People have the right to defend themselves if they are being attacked. This is an unquestionable fact. However, there are limits on what a person is able to do with self-defense. For example, a minor disagreement does not give a person the excuse to kill their opponent. Here are some options when it comes to defending yourself.

Self-Defense Techniques

Self-defense techniques are protection. They teach you how to identify and focus your attack on your attacker’s vulnerable areas. These include the groin, eyes, nose, and throat. Self-defense classes encourage attack victims to avoid attacking the knees and the chest. These attacks usually require a kick, which can be difficult for a novice to perform. Attacks to the chest are usually ineffective.

One popular self-defense technique is the hammer strike. You use your keys or another object to swing down and strike your opponent. A kick to the groin can be enough to shock your attacker, giving you the opportunity to escape. A heel palm strike can damage the throat or nose, giving you time to get away from your opponent. Elbow strikes work when you are in close proximity to the attacker and cannot get sufficient momentum to throw a punch.


The Second Amendment gives people the right to have guns and to use them for self-defense. However, the laws governing self-defense do not allow a person to take a gun and use deadly force just because another person hits them first or because another person made a violent threat. While firearms can be a powerful form of self-defense, traditional self-defense laws mean that a person who is being attacked or threatened with an imminent attack should first try to retreat. If possible, they should try to avoid taking physical action or only use enough force to fend off the attacker.

Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is used by many in the United States as an effective device for self-defense. Pepper spray can be valuable in deterring an attacker, but pepper spray users need to have experience in using it.

Before you find yourself in a situation where you may need to use pepper spray, get comfortable holding the bottle. Use your thumb instead of your index finger to activate the pepper spray. This allows you to use your other fingers and palm to form a secure grip around the pepper spray. To be effective, you should know the number of shots remaining in your pepper spray container, keep it an appropriate distance from yourself, make sure it is accessible, and know-how to arm and disarm your pepper spray device.

All forms of self-defense require practice and training. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings. If possible, avoid threats before they arise. By doing these things, you may not need to use your self-defense tools, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared.

By Erica Buteau

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