Self-defense is an important skill everyone should learn to increase their chances of staying safe in potentially dangerous situations and avoiding serious injury if they are attacked. Three of the top things you should do to prepare yourself for potentially dangerous situations are taking concealed carry classes, taking self-defense classes, and staying aware of your surroundings.

Concealed Carry Classes

A gun is a good method of protection if someone threatens your life. There are 17.25 million concealed carry permits in the U.S. Some people put off getting a concealed carry permit because they worry about how difficult it will be to learn how to shoot a firearm or they think it’s a complicated process. With the right instruction, anyone is able to safely handle a firearm. You will feel more confident and safer when you take concealed carry classes.

Self Defense Classes

Find a type of self-defense that appeals to you and take classes to learn it. You shouldn’t rely on knowledge of using a gun to keep yourself safe because you won’t always have the gun with you. There are situations in which you have to fight back with your body. But remember that there are also laws surrounding self-defense. For instance, you’re not allowed to use excessive force in defending yourself. Taking self-defense classes helps you avoid accidentally using excessive force. Examples of good types of self-defense include kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, krav maga, taekwondo, jeet kune do, boxing, and Muay Thai.

Stay Aware of Your Surroundings and Appear Confident

Criminals target people who are distracted and seem to be submissive or lacking in confidence, because they think they’ll be able to get away with the crime. Don’t allow your music to drown out the external world, and don’t get lost in smartphone games while you’re in public. You want to stay alert to what’s going on around you. Also, maintain the correct posture and make eye contact with people you look at. Some people avoid eye contact because they don’t want to be bothered, but criminals perceive this as a sign you’re submissive. The only exception to this is if you’re in a country in which men view eye contact as an invitation or everyone in general views it as rude. The U.S., however, is not one of those countries.

Although it’s not guaranteed that you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need to defend yourself, it’s better to be safe than sorry. When you do the three things above, you’ll be likely to survive a dangerous situation in the worst-case scenario. Being prepared to defend yourself empowers you and improves your ability to feel safe and confident.

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