I’ve been focusing on older folks self defense lately, particularly the ladies, when I realized that I hadn’t pointed out self-defense tips for children yet! Here’s a decent video on the topic, though, I would add/emphasize a few things as well:
- Make LOTS of noise. Noise attracts attention and I’d figure that’s something predators don’t want.
- Use the elbows/forearms to strike if able. The elbow is stronger than your fist and can do more damage when at close range.
- Aim for the most sensitive areas of the body: eye, throat, groin and don’t hold back. Shove those eyeballs to the back of the skull. 🙂
- I liked that they taught the child to run around and away… that’s the best plan… even running around a trashcan could be enough.
- Bite! Yeah, it sounds nasty and that’s the point. Nobody likes being bit and if you can tear skin, that’s best.
- Use your head. That is, headbutt the bad guy if you’re being bear-hugged. A nice wallop to the chin may daze them enough to let you go.
- Squirm like crazy if you’re being held. Flail, kick, convulse like you’re at a Metallica concert (or whatever the kids listen to these days)… anything and everything is better than giving up.
I’d say the safety officer said it best in the video: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Amen!
Now, here’s five more from the video…