When you're least expecting it, an attacker could come up behind you with a knife. Would you know what to do?
Charles Trembley was a police officer for more than a decade. He now teaches self defense at Pacific Martial Arts, in Fresno. He says it is important to always be aware of your surroundings.
"A big part of self defense is not being easy pray. First of all, you need to not put yourself in a dangerous situation. You have to trust your instincts. You know that gut feeling, that nervous feeling? Trust it and do something different," said Trembley.
If you do get attacked, Trembley says you need to have a strategy to get away. You may have to fight for your life.
Trembley explained, "You must attack the most vulnerable targets. That's the eyes, nose, throat and groin. It's not hard to teach you how to kick or strike someone in these areas. You have natural weapons."
He says being mentally and physically prepared is key when trying to escape from an attacker.
"It's not technique, it's concept. You can move anyway. You have to get out of the range of the attack, and grab hold of the weapon with two hands to control it. Then you have to work to take them down, use your body weight. Your body weight against their shoulder, elbow or wrist joint gives you a chance to win," said Trembley. He added, "In reality, your most important weapon is your mind. You need to know how to not put yourself in a dangerous situation, how to get out of it before it gets ugly, and what to do if you get there.
If you're interested in taking a self defense class at Pacific Martial Arts, call Charles Trembley at (559) 226-2600.