Self-Defense for Women

The well-known martial artist Bruce Lee once said, ”There is only one basic principle of self-defense - you must apply the most effective weapon as soon as possible to the most vulnerable.”


The well-known martial artist Bruce Lee once said, ”There is only one basic principle of self-defense - you must apply the most effective weapon as soon as possible to the most vulnerable.” The most applicable definition of self-defense given by Cornell Law School is ‘It is the use of force to protect oneself from an attempted injury by another.’ It is a countermeasure to defend oneself from any harm. The self-defense techniques and strategies work equally for all. But women need it more often since, according to the statistics, women are assaulted more often than men.

A few proven strategies can be followed to minimise damage during an assault. The following methods may be more effective in facing or avoiding an assault.

  1. Trusting Your Instincts: Most women learn or join self-defense classes after coming face-to-face with any assault. But more often, when they recall the assault, they realise that they had some bad feeling about the environment or the person. Well, if something feels wrong, then it probably isn’t safe. It is better to avoid certain places or people whenever our gut strongly thinks about it. Always listening to the voice within will be helpful.

  2. Avoid Being Targeted: Rather than falling prey to an assault, it is better to avoid it. In any situation wherein a person feels uncomfortable, or the other person gives creeps, it is better to flee from that place. It may be the elevator, stairs or any secluded road. Escaping from such situations is the foremost self-defense technique.

  3. Being Confident and Using a Bold Voice: Most attackers try speaking out to the victim before their move. When this happens, one should be convinced to present oneself and not panic. Good verbal skills are also effective in such situations. Speaking confidently, setting a calm mind and using a solid/ bold voice will fail the attacker.

  4. Use a Non-confrontational Stance: Even if the victim knows self-defense techniques, it is better not to provoke the attacker. A calm and diplomatic perspective will develop more confidence in the attacker, and he may not be able to predict the counter move. But instead, if a martial art stance is revealed, the attacker might become more aggressive, and the consequences might be gruesome.

  5. A Safe Distance: Maintaining a safe space from the attacker is best to avoid maximum damage. Firstly, verbal skills can be used to maintain the distance, but when the attacker approaches closer and closer, it is better to elope. Running away may not be appreciated in other situations in life, but as a self-defense technique, it is much proven in getting away from uneasy/awkward situations.

  6. Using Simple Techniques: Even though the victim knows all the martial arts techniques when presenting them in such situations, it is always better to go for the simple ones. The simple, easy strikes that cause maximum damage are helpful. A blow on the nose, chin, strike on the eyes and a strong kick on the groin are the direct strikes that can draw time for the victim to elope the situation.

  7. Don’t Panic and Follow-through: Most of the time, when a person is assaulted, the victim falls to the ground due to fear and shock. In such cases, even if the victim has fallen on the ground, they should never panic. Instead, they should find opportunities to overcome the assaulter and follow through with the situation. The battle must not be paused because that gives the assaulter a chance to detect the weakness. When the victim fights back, though it will be difficult to prevail, one can expect help at that time. And once hope and courage are lost, it is much easier for the assaulter to do his work.

In reality, the assault can happen to anyone at any time. It is impossible to avoid it entirely, but it is better to be prepared for such situations. As a starter to protect oneself, the best thing to do is memorise the vulnerable places in the human body. Points like the solar plexus, throat, eyes, nose, groin and knee are the most susceptible. It must be seen to it that these points are first aimed while self-defending. This can draw some time to escape from the place or seek help. The self-defense coach Michael Joyce quotes, “ If attacked, your fear will be organic and ever-present. The clever fox's trick is waiting till the ‘foxhole’ appears and using every ounce of cunning to escape and or every ounce of quickness to attack, deflect, distract or evade. Safety comes easiest to those that can think like a fox.” When such times cannot be avoided, it is more necessary to be prepared to face them.