When it comes to self defense for women, there are a number of defense methods from which to choose, and each of them not only has qualities to recommend them but drawbacks that could give you pause if they were to be suggested.
So if you are a woman who is concerned about self defense and are looking to ensure that you are prepared to take care of yourself in any situation, how can you know which self defense method is the right one for you? Perhaps taking a look at the different types of self defense methods available can help you to narrow your choices.
When it comes to methods of self defense, there are three basic types; passive, aggressive or proactive.
If you take a passive approach to self defense, you are looking at simplistic (though relatively effective) methods such as always locking your apartment, house or car doors when you are home; installing a security alarm, buying a guard dog or staying aware of your surroundings at all times.
While passive methods of self defense can be effective, they cannot help you if you find yourself in a situation where you are not within reach of your security system, the dog is locked in the back yard, and locks are a moot point since you are not at home or in your car. For this reason many people turn to aggressive methods of self defense.
Aggressive methods, on the other hand, make the assumption that it is only a matter of time before you are attacked, and you are going to be ready. Aggressive methods would include purchasing and learning to shoot a handgun for self and home defense; purchasing and learning to use a stun gun, knife, tear gas, mace or other methods designed to stop an attacker in their tracks.
The problems with aggressive methods of self defense are many and varied. If you do not have experience using your weapon of choice you can run the risk of harming yourself or others unintentionally, not to mention the fact that if the wrong person gets hold of your ‘aggressive method’ you could be at risk of having them use it against you or someone else. Also, possession of these weapons can get you in trouble if they are discovered or used in certain places (such as schools, government property, airports, airplanes and other forms of public transportation).
And then there is the proactive approach to self defense. If you approach your safety proactively you will look to equip yourself with the skills necessary to defend yourself should a situation arise in which you will need protection. This can include something as simple as kickboxing classes, putting your street fighting skills to good use, or taking up some form of martial arts training such as Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, Tak Kwon Do, Judo, Kun Fu, or any other of the dozens of martial arts styles available.
While basic training in any of these methods can be useful in a number of situations, if you are faced with an angry person using a gun, all the Jiu Jitsu moves at your disposal probably won’t make a difference unless you also have the speed and precision training of Jet Li.
As to which method is right for you, only you can tell for sure. A great deal will depend on how comfortable you are with any of the approaches listed above, as well as how much time, effort and energy you are willing to devote to your own personal safety.
Debi Steven Premier Self Defence 2013.