Camille Styles

3 Self-Defense Moves Every Girl Should Know

August 4th, 2017

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!

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  1. Ted says:

    Nice moves, thanks for sharing.

  2. mel says:

    Totally agree with this! Such a good thing to know and have. Also loving your gifs 🙂

    xx, mel

  3. M says:

    I love this. And totally agree, self-defense is so important… I think it’s one of those life skills along with knowing how to swim and perform CPR. I joined a Krav Maga school a few years ago and it’s one of the best investments I’ve made for the practical and real-life approach to self-defense. I would walk away from every class feeling so empowered!

  4. Kaelen says:

    This is really great! I am always very cautious when out by myself, but you never know if you might need to defend yourself. Thanks so much for this post!

    xoKaelen | 

  5. Jana says:

    Thanks for sharing. That’s really good and I will definitely keep that in mind! 🙂

  6. Self-defence classes should be obligatory for girls!

  7. Great post! I hope that I am never in a position that I need to use them but it is nice to know them.

  8. Thanks for sharing, I totally agree that everyone should be taught self-defence, and school would be the obvious place to teach it!
    Can you recommend any moves/adaptations for me – I’m now a wheelchair user after an accident left me paralysed from the waist down, so my awesome groin-kicking skills are no longer an option! I’m good with the old keys to the eyes move, but it would be good to have some more moves in my repertoire! Thanks x

  9. Brenda says:

    Thank you for posting this! I am always telling my daughter’s and granddaughters to be aware. I told them to always put their keys in between their fingers when walking to their parked car to use as a weapon if attacked unexpectedly from behind. I would live to see more self defense tactics if attacked from behind.

  10. Natalie says:

    Great post! There’s quite a few handy self-defence moves that are good to know!

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