Today, I want to give you my number one self-defense tip: Prevent attacks!
Too many people think of self-defense as violently fighting off an attacker. In reality, self-defense starts long before that. Once attacked, you have already lost most of the battle. Once attacked, you have a very large likelihood of getting severely hurt or at least failing to stop the attack.
A person can most effectively stop an attack by avoiding it in the first place. Overall, you have to use common sense and take time to make smart choices to avoid dangerous situation and prevent attacks. For example, do not go out alone at night. Do not go off with people you do not know. Keep your doors locked. Have your keys ready when going to your car in an empty parking lot. Those are just examples.
Women and children have to take personal steps most of all. Unfortunately, they face the most danger when going out. Most rapists and abductors target them.
Many self-defense classes will teach you ways to avoid dangerous situations and prevent attacks. Even most martial arts classes make it a point to teach students to avoid fights and avoid the need to fight. So you probably want to take any of those types of classes if you get the chance.
If you have any tips of your own, please post them as a comment. Then the other readers can see them, and we can all share our knowledge.
What do you think?