August 27, 2021

After our day class this morning the other day, Emma from Hot 91? dropped into the dojo to get a few self defence tips to share with the women of the Sunshine Coast. We filmed a short video clip (below) Emma shared with Hot 91’s Facebook followers and she also shared on air that afternoon.

Ladies, do you know how to defend yourself if you have to? Martin demonstrates with Emma a few helpful techniques! Watch Video

When it comes to self defence, the best solution is to develop a good sense of awareness so as to avoid any potentially dangerous situations in the first place. But if you can’t escape you may need to fight back.

Of course, these few tips are just some really quick ideas. And to really be natural with it you need to train your responses until they become instinctive. Unfortunately, most people’s instinctive response will often get them into more trouble, rather than out of trouble.

Here are a few more thoughts, for those who are interested. The ABC’s of self-defence…

A – awareness, assessment, avoidance. Be aware of your surroundings, be alert and assess for possible threats, and avoid them if possible.

B – balance. If you can’t avoid the threat, ground yourself, be ready to fight back if required.

C – confidence. If the threat becomes more real, look your attacker in the eye, stand up straight and use a firm, clear voice.

D – diffuse, distract, decisive. If you can use your words to diffuse the situation. Distract your attacker using any means necessary. If the attack continues, act decisively, swiftly take control and end it as quickly as possible.

E – escape. As soon as possible, escape the situation. Scream, shout and run like crazy, drawing as much outside attention as possible.

About the author 

Martin Phillips

Co-Founder of Karate 4 Life Online (established 2020) & Sunshine Coast Karate (established 2000).

A student of Chito-Ryu Karate-Do since 1984. Current rank: 5th Dan, Renshi (Master Instructor) & Kobujutsu 4th Dan.

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