Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Get Away! 5 Ways to Create Distance from an Aggressor

During our self defense training sessions we remind students that distance is their friend.   There are many reasons to stay away from a potential aggressor.  (see attached blog).

But how do you create distance if someone is trying to get closer.  After all, people are not always respectful of our space and someone intending to harm you is obviously void of all respect.

Here are 5 general ways to create distance in situations ranging from the annoying to the aggressive.

  1. Use Your Voice:  Stay Away!  Leave me alone!  Use an assertive tone and speak clearly.  Keep your message simple and direct.
  2. Body Language: Holding your hands out in front of you to say "Stay away, don't get closer."
  3. Walk/Run Away:  As you leave/back away continue to be aware of the person.  He might follow.  
  4. Common Objects: If the person is persistent use a common object (if available) to create distance - umbrella, throwing coins, water bottle... Flee if you can.
  5. Use Your Body:  If the aggressor does not back away, is trying to grab you, then you have to create distance with your physical tools - kicks, hand strikes, elbows, even bites - according to direction and distance.   
All of these techniques, even using your voice, need to be practiced.  Clear communication through voice and body language can be effective deterrents.  If, however, the person is not receptive and is intent on harming you then you have to revert more physically aggressive measures.

As much as possible keep him away.  Distance is your friend.

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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