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Simple Self Defense Tips for Solo Female Travelers

You wouldn’t try to climb a mountain or swim the ocean without the right gear. And so you probably shouldn’t hit the road (or your neighborhood grocery store) without knowing how to deal with the occasional unwanted creep. Yes, assault is still a part of the world at large and no, sticking your keys between your fingers isn’t going to cut it. But here’s the good news: protecting yourself isn’t nearly as scary or as dififcult as you might think it is. In a perfect world, you’ve armed yourself with some self defense classes (ok, in a perfect perfect world you don’t even need self defense classes). But in case you haven’t, IMPACTChicago has stepped up to give you some tips on staying safe where ever you are. Believe it or not, these simple defense tips for solo female travelers are EFFECTIVE and can help save your life.

Ok…ready to kick some ass?

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Self Defense Tips For Female Travelers

THE BASICS

1. Use hard parts of your body (e.g. heel of palm, knee, bottom of foot) to strike soft or vulnerable parts of an attacker’s body (e.g. nose, groin).
2. For maximum power, yell when you strike a vulnerable target.

We’re going to cover three scenarios that might be hard to think about, but part of being safe is being prepared. Knowing these self defense tips for solo female travelers will help you push past your fear if you should ever need to.

Scenario 1

Someone grabs your hand or arm in a threatening way without your permission (scary!)

Techniques: Voice and Palm heel
1) Look directly at the person and say, “Let me go.”

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2) Repeat your command. Bring your free hand up to protect your face.

3) If the person does not release you after repeated commands to let go, then with a loud NO, use the heel of your palm to strike under the nose.

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If the grabber lets go, immediately get away or, if unable to get away, repeat the technique or use another.

Scenario 2

Someone restrains both arms in a threatening way without your permission. (yikes!)

Technique: Voice and Knee to groin
Look directly at the person and say, “Let me go!”

2) Step on leg back and bend your front knee

3) 4) If the person escalates the attack by trying to strike you, kick him or her in the groin as hard as you can while continuing to shout no.

If the grabber lets go, immediately get away or, if unable to get away, repeat the technique or use another.

Scenario 3

Someone threatens to strike you (Eeeeek!)

Technique: Sidekick
1) Look directly at the person, bring your hands up to protect your face, and say, “go away.”

2) Repeat your command as you evade his strike by lowering yourself to the ground.

3) Bring your leg up for additional protection for your face, continuing to command the person to “go away.”

4) If the person escalates the attack by trying to strike you, kick him (or her) in the groin as hard as you can while shouting “no”

Get up off the ground and get away quickly or continue to kick and yell NO until you can get away.

Technique Detail: Sidekick

1) Bring your knee up toward your face to create a barrier between an attacker and your face

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2) Extend your leg as you kick

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Thanks to the IMPACT Chicago volunteers who posed for these awesome pictures! We love you!

Want more self defense tips for solo female travelers?

If you would like to learn more self defense tips for solo female travelers, visit the international IMPACT website to see if you can find a chapter near you.

Arden Joy

Founder of Girls Who Travel. Penchant for travel, social justice, yoga, writing, marketing, high heels and words like penchant.

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