How to Defend Yourself from an Attacker

November 15, 2018

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Can you imagine what the consequences may be if you face an attacker? We can suggest some methods which, if you apply properly, might save the day for you.

Observe the Attacker

To quote the military genius and author of ‘The Art of War,’ Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not to fear the results of 100 battles.” Always be alert especially in deserted lanes. Try to figure out the possible assailant(s). Observe them as keenly as possible. Lookout for any hidden weapons. Try to gauge their strength, stamina and the fighting prowess. Most importantly try to understand their motives.

Avoid the Fight

In case you do understand the motive of the attacker, try to negate the fight verbally. Again, to quote Sun Tzu, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” It is not wise to engage with the attackers if they are carrying weapons. You should also avoid any physical altercation if you are facing two or more assailants. Real life is a different from reel life. You are not an action hero so don’t act like one. Muhammad Ali, arguably the best boxer ever to have stepped in the ring, also tried to escape when attacked by a white supremacist biker gang. There is no shame in running or surrendering your wallet if your act averts such dangerous situations.


If the fight is unavoidable, then make sure that you hit your attacker back on every opportunity. Taking strikes while lying on the ground will not help you. You must counterattack and let your attacker feel the pain. Not only he would be discouraged to continue the fight with you, but will also think twice before attacking the next victim.

Always be Defensive

If you have got any self-defense training, especially boxing, then you might recall your coach insisting on always keeping your guard (the hands protecting you) up. Keep your hands up to protect your face and head, the two most vulnerable parts of your body.

The defensive posture would also be in your favor in case the law enforcing agencies catch you fighting with the attacker. The people witnessing the fight will judge you as the victim and report the same. On the contrary, an aggressive posture might confuse onlookers. You might lose out on your possible witnesses, or worse, they might also blame you. Instead of you being the victim the observers might claim witnessing the fight between two criminals.


Try to innovate during the fight and use anything suitable as a weapon to attack the aggressor. It might be something in your pocket like car keys, a belt, bag or even your shoes. Do remember attack is the best defense.

Ask for Help

In case your fight prolongs then most probably you would be able to notice other people witnessing your struggle. Ask them to call the cops and the emergency numbers. The caller and the others most probably will become your witness as the law enforcing agencies pacify the situation.

Medical Attention

Seek medical attention immediately in case you have suffered any injuries during the fight. Immediate medical treatment would lessen the severity of your injuries and in extreme cases may even save your life.

Modern security guard training might be better in comparison to any other traditional martial arts training. Not only you will learn self-defense, but it might provide you with an alternative career option. If you are a resident of Red Deer, then contact GPS Security Group for a proper security guard training.

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