Self-Defense: Best Tips

There are many things you can do in order to practice proper self-defense and personal protection techniques. These things include learning, practice, being aware of your surroundings, and much more. These tips can help to keep you safe.

Learn the Tips

There are many tips and tricks you can learn when it comes to self-defense. You should learn as much as you can so that when you are approached by an attacker you have what it takes to fight off the person. You can learn through local self-defense instructors or you can even purchase DVDs and videos for training on your own. These are effective methods that will teach you the basics of fighting off an attacker in different circumstances. Once you learn the techniques you should practice them on a regular basis. This will ensure you are good at them and you will be more prepared to use them when you need to.

When you are considering personal protection it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Many people who are coming out of the grocery store and mugged are the ones that don’t pay attention to what is going on around them. Look around for people following you, standing around by your car, and that just doesn’t look right. Don’t hitchhike because you don’t know the drivers of the vehicles. Also, avoid places that the crime rate is bad or if they look sketchy. Don’t look like an easy target for the criminals. Hold your head up high and be confident and pay attention to the things going on around you.

Be Loud and Obnoxious!

When you are finally forced to put your self-defense techniques into action you must do so. Don’t be afraid to scream as loud as you can, kick, bite, and do everything. You must get away because it may be the last hour of your life if you do not. If the person has a gun and they tell you that they are going to shoot you if you scream, but to come with them, they will most likely harm you when you get to where he takes you. Make as much noise as possible and you become the aggressor. Show the person you are not afraid of them. When most criminals find the person is not afraid of them they will not commit the crime.

Use a Weapon

Use personal protection devices for self-defense such as a Taser, Stun Gun, or pepper spray. You should purchase them and carry them on your person. Do not put them deep into the depths of your handbag or your briefcase and have no idea where the pepper spray is or how to use it. Know exactly how to use things like pepper spray, stun guns, and Tasers.

Also, at night it is okay to have these devices in your hand while you walk down the street. Be prepared to use them. It could save your life. There are many things that you can do to practice personal protection and be prepared to use self-defense. If you come upon a situation where you need to use them you will be prepared and ready to defend yourself if you practice the techniques and become good, fight the attacker back, use personal protection devices, and more.

Can You Go to Jail for Using Self-Defense?

One of the biggest concerns people have is if they can end up in jail for the use of self-defense. The last thing that you want to happen is to appear as the aggressor when you are just defending yourself. There are many factors considered by the courts when you defend yourself and there are two bills being considered by the courts also.

Self-defense is in place to protect people who may be harmed from protecting themselves. This allows someone to defend themselves physically if they have to and not be responsible for any legal charges that may be brought against them in court. The factors that the courts consider include the person who you are defending yourself against, the extent of the defense, and why the fighting is even taking place. These are big factors that are determined if a decision is to put you in jail.

Politics Always Getting in the Way

Political rounds in the legal arena concerning the concept of self-defense include two concepts that may make it easier for people to defend themselves and not have to worry about going to jail. Some states allow you to carry weapons on you and others allow you to shoot and kill an attacker. Find out what the laws are in your state so you know exactly what you can do against an attacker and you will not be convicted of a crime.

Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground

The Castle Doctrine is a concept that enables any homeowner to have the ability to defend themselves and their family members. This doctrine also provides protection on the property you reside on. This bill allows homeowners to use deadly force against a burglar or person that enters your home, from a violent attack or an intrusion that may lead to a violent attack. You do not have to fear prosecution for killing anyone who enters your home with the intent of a violent attack or an intrusion that may lead to a violent attack.

There is another bill that is being enacted into the legislature called the “Stand Your Ground” bill. This was brought into Florida in 2005 and is also being considered by 21 other states also. This allows people who are in public to meet force with force in order to defend themselves. This conduct will protect victims against prosecution. As long as the person is defending themselves they will not go to jail.

It is said that states and legislatures are now recognizing that criminals will slow down on their crimes when they are faced with being shot and killed. When criminals know they are protected by laws that won’t let people kill them they will continue to commit robberies, rapes, and other heinous crimes.

There are many people who have gone to jail for defending themselves. The laws are changing and are recognizing the factors associated with self-defense and that it is okay to meet a criminal with whatever it takes to protect yourself, your family, and your property from harm. Always find out what the laws are in your local state.

Self-Defense and the Law

There are many factors to be considered when the use of self-defense is used.  Many states differ in their opinion on what they consider valid self-defense. These things include the extent, who it is used on, who is using it, and the reason why.

The act of self-defense is the use of force to defend one’s person from an attacker or a threatening situation.  The force must be reasonable.  Self-defense is in place to protect you from being convicted of a crime if you afflict harm on the person who is attacking you.  A good example of self-defense is if you had a struggle with a robber and ended up using the robber’s weapon against him.  You will not be responsible for causing harm to the criminal.

Know Your States Laws

Some states vary what they consider self-defense.  You may have a can of pepper spray in your purse for personal protection.  If you are approached by an attacker in the parking lot of a store and about to be carjacked then the use of your pepper spray would be appropriate and could ultimately save your life.  Some laws in certain states would say that the use of pepper spray would be inappropriate and illegal.

The extent is a big factor when self-defense is considered.  How far is it that you had to go to defend yourself against the attacker?  If you use self-defense and you have a gun you might shoot the attacker.  When the extent is taken too far, such as when you continue shooting into the attacker when all you had to do was disable the person so you could get away.

When and When Not to Use?

Who you use self-defense on is another factor that has to be considered. You may think you are defending yourself if someone puts their hands on you but the person is a factor.  For example, when you are thrown out of a nightclub by a few bouncers you do not have the right to physically defend yourself with pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, or anything else.  You are not allowed to use physical force against police officers and any official that is restraining you for any reason.  This could land you in jail.

The reason why self-defense is being used is a big factor.  If you have personal protection devices that you carry on you for safety and you are in a situation where you feel unsafe you can use them.  Circumstances such as where you are walking down the sidewalk late at night and you are approached by a person demanding you to come with them then you have the right to protect yourself.

There are many factors that the government will consider when they look at cases of self-defense.  Know the laws in your state.  Know which personal protection devices you can use and to what extent you can use them.  You don’t want to go to jail for fighting off a rapist.  It has happened in the past.

Types of Self-Defense

There are many different types of self-defense you should learn how to use if you are looking for methods of personal protection. These different types of defense include pepper spray, stun guns, and tasers. These are very effective methods of disabling a person so you can escape from the dangerous situation.

Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a self-defense spray that is made of cayenne pepper. This spray is in an aerosol can and sprays in foams and even streams. This solution burns so badly that it will cause temporary disabling effects on a person for up to several hours. A person will be temporarily blinded, choke and gasp for air, and their skin will even burn. All of these effects are temporary and a person will not experience anything that is permanent to the person. You can stand up to 15 feet away from an assailant and the spray will be effective. You do not have to be close up. This type of self-defense mechanism works for up to 30 minutes to several hours and gives you plenty of time to get away.

Tasers and Stun Guns

Tasers are almost 100% effective in disabling a person and best for police work and catching someone. A taser works by sending jolts of electricity into a body and disables the nervous and the muscular system. Of over 3,000 people tested with a taser, not one person was not disabled and able to function with the jolts. A taser looks like a handgun. You hold it like a handgun, and you shoot it like a handgun. When using a taser you don’t have to be touching the assailant. You can stop someone from 15 feet away if you want to.

How They Work

Stun guns also send a jolt of wattage throughout the body but the stun guns only affect the nervous system. They are not considered to be as effective. Someone who is on heavy drugs or has a big build may not even feel the effects of a stun gun like they would a taser. Stun guns work very well on some people but they are not ideal. The reason is that the stun guns provide a shock and can disable a person for just a few seconds. You have to be touching the person physically with the stun gun for it to work which can be dangerous to get that close to finding that the stun gun doesn’t work and not the attacker, has you.

There are many different types of self-defense personal protection items you might consider. The most common are stun guns, pepper spray, and tasers. All of these three types of self-defense do not provide any permanent damage to a body nor do they lead to death. They are extremely safe methods of personal protection that give you enough time to escape the attacker. Pepper spray is the cheapest method and the most effective to use if you are looking for something that lasts a long time. Using a taser is the most effective when both darts make contact with the attacker.


With almost 20 years working in Law Enforcement and service in the United States Marine Corps, I've learned a lot about self-defense and personal protection. From hand-to-hand combat to firearms and impact devices, I've trained with them all and I'd like to share my knowledge with you.

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