bodies Prep & PREVENT
Tiffiny Hall, founder of fitness program TIFFXO and a Taekwondo black belt, shares her top tips for self-defence
S Don’t open the door to people you don’t know. Always ask, “Who’s there?”
Self-defence is really about preparation. If you can avoid or prevent a situation, that is the best scenario.
If it’s a stranger, continue the conversation through a locked door. If anyone asks to use your phone, direct them to the nearest public phone or make the call on their behalf.
Don’t go running with both headphones in your ears.
Always keep an alert ear headphone-free so you can hear danger behind you, and stick to well-lit roads at night.
Never put your hands up in guard position
This will show you could have martial-arts training and can ruin the element of surprise. Always put your hands open in front of your face as you try to walk away.
Never punch to the face, always punch to the throat.
It is a softer target. Punching to the face will break your hand. A more effective way of kicking the groin is to kick up and strike with your shin.
Use a hard weapon on your body such as an elbow, fist, heel, knee to a soft target on the attacker’s body groin, eyes, throat.
A finger to the eye is a hard weapon–soft target, just as effective as stomping your hard heel into the attacker’s soft toes.