Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, while walking my dog, I found myself in a confrontational situation that kicked my fight-or-flight response into high gear. The moment I perceived the threat, my sympathetic nervous system began firing off, filling my body with adrenaline, stress, and aggression like I’d never experienced before. I came out of the situation unharmed, but also, with a new sense of toughness. It was time to buckle down and learn how to defend myself, once and for all. One quick Google search later, I realized there was only one woman for the job…
Jennie Trower is the co-founder of Jarrett & Jennie Self-Defense, M.A.M.A.® (Mothers Against Malicious Acts), Customized Self-Defense for Women, and other specialized self-defense and safety programs for women, moms and kids. She’s built a career around helping women connect to their own personal power, and she’s joining us today to demonstrate three self defense moves that we should all know.
From Jennie: While avoiding a dangerous situation in the first place is the absolute best self-defense, it’s not always possible. In cases where you need to create the opportunity to escape to safety, consider slowing, stopping or stunning an attacker by striking to vulnerable targets on their body with hard surfaces of your body — and running to safety as quickly as possible.
Your body is a powerful weapon. With some basic techniques and practice, you can learn how to enhance your personal safety and fight back, if necessary. The good news is that practicing these moves can help you feel more powerful not only physically, but in every area of life!