How to Win a Fight: Self-Defense Strategies for the Untrained Woman

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You are out and enjoying life with your friends. Nevertheless, some knucklehead is determined to end your fun by trying to hurt you. What can you do?

Here are a few tactics that even someone who is not in great shape or has any special training can employ some simple self-defense:

First, wake up!

Who is watching you?

  • Look around, is someone giving you a hard look? Alternately, does someone quickly avoid your gaze?

  • Watch people’s hands as you are walking, do not look away when you pass.

  • Cross the street if you have to avoid a group of punks.

  • Do not get too drunk.

  • Are you in the habit of boasting about your fancy jewelry, motorcycle, or apartment?

  • Point out the troublemaker to the bartender or door attendant

  • If the negative vibes get too intense, leave.

Remember, it is always easier to STAY out of trouble than to GET out of trouble!

Second, keep from being hit in a vital area!

  • You need to be either two arms lengths away from him (outside of his kicking range) or all the way in tight against him (holding him in a boxing clinch). Anything in between puts, you in range for his punches and kicks.

  • Get your hands up in front of your face to protect yourself.

  • Keep your teeth clenched. When your mouth is open you are ripe to get you jaw broken.

Third, use your strongest weapons against his weakest targets!

  • Use the proverbial knee to the groin in tight clinches.
  • Smash him with your elbows in the face, throat and neck.
  • Gouge his eyes out with your fingers or thumbs.


  • Get a barrier between you and him (even if you have to run around a car).
  • Yell for help. You cannot count on people coming to your aid, but he might think someone will render assistance.
  • Use a weapon. Hose him down with your pepper spray. Use a chair like a lion tamer. Throw ashtrays at him.
  • Make your escape. Lose your ego and your attitude. Retreat and escape. Live to go out and party again next weekend.

Stay Alert…Stay Safe...Stay Alive!
Last Modified: 02 March 2013 13:20
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