bod­ies Prep & PRE­VENT

Tiffiny Hall, founder of fit­ness pro­gram TIFFXO and a Taek­wondo black belt, shares her top tips for self-de­fence

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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.

Hall says her Taek­wondo prac­tice is founded on be­liefs such as re­spect and love for her body and fo­cus­ing on fit­ness with mean­ing, not sim­ply weight loss.

Veg­etable and quinoa-crusted pie—a veg­e­tar­ian op­tion full of pro­tein.

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