Regardless if you are using basic techniques, weapons, or martial arts for self-defense, it is important to have the right posture. A prepared body is essential in self-defense apart from clearing out your mind. Most of the fine points in martial arts are not necessarily executable given a specific situation. As such, women should also learn the proper posture when defending themselves.
• Keeping Hands Up – In most full contact fighting like boxing and MMA, it is important to keep the hands up. This is to ensure that you would be able to intercept blows to your head. However, it is not advisable to make fists when raising your hands since it would give the hint to the attacker that you want to fight. If you are threatened, keep your hands up in your front body and between the hands of your attacker and your head.
This is comparable to “talking with your hands.” You only have to stay calm. If the attacker starts moving, make sure to trust you instinct to flinch but keep your hands in front to intercept a blow or any move of the attacker. Although you may not be able to absorb the blow of the attacker completely, you could definitely lessen the impact. This could also give you time to run or take hold of a defense weapon like pepper spray or stun gun.
• Tucking the Chin – Generally, receiving a blow to the chin or jaw can turn the head and cause a knockout. This is the reason why full contact fighters keep their chins tucked during matches. Tucking the chin can make it harder to hit since the jaw is braced up against your shoulders as the head makes it harder to be knocked out. Tucking the chin can be as subtle as keeping the hands up. You only have to drop your chin although you should not bend back. Make sure that you only tuck your chin enough for you to turn your neck in every direction.
• Keeping the Feet Shoulder-Width Apart – Usually women tend to narrow the distance between their feet during attacks or assaults. This is a huge mistake because they can trip easily or be shoved around by the attacker. It is also a mistake to keep a huge distance between your feet because it can keep you from running fast. This is why it is best to keep your feet shoulder-width apart. This would provide stability if shoved and gives sufficient mobility to escape or run.
• Bending the Knees – It is important to bend your knees if you want to establish a biomechanical power to run or fight your assailant. Bending the knees can allow you to push off your legs. If your legs are already extended too much, you would only have little chance to build initial momentum. You only have to bend your knees slightly to establish mobility and make it appear that you will not fight your attacker.
• Avoid Facing Threats Head On – If you already suspect an attack, it is best to step one foot back to help point the vulnerable parts of your body away from such attack. It is not advisable to face the attack head on. Make sure that your body, specifically your abdomen, is well protected. Stepping one foot back can provide stability against the grabbing and pushing of your assailant and reduces your front profile. You do not have to make it obvious to your assailant that you are stepping back on purpose. Keep it natural and make sure that there is enough space between your feet to remain stable.
It is best to practice these self-defense postures to be prepared in assault situations. Like many say, “Practice makes perfect.” Furthermore, always remain calm and relaxed when executing these postures to ensure their efficiency.