Self Defense/Martial Arts Program
AICPS always stresses on the need to every person to know how to defend oneself in any difficult situation. And it is our priority to make this point a necessity to learn for all people living and dwelling in our area of operations in India. Self-defense refers to actions taken by a person to prevent another person from causing harm to one’s self, one’s property or one’s home. Many styles of martial arts are practiced for self-defense. Some styles train almost exclusively for self-defense, while others are practiced for other reasons and not intended for self-defense at all. Self-defense courses are intended to give the layperson some instruction in self-defense in a short period of time.
Reduce Your Risks
Another part of self-defense is doing things that can help you stay safe. Here are some tips from the National Crime Prevention Council and other experts:
- Understand your surroundings. Walk or hang out in areas that are open, well lit, and well traveled. Become familiar with the buildings, parking lots, parks, and other places you walk. Pay particular attention to places where someone could hide — such as stairways and bushes.
- Avoid shortcuts that take you through isolated areas.
- If you’re going out at night, travel in a group.
- Make sure your friends and parents know your daily schedule (classes, sports practice, club meetings, etc.). If you go on a date or with friends for an after-game snack, let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Check out hangouts. Do they look safe? Are you comfortable being there? Ask yourself if the people around you seem to share your views on fun activities — if you think they’re being reckless, move on.
- Be sure your body language shows a sense of confidence. Look like you know where you’re going and act alert.
- When riding on public transportation, sit near the driver and stay awake. Attackers are looking for vulnerable targets.
- Carry a cell phone if possible. Make sure it’s programmed with your parents’ phone number.
- Be willing to report crimes in your neighborhood and school to the police.
Take a Self-Defense Class
The best way — in fact the only way — to prepare your-self to fight off an attacker is to take a self-defense class. We’d love to give you all the right moves in an article, but some things you just have to learn in person. A good self-defense class can teach you how to size up a situation and decide what you should do. Self-defense classes can also teach special techniques for breaking an attacker’s grasp and other things you can do to get away. For example, attackers usually anticipate how their victim might react — that kick to the groin or jab to the eyes, for instance. A good self-defense class can teach you ways to surprise your attacker and catch him or her off guard.
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