Self-defense for men is an often forgotten but incredibly important skill men between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to be attacked than anyone else in American society. Some men may feel pressured to engage in dangerous situations to avoid appearing weak but, any self-defense professional will tell you it is best to talk your way out of a dangerous situation rather than resort to violence.
- Your first course of action should always be de-escalation. Try to speak in a slow calm voice. Avoid touching your attacker or standing with your arms crossed, these are often seen as signs of aggression.
- In the case of an attack try to escape the situation. There is no shame in leaving a fight rather than becoming violent.
- If these options fail, be prepared to defend yourself. Some self-defense holds can render your attacker incapacitated without causing long-term harm. If possible, start with less harmful methods and resort to more harmful counterattacks only when necessary.
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