The other week I got an email about a self defense class that WGN America (TV network) was putting on to promote their new show, 100 Code, which is a series about a manhunt for a serial killer (sounds intense haha). But when I saw the email, I was stoooked to go and learn some useful tips that I could use to prevent/help a dangerous situation. I live in Venice, and this city is no stranger to crime, so it’s good to know this stuff.
Of course taking the actual class will help you learn the recommended fighting moves, but I’ll give you guys the crash course on the ‘information’ side of things.
BEFORE YOU ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM:
-be extra aware when you are walking alone (to your car, on the street, etc.) and do not be on your phone or looking down. Predators look for victims that are distracted.
-be aware of your surroundings. If you have a ”weird feeling” about someone, follow your instinct and remove yourself from that area. The instructor told us about a girl in Santa Monica who was exercising up and down a set of stairs outside (it was around 4:30 in the afternoon), and she noticed this one guy who was at the top, and she got a weird feeling about him. She ignored her gut feeling, continued going up and down the stairs, and as she’s starting to go back down the third time, his hand covers her mouth from behind, he puts her into his van, and rapes her. Always trust your gut, it’s better safe than sorry!
-have pepper spray in your hand if you’re walking alone
WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A PROBLEM:
-if they’re telling you to get into their car, and they have a weapon, do not get in and try to run. Your chances of survival are way lower once you step into their car. If they are pointing a gun, run away in a zig zag motion.
-scream to try and get other people’s attention
-never give up fighting
-take a self defense class to learn fighting moves and techniques to defend yourself!
It’s always useful to know these tips, even if some sound obvious. I definitely want to go back to one of my instructor’s classes to better familiarize myself with the moves. My instructor has a studio called Shield in Culver City, see their website here
Have you guys ever taken a self defense class?