If you’re like most children and women who attend our courses, you’ve never been in a fight before, but you want to be prepared in case you ever have to 💪
As always, you should do everything you can to avoid a fight in the first place. Fighting is always your very last option. But if you ARE forced to fight, here are our 5 top tips to win a fight and escape a dangerous situation like an assault or abduction.
1. CREATE SOME DISTANCE 🦶
If a guy is within arms distance of you, it is often called the dead zone. Why? Because, if the predator has ill intent, you're dead already and you just don't know it. You need to back away from him so you can react to whatever he does.
At our COBRA courses, we teach the rule of “four or more”. That is, any unsolicited attention or a stranger approaching should be at LEAST four strides away from you, or more.
2. KEEP YOUR HANDS UP ✋
If someone is threatening you, you should never have your hands down, in your pocket or occupied holding your phone. They need to be up and in front of your face so you can signal you are in defensive mode, so you can stop a strike and so you are well positioned to strike yourself if needed.
3. LEARN TO FLIP THE SWITCH 😠
You have to learn how to flip a switch in terms of violence and aggression. When that switch is off, you're not fighting. You're trying to deescalate the situation and get away safely. But as soon as a fight is unavoidable, you need to flip that switch and fight with 100% of everything you've got. You should never fight half-heartedly or defend yourself by only giving it 50%. That's a great way to get yourself hurt and in serious danger.
4. HIT FIRST 🤜
If a person is forcing you to fight and you don't want to fight but they are still coming at you, don’t hesitate to defend yourself. Rather, hit them first with a pre-emptive strike.
You should never try to provoke a fight. You should never try to pick a fight with anybody, but if you're backed against a wall with no way out, a pre-emptive strike of your own can be your best defence.
Even in professional fights and martial arts tournaments, data shows that the person who strikes first is usually the victor. Don’t wait to be harmed or incapacitated. Strike first and use the element of surprise or the time he spends recovery as a chance to run and escape.
5. END THE FIGHT QUICKLY 🏃♀️
Most fights last no more than 30 seconds, so you don't want to wait around and pace yourself and go twelve rounds with this guy, like in a boxing match. As soon as you know you have to fight, you want to give it everything you've got and don't stop until you finish it.
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