Self Defense New Orleans | Top 5 Self Defense Techniques


At Mushin Training Center, our top instructors have well over 60 years of combined self-defense, law enforcement, and martial arts experience. Through all of those years, we have learned which techniques work and which ones don’t. So, we have taken the time to compile this list of what we believe to be the top 5 simplest, most effective self defense techniques:

5. Running

Running is often times the best self-defense tool we have. Engaging in physical violence with someone that is larger, stronger, and has fewer inhibitions about being violent than you do is not advisable. The trick with running, though, is not to run away from danger. This is an indefinite struggle that will be won by the faster, more athletic person. The better plan is to run towards safety, whether that be other people, a brightly lit area, a store or building in which to seek refuge, etc. Find a safe or, at the very least, safer place and run towards it as fast as you can. However, we should only have to resort this technique if we are in serious physical danger. If this isn’t the case, we can simply use the next technique on our list.

4. Give Them What They Ask For

Through all of our years of teaching, we have found that most people want to learn self-defense to protect themselves from strangers who may try to hurt them. The reality is, though, that people rarely commit violent crimes on people that they do not know, and the occasion when they do, it is usually criminal on criminal violence. So, if you are not a criminal, your chances of being violently attacked randomly are very low, and you still have technique number 6 to help you out. The far more likely scenario is someone threatening violence in exchange for property. This where technique number 5 comes into play. Money and property are always replaceable, but your life isn’t. Don’t risk your life over your wallet, car, or whatever else they may be asking for. Simply comply and hand it over.

3. Travel in Groups

Crimes tend to happen in certain locations: parking lots, bathrooms, stairways, sidewalks, etc. We call these transition areas. Knowing that these are the places where you are most at risk allows you to take preventative measures. Criminals aren’t looking for a challenge. They are looking for the easiest path to what they want. Walking to your car or the bathroom with a friend makes you a much more difficult target than you would have been otherwise, thus dramatically lowering your odds of being victimized.

2. Confidence

Criminals don’t pick their targets randomly. They have a process. We call it the interview. Criminals use the interview to determine how likely someone is to comply with their demands. They look for weakness. Slouched posture, a downward gaze, shuffling feet, all of these things and more could lead them to believe that you would be an easy target. Hold your head high and walk with confidence. Show them that you mean business and are no pushover, cause this is the one interview that you want to fail.

1. Awareness

The grand daddy of all self-defense techniques! This one can get you out of almost any tight spot. Pay attention to your surroundings and what is going on around you. Put down the cellphone, especially in those transition areas. The best self-defense is to never have to defend yourself in the first place. This technique allows us to do that. If you are moving through a transition area and notice someone or something suspicious, go a different way, wait till later, or use technique 3 and get a friend. As long as you know what is happening around you, you will be able to avoid most precarious situations. It is only when we are caught off guard that we need to resort to our more extreme self-defense techniques.

Was our list not what you thought it would be? There are lots of physical self-defense techniques, even very simple ones that can be extremely effective. However, physical techniques, no matter how simple, require lots of hands on training to be truly effective, and they are only needed in the most extreme of circumstances. Understanding that most self-defense situations can be avoided or resolved without the use of violence is far more valuable than trying to master the “best” physical attacks and has a much greater chance of actually saving your life in a real altercation.

Physical tactics are preparing for the %0.001. It still may happen, but it serves us a lot better to spend most of our time focusing on the %99.999, especially if your training time is limited. Physical tactics take a lot of time to master in order to be truly effective. The more time you have to dedicate to learning self-defense the more you will be able to focus on these tactics, and we at Mushin Training Center will be happy to help you! But, if all you have time to do is read internet articles, stick to our top 5.

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