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8 Self Defense Tips for the Survivalist

8 Self Defense Tips for the Survivalist

We like to make sure we’re prepared for anything. Whatever survival situation we’re placed in, we plan ahead, we think through our options, and we come out on top. But one situation many of us don’t fully plan ahead for is an attack or a dangerous situation where an attack is possible. That means having proper self defense skills to get out alive.

Have you ever heard of an attack situation and thought you’d know exactly what to do to get out if you were placed in the same situation? Well, it’s tough to really know how you’d survive unless you practice self defense and know what to do.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you’re always prepared for a self defense situation:

  1. Be aware. This is ultimately the best survival tactic. Make sure you’re aware of who’s around you and what they’re doing. Know where exit points are around you and what items you can use as a weapon should you be in a situation without one of your own.
  2. Don’t put yourself in bad situations. Sounds simple, right? A bad situation can be anything that puts you in danger or forces you to feel vulnerable. Know when a situation has turned dangerous and know when to simply stay away.
  3. Be realistic. If you’re the type of person who tends to see the best in people, know this could cloud your judgment and put you in danger. Take a second to think about how a situation - or person - could turn dangerous.
  4. Pay attention to body language. Learn how to read people. Know when someone’s acting suspicious, and even pay attention to anyone else that might be around -- do they look uneasy or scared? This could be a good way to know that something might be going on.
  5. Never underestimate that gut feeling. Most people who end up getting attacked say they were suspicious before it happened. Just listen to that voice that tells you something is up, and get out.
  6. Act, don’t react. Take control of the situation by either leaving before something happens or making the first move when you think there may be an attack. An attacker is more likely to leave you alone if they don’t feel like they have control.
  7. Always carry a weapon -- and know how to use it. A weapon is useless if you don’t know how to properly use it. Spend some time practicing and learning all about your weapon(s) and when to use one.
  8. Don’t be afraid to run away. Always be prepared to put up a good fight, but know when to run away in order to stay safe. Believe us, running away is a much better decision than staying and fighting when you know you can’t win.

We've also put together a list of the top 5 reasons to learn self defense.

So, how do you feel now about being placed in a situation requiring self defense?  Head to our Facebook page to keep the conversation going. Add some extra tips, share your story, or ask questions. We’re here to help you survive, whatever it takes.

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