Keeping Your Distance is the Best Self Defense

Whether you’re in an urban or other jungle, you need to be prepared to defend yourself against an attacker, either human or otherwise. The first thing to remember is that the best defense from someone armed with a knife is to run away. Of course, this same advice does not always work if you’re being attacked by an animal.

If you can’t run away from your human attacker because they are in your face with the knife, the first thing you need to do is to cover your face when someone first attacks: put your hands up and keep your elbows in. This is a very natural response to anything that comes towards you, so it should be very easy to do. By covering up in this way, you won’t be able to prevent being cut, but this will actually help minimize your injuries. It will also buy you some time to figure out what your next move should be. Also, don’t panic if you do get cut a couple of times: yes, you will bleed, but unless you’re cut ( and cut badly ) over twenty times, you are not going to bleed to death.

Most martial arts teach you to intercept an attack: this works well during your lessons in the dojo, but out in the streets or in the jungle, it does not work as well as you’d think. What you need to do is find a way to put as much distance, and as many obstacles, between you and your attacker. Many law enforcement officers feel well-armed because they have their revolver, Tasers, pepper spray, and batons. But that is no guarantee against being attacked at knifepoint.

There is one extremely important rule taught in police and special self-defense courses known as the Tueller drill and it is a good thing to remember: keep twenty-one feet in between yourself and the attacker and you will be safe. Keep your distance and make your escape!


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