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Self Defense: Must Know Personal Protection Facts

Updated on August 17, 2011

In 2009 the FBI recorded 806,843 aggravated assaults in the U.S. This only includes crimes committed with guns knives or other dangerous weapons. Add to that number all of the unreported crimes and those assaults without weapons and you can see that the world can be a very scary place.

But you don’t have to live in fear just because there are bad people out there.

The biggest key to staying safe is equipping yourself with the knowledge and skill to keep you away from trouble or in the worst case scenario get you out of trouble.

Self-Defense training should be a mandatory subject that all people should learn when they grow up. After all…life is our most valuable possession, but few people know how to protect themselves from those who may try to hurt them.

I have been working in the self defense industry for about two decades and have come across just about every self defense theory, good and bad, dreamed up in past 50 years or so.

I have also dealt with military special operations commandos, high level security professionals and numerous martial arts masters. Over the years I have seen what works and what doesn’t.

Many of these experts have come to similar conclusions about self defense, even if they have wildly different backgrounds.

Personal Safety Facts:

  • The average fight lasts for only 3-5 seconds.
  • Fancy moves don’t work in real life. Simple is best.
  • Criminals target the weak and those they think lacking self confidence.
  • Good blocking never won a fight. You have to take the offensive position.
  • The person who hits first is most likely to win.
  • Every street fight is a life threatening situation.
  • A fair fight is a fight you don’t want to be in.

Simply knowing these seven keys to self defense will give you an unfair advantage over any attacker. But some of these principles need a little more explanation so follow along.

Simple, Effective Groin Strike
Simple, Effective Groin Strike

Fancy moves you see in the movies don’t work in real life. A good move is one that is directed at a vulnerable target on the body and inflicts the maximum amount of damage to your attacker with a simple strike.

Simplicity of motion means you will not forget how to do something in the heat of the moment. Going after maximum pain means you will inflict physical and psychological damage to your opponent. Scaring him by trying to poke his eyes out often take the fight out of a would be attacker.

There are few blocks that inflict damage and knowing how to use them can be difficult to learn. You should know how to block, but you should focus your training on how to strike targets and escape.

Confidence will keep you out of a fight. You don’t have to be 6’3” to keep a predator from choosing you as a target. You can learn body language cues that tells a would be attacker that you are a strong and confident person.

They will pass over you because they don’t want to pick a fight against someone who may injure them.

Taking an unfair advantage in a fight is one of the biggest keys to success. Don’t get me wrong throwing sand in your brother in laws face when he gets too rowdy at the family picnic will not win you any friends.

I am talking about street fights (any fight that is outside of a controlled environment, and against an opponent who wants to do physical damage to you or a loved one) not family or friendly scuffles.

In a street fight he who has the unfair advantage wins. So how can this unfair advantage be attained? Use pepper spray, an improvised weapon, use a distraction technique, pull hair and bite. All of these things are on the table in a life or death situation. To learn more check out an article on improvised weapons.

If he is a criminal (which any attacker is) he is well versed in the rules of street fighting. And the only rule of street fighting is that there are no rules to street fighting. Yes this may sound like a silly cliché but it is true and the minute you forget it you will get hurt.

If you want to learn more ways to help defend yourself in an attack check out my blog at You will find tons of great advice to keep you and your family safe.

Stay Smart and Stay Safe,

Bob Pierce



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