How to Practice Self-Defense as a Senior

Posted on September 19, 2022 by shieldsandboris

As we grow older, we never like to think that our safety could be at risk. Unfortunately, self-defense for a younger person is much different than self-defense for a senior. For seniors, it is important that you don’t show fear and that you learn to stay strong and protect yourself. As we age, we should understand our mental and physical capabilities and be aware of our surroundings.

Recommendations for Self Defense

Many tips are just common sense, but some of these are meant to protect you from ever having to defend yourself in the first place:

  • Don’t overfill your arms with packages or shopping bags. Make multiple trips to your car or use a cart to help you.
  • Park your car in an area that is well lit. This will reduce the likelihood that you will be mugged at night.
  • Before leaving your car, observe your surroundings and make note of places that you could go if someone were to approach you.
  • Walk with purpose. Don’t look at the ground, but instead, keep your head up.
  • Keep a flashlight and key whistle on your keychain and keep your keys in your hand when walking.
  • Never slip your purse strap around your neck and don’t carry more cash then necessary in your purse. If you have a cell phone, keep it handy as well and know how to dial 911 quickly.
  • If you have to carry a wallet with you, buy a travel wallet and attach it to your waistband or wear it underneath your clothing.
  • Never open the door to your home to a stranger. Look through a window and if necessary, speak to the stranger through a window.

If You Are Being Threatened

If you do find yourself in a situation where you are being threatened with force, consider taking the following actions:

  • Dodge your assailant. If someone tries to hit you, try to move from side to side to keep them from landing a blow. If you are upright, run as quickly as you can to a well-lit area or a place where other people are present such as a store.
  • Don’t let a person back you into a wall or up against a big object. If this happens, it may be difficult for you to escape.
  • If an assailant grabs you from behind, try not to struggle. Instead, lean against your attacker and throw your head back as hard as you can. This will cause your attacker to stumble.

With just a few tips, you can easily defend yourself. If you have self-defense classes near you, consider enrolling in one to gain the power and knowledge you need to protect yourself from being a victim. A self-defense instructor may teach you how to use everyday objects such as keys, canes, and umbrellas as defense objects. Remember that the better in shape you are, the more likely you will be able to get away from an attacker.

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