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Learning the Stages of Self-defense

By April 14, 2022blog

Learning the four stages of self-defense can be very necessary for a dangerous situation. It might even save your life. Learning the art of self-defense techniques can be very important in situations where you need to defend and protect yourself.


Recognize the Situation and the Potential Danger to Avoid Conflict


It is essential to learn and recognize any potential negative confrontations and avoid those situations if when possible. There is no need to be curious and avoid such confrontations as much as possible. The word avoid does not always mean physically staying away from the danger. It can also mean not to involve yourself in any danger.


Judging if Verbally Dealing with the Conflict can be an Option

It is always necessary to analyze, recognize and judge a situation, which might be potentially dangerous for you. See if communication can help defuse the situation. If not, then try to see a way out. If you are unable to avoid any potential conflict situation, then always remain alert and aware. Try to handle the situation verbally. If not, then remain calm and confident. There is no need to panic. Always remember to maintain your physical balance on both your feet at all times.


Prepare yourself for the movement. Try to get away from the situation and keep moving your legs. Leave and exit the area as quickly as possible. Avoid getting into a vehicle or going into a strange building with an aggressor. It would eliminate any control you have over where you are and where you are going. Never trust any stranger, and use your instinct to try to see the possible dangers of the situation, as well as the safety options.


Physically Defend Yourself from the Dangerous Possible Conflict


The very last resort is to fight to defend yourself. But use this option is the final last recourse. You know your self-defense training, so it is best to remain calm and confident about yourself. If all attempts to resolve the conflict peacefully have been exhausted and finished, then your first initial stages have been completed. Now you are then and only forced to defend yourself against the attacker physically. It would help if you did it by giving your 100% effort, saving your life.


Suppose you see an opportunity to make noise and do it. Do not feel hesitant. Yell Fire, my baby, or help. Everyone wants to see a fire, but no one would want to get involved to help. Any physical counter to an aggressive action must be done by reaction without thought. However, you can delay or hesitate once you have decided that physical self-defense is the only choice left to implement.


Once you have decided that only physical defense is required to defuse the situation, you must know when to strike, where to strike, and what to use when striking. Do not stop until the attacker either retreats or you have entirely subdued the attacker. Please don’t stop until they drop. Maintain your balance at all times, and exit immediately to contact the law enforcement authorities. There can also be specific main points, which can be hit with force to weaken the attacker.


Eye gouge


The eyes are one of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the human body. With an eye gouge, an attacker can be neutralized. Remember, your confidence would be able to tell your attacker that you are not weak or vulnerable. Face the attacker. Be balanced in your reflexes and self-defense techniques. Be balanced from both wide and low stance. Don’t allow the attacker to take you to a point where you need to give your 100% energy, like choking you and making you numb. Try to make an escape when the contact is broken, when you have neutralized him.


Seek help immediately by going to a public area and finding the police. You can also do a nose strike with the palm of your hand or head. The nose is also a vulnerable area that can be broken easily if it is struck with force. Other vulnerable areas also include ear, throat, and knee strikes. How you strike them is up to you, which you would have probably learned in a self-defense class or training.


Author bio

Dr. Jim Bentley a martial arts instructor. He is also the author of WING CHUN The Evolutionary Science of Self-Defense, Combat, and Human Performance. In addition, Dr. Bentley has written many blogs on the importance of self-defense techniques, tactical efficiency, principles of Wing Chun, and how they could be used in the face of danger. Dr. Bentley also provides certification programs through his website As a doctor, he provides care for many legendary martial artists and current MMA fighters like Erik Paulson, Curtis Millender, and Pearl Gonzalez. With his acclaimed healing methods, and martial arts curriculums he wants to spread his message to the people that the science, art, and philosophy of martial arts is truly a way of life. To learn more about Dr. Bentley please visit


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