jogging

Warmer months are already here. Many runners will find themselves trading in their afternoon run for a nighttime escape. Becoming the victim of a physical attack is a realistic possibility of which all joggers should be aware. “The best way to make sure you’re prepared in self-defense is training,” Ross Cascio, an instructor at Krav Maga Worldwide training center, says. “If you know how to punch and kick effectively, you’re going to be much safer."

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Make your base heavier

Being grasped by the attacker in a bear hug is a big concern, Cascio says. In that case your best chance is to pull to the ground and tuck away, he adds. Simply bend your legs and drop the level of your hips. Think of it as basically sitting down into a full squat so you become more difficult to pick up, he adds. Drop your hips and sit slightly back and into the attacker, with your head up, not folded forward. Dropping your base also puts pressure on the attacker, as he or she now has to deal with your weight.

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Strike side to side

It’s time to strike back after you’ve dropped your base, Cascio says. Aggressive and continuous side-to-side motion creates space from the attacker. Constantly moving back and forth – and basically in any direction you can – will work, Cascio adds. This is a good method to follow regardless of whether the attacker is much bigger than you, he says. 

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Make yourself difficult to hold

It’s more difficult to hold on to someone who is constantly wriggling and twisting than it is to hold on to someone who is static. Don’t sit still, even for a second.

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Go for the groin first

Krav Maga Worldwide students are taught to go for a groin strike first. This strike can be thrown whether your arms are “trapped” (meaning encircled by the attacker’s arms) or “free.” A groin strike will often cause the attacker’s hips to reflexively move away, thus creating space between your body and the attacker’s.

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Keep his/her hips away

Think about moving a piece of furniture or a box of something heavy. You don’t keep your hips far away from the object and rely on outstretched arms to lift it — you scoot your hips and body close to the object and get underneath it. Along the same lines, an attacker has to be close to you to control you in a bear hug attack.

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Turn in toward the attacker

You can’t effectively finish the fight with the attacker on your back. And it’s certainly going to be more difficult to get away with an attacker hanging on you. Krav Maga Worldwide students are taught to recognize when sufficient space has been created, and make their move to “turn into” the fight, where they have full use of all their strikes. You can turn either direction once the space is there, but whichever direction you turn, you want to turn in behind your elbow. So, if you are rotating to your left, you will raise your left arm in front of your face so that your nose, mouth, and eyes have something slightly blocking them in case the attacker tries to hit you.

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Go for areas of “breathing and breeding”

“We always say go for the places used for breathing and breeding,” Cascio says. These include the groin, eyes, nose, throat – these will give you the most immediate reaction and more time to get away, he adds. “You can go to the gym to make yourself bigger and tougher, but no kind of conditioning will make our groin, eyes, or nose tougher,” Cascio says.

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Shout “back off”

“If you notice that someone is approaching you, put your hands in front of your face and shout ‘Stop! Back off!’” Cascio says. “Attackers don’t want alert and prepared victims,” he adds, so the more noise you make the better chance you have of scaring him or her away. “More fight for them makes the crime that much more difficult to commit,” according to Cascio.

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Use the heels of palms to strike

This is one of best sources of punching at your disposal. “This is one of the fundamentals of the strike,” Cascio says. You can also kick, punch, or use your elbows, depending on the scenario and range you have, he adds. Just remember to hit the groin, eyes, nose or throat. “Any of those strikes there will do a lot of damage,” Cascio says.

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Try biting

Biting will definitely help, Casio says. “There is no way you can push an attacker away without physical contact,” he adds. If you can’t use your arms and legs, biting any soft tissue that is close to your face – probably the attacker’s hands, ears, or face – is a good idea. Your attacker will be distracted by the pain and likely loosen his or her grip.

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If on the ground, raise your hips

Sometimes an attacker pushes you to the ground and gets on top of you to immobilize you. If this happens, you should try to raise your hips before you do anything else. The idea is that your attacker doesn’t have a stable or level surface to sit on, Cascio says. You can use this to your advantage and roll over so you can strike back, he adds.

Self-Defense Moves That Can Be Life-Saving While Out Jogging