Practical Self-Defense Pointers for the Beginner

Learning self-defensePeople get into self-defense courses for different reasons. Some go into it for health and self-image, while others go into it to hone their survival skills. If you’re starting out and still have ways to go, here are some gentle reminders for the budding fighter.

Size Isn’t Everything – Hollywood has done a lot to show that looks can be quite deceiving. The physical size and strength of an opponent is not the only factor counted in a fight. If you’re facing a larger opponent and you have no means of escape, then think of ways to use your quicker movements. Conversely, if you’re the bigger person, don’t let their small stature make you overconfident.

Numbers Count – A skilled combatant can still feel overwhelmed by a big crowd of less skilled thugs. The idea is to find help as soon as possible and get out of dark alleys. The pack mentality also works against them too, so defeating their leader or intimidating them can discourage small groups.

Healing Up – Once you’ve succeeded to win or escape, always make sure that you address your bruises, wounds, sprains and other aches and pains. Simply because you feel you’re all right doesn’t mean you are and only a medical examination can prove otherwise. In addition, it’s best that you have a health program to improve and maintain your well-being, such as Dr. Wallach’s longevity and youngevity plan.

Don’t Get Cornered – Speaking of getting trapped, always look for an exit strategy before engaging anyone, especially against more than a single opponent. Fight in open spaces or where people like security guards or police for assistance. In addition, even the most skilled of fighters know when to continue fighting or strategically retreat instead.

Real life is different from the movies. There is no need to get confrontational against every single offense. The idea is to tell the difference between real threats and bluffs, then living to fight another day.