By Erin Kurdyla, SELF magazine
Here's an eye opening fact: 1 in every 6 American women will be the victim of a completed or an attempted rape in their lifetime. After almost becoming a victim herself, third degree black belt and personal trainer Jennifer Cassetta, creator of Stilettos and Self Defense began running workshops aimed at teaching modern women how to avoid dangerous situations, become more aware and confident, and how to fight back when necessary. Here, she shares with Self readers,five deadly weapons found on your body--that could save your life!
5 Deadly Weapons Found on Your Body
1. Legs: for running.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation the first line of defense is to run the heck away!
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2. Your voice: Scream like you mean it.
Scream so others can hear you. Scream and curse at your attacker to let him know you mean business. Your voice is a powerful weapon if you use it correctly. Go deep from your belly. Throaty screams can make you lose your voice especially when you need it.
3. Knees: for groin strikes.
If you weren't able to run and your attacker is close to you we have short range weapons on our body. A knee to the groin is a great way to get your attacker to let go and naturally get his head lower to the ground. From there you can either run or deliver a few more blows.
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4. Elbows: for striking to chin, head, belly, or groin.
Another close-range weapon, our elbows are made of dense bones that can hurt an attacker. When attacked from the front an elbow to the side of the head, face or up the chin can disorient the attacker long enough to get away. If the attacker has grabbed you from behind, an elbow to his solar plexus can knock the wind out of him. Or aim a little lower for an elbow to the groin.
5. Fingers: Again, if you find yourself within the grip of an attacker and his head is close you can jab your finger and fingernails into his eye.
A thumb would work well too. This will immediately send his head backward opening up other targets for you to strike and loosen his grip for you to get away.
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Learn more life-saving skills from Jennifer Cassetta's at-home DVD series, Stilettos and Self Defense. Invite some friends and make it a night of butt kicking with the girls; stilettos optional!
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