Self-defence expert, Ashwin Mohan, gives you easy and practical self-defence tips that could save your life. Ladies, don’t miss this!
self defence - simple techniquesAshwin Mohan of Savage Fighting Arts gives great self-defence tips for three very common situations of eve-teasing and assault that women around the country face very often
Situation 1 – Someone teases you as you walk down the street
Being teased or commented on while walking on the streets is definitely humiliating and anger-provoking. However, you shouldn’t feel compelled to respond to the teaser. Give him absolutely no attention and walk away. Doing this makes the person teasing you feel like his efforts were misplaced.
In a few rare cases, the guy’s ego will be so hurt, he might come and ask you why you didn’t respond. Here’s when you pretend to be deaf and dumb. Behave like you can’t understand what he’s saying, just push him out of your way and walk away.
This is a great way to confuse the teaser and get out of a sticky situation yourself.
Situation 2 – You’re being felt up in a bus
Most women would’ve ever travelled by public transport would’ve experienced this. You’re in a bus and someone sits next to you and starts feeling you up. Remember, this is not a mistake and you do not need to put up with it. This is what you can do – take a deep breath in and let out a big, fake sneeze, flaying your arm towards your dirty neighbour as you do so. This way, you can whack his face with your forearm or the back of your hand.
If the first one doesn’t hit him, sneeze and whack him again!
Remember to turn around and apologise for sneezing. This way, you’ve managed to only hurt his nose, not his ego. And you would have him so flustered that he’ll get up and go away.
Situation 3 – Someone tries to snatch your chain
First of all, if you find yourself in a lonely spot like a huge parking lot of quiet street, remove your chain and put it in your bag or pocket. This way, you’re removing temptation and reducing chances of assault.
Let’s say you’ve not managed to remove your chain. You’re walking and you feel someone’s presence around you. Remember ladies, trust your instincts. If you feel like someone is following you or lingering around you, be alert.
You could even turn around and confront him, “Who are you? I’ve seen your face!”
This way, the potential thief will be deterred by your ability to recognise him in a police line up and will most likely walk away.
What if he does manage to grab your chain?
Suppose he does manage to grab your chain, grab his wrist and go closer to him. This way, you’re lessening the chances of your neck getting cut by the chain.
While grabbing his wrist with your left hand, clip the assailant in the face with the elbow or the heel of your palm of your other hand. The shock will cause him to lose his attention from the chain and his grip will loosen. At this point, rap his hand and pull it off your chain. Then, give him a push or shove and hurry away.
Also watch the video version of this post where Ashwin Mohan demonstrates the techniques he talks about.
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