women's self-defense classes

Being aware of various self-defense techniques is beneficial to everyone, but the ability to defend yourself is especially important for women who are often the target of violent assaults.

In a recent msnewsnow.com article, Dennis Conway, owner and instructor at Mississippi’s Ridgeland Taekwondo America, provides women with simple self-defense techniques that they can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim.

“You have to be aware of your surroundings, keep your head up, keys in hand,” Conway said.

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If someone does attack, and grabs your arm, first move – turn towards the thumb.

“You want to turn towards the thumb in a circle motion, see if you go the other way it goes to the fingers and it’s actually strengthening their grip,” Conway explained.

The most sensitive spots on a person are the eyes, nose, groin, solar plexus and the throat.

Conway says a great move to attack some of those areas is the elbow strike.

You can also use your keys as a weapon. Always carry one of the key rings around your middle finger. If someone attacks, use those keys to do the next move, the palm heel strike.

“Palm heel is when you push them straight in the face using the palm of your hand,” Conway said. “So you’re trying to hit them in the nose, right there and when you do that something might get in their eye and scratch them, skin and stuff on it.”

Another way that women are now protecting themselves is by carrying a gun.

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“When I get up it’s part of like putting on my watch,” said Kim Condon, who is the chapter president for the Clinton-Raymond Chapter of Well-Armed Woman, an organization aimed to teach women how to shoot. They contract services from Boondocks Firearms Training Academy. Condon is also NRA certified.

“Treat them all as if they are loaded. Keep your finger off the trigger when you’re manipulating your gun, when you’re choosing your gun until you’re ready to fire, know what your target is,” Condon explained.

Condon, who’s been professionally shooting for 2.5 years, says with the proper training, being armed is the best way to protect yourself.

“Women to me need to start out with a smaller caliber type gun like a 22. So that you don’t get the recoil,” said Condon.

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