Some words of wisdom from Claire Gould, our Ladies Self Defence Instructor:
'For self defence I suppose the most important point to emphasise is to use one's common sense and avoid getting into risky situations - with any form of physical confrontation being an absolute last resort, after you've given up your bag/screamed/tried to run away.
There's the list of passive self defence points we put together for our courses:
- avoid walking home late alone and always making sure someone knows where you are.
- do not accept lifts from people you don't know etc.
- keep your mobile charged up and handy - but out of sight. You can send a text silently, even if you can't talk on the phone. The emergency services do try to trace and respond to silent 999 calls.
Always trust your instincts; if a person/situation feels wrong to you then you shouldn't hesitate to walk away. I think it would be worth saying that taking precautions isn't about feeling fearful, it's about feeling confident when you're out and about.
And if you do decide to take a self defence course, and enjoy it, it's worth continuing to train as you'll quickly forget even basic techniques very quickly after finishing a course. The techniques you will learn are designed to work whatever your size/strength compared to an aggressor and don't require great athletic ability.'