Self-Defense Basics: What Every Citizen Should Know

For the most part, you probably walk around the area where you live, work and spend time with friends and family without worrying about safety. The problem is that you never know when an unsafe situation is going to spring up around you.


From somebody trying to break into your home, to a person trying to take your wallet or purse on the street, sadly there are many people that want to bring you harm in some way. As a citizen, you need to know how to protect yourself.

While you may never have military training and the ability to protect yourself in all situations, that isn’t something the average person needs. What you need to know is how to get out of bad situations safely.

Keep reading to learn more about self defense and how you can make sure you and your family stay safe.

Survey Your Surroundings

When you enter a room or go into a new situations, whether you’re alone or with your family, one of the smartest things you can do is to quickly survey your surroundings. You don’t need to scope everything out like a military sniper, but knowing where the exits are is always wise for general safety.

The same is true of your home. Knowing where your emergency exit points are, as well as the potential weak points where intruders could enter your home, is generally a smart thing to do.

Don’t get caught unaware of your surroundings or of how intruders could get into your home without being invited. Make sure your alarm system is up to date and used properly as well.

Know Self Defense Tools

Self defense weapons that are legal like pepper spray are smart for many people to carry. While you probably don’t need to be carrying a gun – and you likely can’t unless you’re in an open carry state – being able to protect yourself is important.

Hopefully you’ll never have to use any of the self defense weapons designed to keep people safe on the streets and in their home.

Take Self Defense Classes

One of the best things you can to do protect yourself is to take self defense classes. From karate to basic training, knowing a little bit of hand to hand combat can really make a huge difference in your confidence and ability to protect yourself.

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