4 Basic Self-Defense Moves Absolutely Everyone Should Know
Think you could defend yourself if you were ever attacked? Just because you might be able to handle the toughest of workout classes doesn't necessarily mean you know how to protect yourself. But you absolutely should.
"Not only does basic self-defense knowledge make you safer and increase your chance of surviving a violent assault, it also contributes to feelings of confidence and personal power," says Jarrett Arthur, self-defense expert in New York City and co-owner of Jarrett and Jennie Self-Defense.
While it's easy to think about obvious situations where you might be attacked, there are those that aren't so obvious, namely when you're in your car. Women have a tendency to get into their car and sit while they check messages—a habit that can actually spell trouble. "If a predator is watching you, this is the perfect opportunity for that person to get in the passenger side, [threaten you], and tell you where to go," says Teri Jory, PhD, fourth degree black belt and creator of DFWM (aka Don't F*** With Me) Self Defense Training and Poise Productions. That's why as soon as you get in the car, as a matter of habit you should immediately lock the doors and leave.
4 Basic Self-Defense Moves Everyone Should Know
Fortunately, you don't have to have a black belt in karate to learn how to defend yourself. Just practice these four self-defense moves at home frequently so you'll feel confident using them if you're confronted.