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[VIDEO] Self-defense tips that everyone should know

Thursday, Jun. 12 | By Hannah Dellinger
Tyler Counts, 15, helps Karate Sports Academy Grandmaster Ron Jenkins demonstrate simple self-defense moves. Counts has been taking lessons at the KSA since he was 8-years-old.
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No matter who you are or where you live, self-defense techniques are extremely valuable and can be life-saving.

Karate Sports Academy in Warrenton teaches smart street self-defense that is first and foremost effective.

“Always be aware of your surroundings. That’s one of the best self-defense tips I can give,” said KSA Grandmaster Ron Jenkins. “A lot of times people look at self-defense on TV and they see flying in the air and all, but that’s not practical. Self-defense should mean first using your head and using your eyes.”
Jenkins says that on top of learning to be aware of dangers around you, you must always trust your instincts and avoid situations that give you a bad feeling.
Jenkins prepared a series of basic beginner self-defense moves that anyone can utilize:

If an attacker grabs you by the wrists from the front, keep your arms straight and pull his weight down. Clap your hands together, step straight back and pull your hands to your chest.

If an attack tries to choke you, reach up and pull his arms out to the side away from your neck. Grab his wrists and turn his fingers to the sky. Pull him down by his wrists until his head is low enough and strike him in the face with your knee.

If an attacker comes at you from behind, drop down by spreading your feet out and bending your knees. Elbow him in the side and grab him by the arm and pull him over your hip so that he falls onto the ground. Strike him with your fist in the stomach while he is on the ground.

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