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Self Defense

Will your daughter be able to defend herself if someone tries to physically assault her? Arm your daughter with some basic self defence techniques and tools to ensure that she doesn’t become a victim with our tips here.

A woman's greatest weakness is her lack of physical strength and it is this weakness combined with sexual desirability that makes women prone to unwanted overtures and attacks.

We all know that it is relatively easy for a man to overpower a woman, especially if she is taken by surprise. Even though your daughter may never find herself in danger of rape, molestation or eve-teasing, cat-calling or sexual leering which lasts just a few minutes, can be profoundly disturbing, more so if she finds herself completely helpless in the situation.

So how can you prepare your daughter? No matter how much you shelter and protect her, realistically you cannot be there to shield her every minute of the day. So, teach her to fend for herself. One of the ways you can do this is by enrolling her in a martial arts course. You can then teach her to run if she can, fight if she must.

Pepper Sprays, Apps, Tasers, and Panic Buttons

Considering the increasing number of rape victims in India, there is a flourishing business to provide women with safe weapons to protect themselves. Buy your
daughter some
self-defence tools from the suggested ones below:

  • Pepper Spray: Give your daughter a bottle of pepper spray (available online) and insist she carry it in the front pocket of her backpack or bag where it is easily accessible. Insist that she spray the eyes of anyone who is making her uncomfortable, uncaring of how normal they seem.

  • Cell Phone Apps: Provide her with a cell phone, and download one of the many apps that have been designed especially to protect the woman in danger. Upon dialling a pre-programmed emergency number, these apps immediately pinpoint your location and send a danger message to all your pre-chosen contacts. Some also contact the nearest police station or send out screeching Help Me sirens which will hopefully alert the public and scare off deviants.

  • Tasers and Stun Guns: Tasers and stun guns are electroshock weapons which send electrical currents through the assailant’s body causing the body’s control over the muscles to disrupt for a small amount of time. Certain stun guns even cause short-term unconsciousness, providing the would-be victim with enough time to run away.

  • Panic Button: Many key-chains come with a panic button inbuilt, which lets out a loud alarm or siren or shouts ‘Help’ constantly when pressed. This brings public attention to the assailant and victim, and is enough to frighten the assailant in most cases.

Help her Learn to Strike

Although most women know that a kick in the right place is a great self-defence move, few, other than in movies, are able to orchestrate the move when most required. The act of physically assaulting a stranger is overwhelming, and women are usually paralyzed with shock and fear, and unable to let out a sound louder than a whimper during a sudden attack. These fears are addressed in a self-defence class, and women leave feeling much more emboldened and empowered. 

Most forms of martial arts require the use of mind and body, with the result that your daughter will not only be more equipped to whip anyone trying to act funny with her, but she will also be a more focused person - a quality which will no doubt help her through her life.

Teach your Daughter to Confront her Attackers in Public

If your daughter ever has anyone sit next to her in a public place, either in a cinema or a park or anywhere, who made her feel uncomfortable, tell her to MOVE or look the person in the eye and ask him to move back. If someone is following her on a busy street, she should go up to that person and confront him at the top of her voice. The public will be on her side, and this is certainly not what he would be expecting. If she wants to appear even more threatening, she could fish out her cell phone and threaten to call the police if he does not back off. Teach your daughter not to bother about niceties with strangers who make her uncomfortable, even if they seem respectable.

Do not instil unnecessary fears in your daughter’s mind, but do not block out reality either. Lawlessness seems to be the order of the day, and even walking on deserted streets in daylight can be a risk. Learn self defence yourself, so you can become a role model for your children. Teach them some moves, do light practice at home, and make it fun. In addition, learning a martial art is great exercise as well. It will make your child fitter, physically and mentally.

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.5 years ago
Through various market research i find that cobra pepper spray is the most effective one and for more details log in with
himanshu.5 years ago
pepper sprays are available online on a lot of websites.. just type in google and you'll get a lot of responses. dont know about panic buttons..
manvi.5 years ago
where do we get panic buttons and pepper spray in mumbai?
pratiksha.6 years ago
my girl is very strong and s knows how to protect herself..
adilenekate.9 years ago
Hi,nevertheless that a women need to know more than this for her security when she is alone...all that she needs is how to tackle the situation and face the attackers,here we have a lot of info. and every woman should get trained up with all the basic skills to protect herself..take up classes from the best martial arts schools and be at the top,you can also get more information at late just feel the difference to be the toughest.
Jaya.9 years ago
good article on self defence. i think every girl should know the art of self defence. you may never know when you will be in need....
Daniela S..9 years ago
i do not agree on the last posting telling children to turn and confront someone who may be "following" them. this is not a good idea. the correct approach is for the child to know to get immediately to a public area, neighbor they know, etc. i recently purchased a very good video called the bully factor . it is a video for kids and made by kids to educate children on how to get out of these potentially threatening situations using very basic techniques. the company who created this video did a great job. my children enjoyed it, learned from it and it also opened a conversation about strangers and bullies and dangerous confrontations. there is even additional information on their website about the second video that is coming out called "not me!". this next one will be about techniques your child can use in an abduction/aggressive stranger situation. i highly recommend purchasing these tapes if you are a parent with children ages 5-15yrs! you wont be disapponted! your child only has one life---give them the information they need to stay safe and protect it!
sapna.9 years ago
someone was following me once, and it was a boy of around 20, and i was around 25, and i was with a friend. both of us walked up to him and started shouting at him. he was a piddly servant somewhere. of course, it was in a public place, and he got really frightened bec he didnt expect this. children should not confront, but i think young women, who are older, should assess the situation and then decide if they should confront the person or not. the 20 year old was a short, skinny little thing, and there were 2 of us in a crowded, well lit place, so i didnt feel threatened at all, and he totally just ran away.
latrice.9 years ago
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macho.9 years ago
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