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6 Self-Defense Techniques Every Woman Should Know

No one wants to think about being the victim of a crime, particularly a violent crime, but sticking your head in the sand isn’t the solution. The fact is, three women die each day in the United States at the hands of their significant other, and 1 in 5 women will be the victim of an attempted rape or rape over the course of their lifetime.

Those are horrendous statistics. But the solution isn’t fear-mongering or paranoia. The solution is education, awareness and protection. (Also, it would be great if men didn’t perpetrate crimes against women in the first place… but that’s a different article altogether.)

The point is, you never know if (or when) you could become the victim of a crime, so why not prepare yourself for the possibility? You don’t need to become a samurai-wielding ninja warrior or a cinder block-busting karate master — you just need to learn a few simple moves that can catch an attacker off guard, giving you the opportunity to get away and save your own life.

Jarrett Arthur, a Krav Maga expert and the founder and lead instructor for M.A.M.A. (Mothers Against Malicious Acts) and Customized Self-Defense for women, suggests that even if you’re not ready to sign up for a full self-defense class, you should start with these six basic moves.

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