Learn to protect yourself, build your strength and confidence, and have fun at the same time! At Kikara, we teach basic self-defence techniques while building your physical strength, endurance, flexibility and self-discipline.
Women today are particularly vulnerable to street assault and/or abduction. Kikara’s hugely successful Annual Women’s Self-Defence Seminars are highly effective in enhancing women’s personal safety awareness as well as their ability to defend themselves.
Don’t Be a Victim!
The key to effective self-defence is anticipating and dealing with the effects of the adrenaline rush that is a natural response when one is suddenly faced with an unanticipated attack. Being alert, aware and prepared could save your life!
By following these simple guidelines and techniques, you can enhance your awareness and significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of street violence. (Where an attacker [or attackers] is referenced in the following guidelines and techniques, the assumption is that the attacker is male.)
Be alert/aware. Be constantly alert and aware of your surroundings. Scan your environment regularly, focusing on the two or three blocks in front of and behind you. If you are walking alone at night, look behind you every five seconds.
Demonstrate confidence/fearlessness. Demonstrate confidence through your posture. Walk with energy and confidence, with your head erect, and don’t be afraid to make eye contact. Attackers choose who they perceive to be an easy target. Don’t play the victim!
Dress for comfort/freedom of movement. Wear comfortable clothing and rubber-soled flat shoes, to enable freedom of movement.
Are you being followed? If you think someone is following you, cross the street, then check back to see if the person is still following you. If he is, confront him. Look directly at him. Direct confrontation often frightens off an attacker. If this tactic isn’t effective, run toward the nearest street light or a crowded area, scream loudly for help and of course call the emergency line (911) as soon as you are able to gain access to a phone!
If you are attacked
It is essential to prepare yourself, mentally and physically, for an attack when someone suddenly gets too close to you and demonstrates aggressive behaviour. If you are attacked:
Defend/disable. Use your arms to block the attack and target the groin, hitting it forcefully with your knee. Try to disable your attacker as soon as possible.
Seek a brightly lit, crowded area. If you are successful in disabling or distracting your attacker, run immediately towards a brightly lit area where there are crowds of people. Avoid back alleys or dimly lit areas!
Yell and scream as loud as you can! This will let others know you are in distress, and will likely scare off your attacker.
Carry a sharp instrument on your key chain that can be used in a crisis situation.
Target the pressure points. Hit your attacker with as much force as possible on any one of the exposed pressure points of his body, e.g., the throat, diaphragm, groin, jaw, knee cap, shin, eyes, and lower ribs.
If the attacker is much heavier than you, try to gouge his eyes and bite his nose, cheek, or neck when he gets close to you. Always protect your face with your hands and forearms.
Be prepared to flee.Run as fast as you can as soon as you have hit your attacker. Your personal safety should be your primary concern. Hitting an attacker in a sensitive spot should allow you enough time to run away.
In the Event of Multiple Attackers
Face your attackers. If there are two or more attackers, always face them. Position yourself so that your back is protected. Never let them get behind you.
Focus on all attackers simultaneously. Even if just one of the attackers approaches you, remember to concentrate on all of your attackers at the same time.
When it looks like one of the attackers is threatening violence, use the elementÂ of surprise, and try to hit one of the others. He will not be expecting to be attacked.
Essential Self-Defence Tools
Seek knowledge of self-defence techniques and strategies. Take a self-defence course or enroll in a martial arts school that has a strong self-defence component. Learn as much as you can about how to escape from various holds, how to use joint manipulation techniques, and how to fight from the ground.
Develop Speed, Power, and Timing.Take target training, partner training, bag training, distance and balance training. These are all important aspects of developing your self-defence skills. If you learn how to use these skills with power and speed you have a greater chance of delivering a blow that will injure your attacker and allow you to escape. Learn about the timing of your techniques as well, i.e., the best time to deliver a blow for maximum effectiveness.
Strengthen your body.Adopt a regular exercise routine to help strengthen your body. Sit-ups and push-ups will help build your upper body strength. A strong body isn’t just about physical strength; it also needs to be able to absorb blows while you fight back and escape.
Develop a strong cardio-vascular system.Practice running. It’s not only an essential self-defence skill’s also enhances your overall fitness and general health.
Use Concentration, Communication, and Psychology. Concentration and awareness of your surroundings is essential. Breathe deeply and try to remain calm and relaxed at all times. Believe in your ability to defend yourself and you will survive. Communicate with your attacker calmly and confidently. Use whatever psychological tactics you can in order to diffuse the situation.
Use your voice – Yell! (KIAI). Never beafraid to yell — loud, long, and primal. Make as much noise as you can, and don’t be afraid to keep on yelling.
Maintain a safe distance. If you are in an argument with a potential attacker, maintain a two-metre (10 feet) distance. If the person tries to get close to you, back away and try to maintain this space between you. As you are backing away, reach for your pepper spray or a sharp object and keep talking. Always use your communication skills to try to avoid a confrontation.