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It's really, really, really worth practicing being loud as fuck. The socialization to be quiet and not make a fuss is so incredibly strong, as are freeze/fawn responses. Freeze and fawn are danger responses along with fight or flight, which cause you to go 'deer in headlights' frozen or to be accommodating to your attacker.
These are incredibly common responses which, as disabling at they are, can add to trauma by making you feel it's your fault. It's not your fault obviously, but we can save ourselves the guilt and the trauma by learning to take the power back.
Yelling will attract attention to you, you don't have to be near the guy for it to work, doesn't involve weapons that could be turned on you, and it will boost your self confidence to be able to channel all that energy at someone and make them do what you want them to do when it really counts. It's basically getting the message across that you're a very difficult target and not worth the effort.
The absolute best you can do is channel like a military/police commanding tone to use directions, rather than just screaming (although that's worth practicing too). Like stop, no, get away, move away, don't touch me, run away etc.
Man: - is being creepy-
You: STOP. DON'T TOUCH ME.
At this point if you say it loud enough and if there's people around, they'll usually give up. If not:
Man: - keeps being scary -
You: STOP DON'T TOUCH ME GET AWAY DON'T TOUCH ME RUN AWAY NOW RUN AWAY RUN AWAY NOW RUN NOW RUN
It is terrifying and confusing to have someone yell at you like this, from the depths of their stomach, and you will absolutely do whatever they say in the moment, especially if it's something easy to understand like RUN.
Before you pick me apart, I know this doesn't apply to every situation. But it will help in a lot more situations than a knife will, and the confidence it gives you to be able to do this will steer potential creeps away long before they even engage you.
I was walking home from work one night about 1am carrying a pizza. As I was crossing a street I saw this guy on the opposite sidewalk following a woman who was maybe 20ft in front of him. He was whining at her some stuff that I couldn't hear but she was clearly ignoring him and walking away and didn't seem worried.
Then he shouted "…but you FUCKED ANOTHER GUY" and knocked her to the ground from behind. On instinct I shouted as loud as I could just "HEY" and I stepped in the street to stop a car as a witness.
All the gas went out of him in a second like I was his god damn school principal. Big fat bastard was just whimpering at me "i-i-it was an accident I tripped" and I just kept shouting I SAW WHAT YOU DID until the woman had walked away & around the corner.
I should've called the cops but my phone was dead and my witness drove away on me…not that it wOuld've probably led to anything, just to teach that PoS a lesson. Point is, a big shout throws people on the back foot. It activates something primal like getting yelled at by your parents, they just freeze.
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What are some good resources/videos to learn some self defense? I'm gonna be isolating for the next months so it could be the right time to lear something useful. Ty nonnies
I just found this, seems simple and easy to remember for a starter.>>4007>>4037
Holy shit based dads.
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you forgot the link