I’m passionate about quite a few things: making Australia as healthy and #happyfit as possible, my son Arnie, croissants, my husband Ed, and self-defence (the order changes depending on how fresh the croissants are).
This is why I make sure I include a self-defence classes with my fitness program TIFFXO, to ensure that every woman, man, Ninja and dog in Australia is covered and safe.
Self-defence isn’t about throwing the first punch or being the loudest in a scenario, it’s about being prepared. Of course, if you can prevent or avoid a situation, that is the most ideal outcome, but that isn’t always realistic.
When a situation gets a little hairy, use the acronym ASAP first:
A – Attract attention. Your voice is an alarm.
S – Send a clear vocal message. Just screaming may allow people to think you’re already being helped, yell out “help!” to get instant attention.
A – Act, don’t freeze. Naturally, we are prone to a fight or flight response and we want to encourage the FIGHT bit. By screaming and bringing attention to yourself, you will stop the paralysis of fear and allow your brain to think. The worst thing you can do is freeze as you may have seconds to act.
P – Power. Breathe out so you are not winded as you strike and give yourself a chance to think. Create a spectacle. Make some noise! Show the attacker you are tough and brave, full of power and strength.
If that doesn’t get you out of the situation…
1. Never put your hands up in guard position.
This will show you could have martial arts training and can ruin the element of surprise and can provoke aggression. Always put your hands, open, in front of your face as you try to walk away.
2. Use a hard weapon on your body
Such as an elbow, fist, heel, knee to a soft target on the attacker’s body groin, eyes, throat. A finger to the eye is a hard weapon to soft target, just as effective as stomping your hard heel into the attacker’s soft toes.
3. Never punch to the face
Always punch to the throat. It is a softer target. Punching to the face will break your hand.
4. Kick effectively
For example, a more effective way of kicking to the groin, is to kick up and under with your straight leg and to strike with your shin.
While you’re here, these are the wellness commandments Boost founder Janine Allis swears by, plus the wellness rituals Miranda Kerr swears by.
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