Awareness, Intuition and Body Language: your primary self-defense tools

Undeniable, women are constant targets of sexual predators. Statistics of sexual assaults on women are alarming; one out of five women become a rape victim in their lifetime. Less than forty percent of these rapes get reported to police. Thus, allowing the offenders to perpetrate their crimes over and over.

First and foremost, Krav Maga puts a big emphasis on prevention. It teaches students the importance of awareness and listening to our inner alarm, that sense of foreboding: intuition! Being aware and reacting to “a funny feeling that something is off” can help avoid potentially dangerous situations.

It is better to err on the side of caution and avoid danger. These simple examples of safe behavioral patterns can help minimize chances of assault:

  • Cross a deserted street when a stranger is approaching
  • Don’t get into an elevator with unknown and suspicious persons
  • Don’t open house doors to delivery personnel without verifying credentials
  • Ask a friend, co-worker, or security guard to accompany you to your vehicle in a deserted garage
  • Don’t leave a drink unattended
  • Get a hiking/running buddy

The desire to control drives many rapists and is often stronger than their sexual urges. They will look for a vulnerable victim that they can master. Body language is a significant factor. Casting eyes downward, appearing meek and passive, dragging feet, fearful expression, slumped posture are all signs of someone that may be insecure.

When a woman is confident in her stride, aware of her surroundings and walks with purpose, she is less attractive to a sexual predator.

Since female high-school and college students are the most common victims of sexual assaults, we strongly recommend that parents educate girls and young women on these essential survival skills.


Krav Maga: the optimal self-defense for women

While there are many self-defense systems and devices available, we find that Krav Maga offers the optimal solution to women’s safety concerns. Krav Maga developed by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli military and later adapted for civilians in the 1960’s due to its reality-based approach to dealing with violent attacks. This hand to hand combat system has proven time and again to save people’s lives in dangerous situations.

Krav Maga training includes high-stress, every-day, every-second-counts altercations. To get help, you must first be able to call for it or get someone’s attention that understands and is willing to help. Krav Maga teaches and gives tools to get out of a situation safely, de-escalate if possible, and fight to a safe place when necessary. Understanding the concept of attacking vulnerable body part with utmost speed and efficiency, helps overcome the factor that the assailant is most likely much bigger and stronger.

Krav Maga breaks a stereotype that a woman is the weaker sex that needs to be protected by a man. Unfortunately, even in modern days, the stigma of a weak woman waiting for rescue is perpetrated by print and media, and girls are growing up dreaming of being Cinderella or Belle, and less of a Wonder Woman or Lara Croft. Krav Maga teaches women to break that mold, to discover a fighter within themselves and not project weakness to the outside world.

One of the fundamental Krav Maga strikes a kick to the groin. Many traditional martial arts outlaws this kick and people train their brains not to treat groin as a target. However, it is painful and both shocking to a male attacker. And when a victim strikes the attackers groin, the pain and shock can be disorienting affording her time to escape or deliver further attacks. Other vulnerable parts are eyes, which are again outlawed in traditional martial arts. A victim may choose to throw rocks and sand to the eyes from a distance or strike the eyes with her fingers if the attacker is close.

Another significant advantage of Krav Maga over traditional self-defense systems is that it works for everyone regardless of their fitness level, weight, or size. Anyone can gauge eyes, throats and kick groins. A person does not require to be kickboxing or Muay Thai champion to deliver a compelling strike if the target is chosen correctly. While all of the martial arts train their practitioners to strike major muscle groups that do minimal damage to the attacker, in contrast, Krav Maga prepares you to do maximum damage in minimum time to escape to safety as soon as possible.