Self-defense coaches reveal tips everyone should know to stay safe
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- There are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself from an attacker.
- How you carry yourself can ward off an attack. Non-verbal communication can shows that you are strong and confident.
- Paying attention to your surrounding is the easiest thing you can do to keep yourself safe.
When was the last time you went for a run and didn't once think about someone jumping in front of you? How about searching for your car in a parking garage … do you always feel safe doing that?
Knowing how to defend yourself if someone attacks you might not be something you think about often. But being able to fight off an attacker is, unfortunately, something everyone should learn how to do.
That's why INSIDER asked two self-defense experts to give us a quick run-down of some basic safety tips.
Jennifer Cassetta, the creator of Stilettos &SelfDefense,apopularself-defenseprogramthatsheteachesatcolleges,corporationsandconferencesaroundthecountry,knowsathingortwoabouthowtostaysafe.
However,anymartialartstraining—aslongastheinstructorsandgymculturefeelsafeandempowering—is a great way to become a skilled fighter.
Protect your space.
In order for someone to physically hurt you, they must get close to you. She recommends that if you feel unsafe or uneasy around a person, don't allow them to isolate you.
For example, if you're in public, stay in public. "You can position yourself far enough away that they cannot touch you. Use your resources. Can you position yourself so that there's a chair or table between you and the other person? Just remember, as long as they're not armed, if they can't reach you, they can't physically hurt you," Piazza said.
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