How To Protect Yourself With Verbal Self-Defense Techniques
Verbal self-defense is the art of employing one’s words against an attacker to keep, stop, or even end an attack. It is basically a method of employing words to keep emotional and psychological safety from an attacker. This type of “conflict management” often involves the use of body language and stance, tone of voice, and selection of words as a way for calming a potentially violent situation before it gets out of hand. There are a few ways that you can employ this effectively. Some of them are detailed here.
You can engage in a few different types
of assertive body language to gain some sort of tactical advantage. The basic concept here is to gain a position of safety for yourself by asserting your own authority over whatever is happening around you. You do this through your own physical activity, but you also have to assert your authority over whatever you are doing to achieve this. Assertiveness here involves gaining a safe escape route, stepping out of the situation in which you are in, and then getting away safely once the danger has passed. In essence, this involves “stepping out” so you can get away and to safety.
When it comes to an attacker
assertiveness involves your ability to utilize your own body language to effectively put him on the defensive. This starts with your own stance and how you sit and walk. The basic idea here is to make it very difficult for your attacker to actually reach you in any way. To do this, you want to make sure that you always have a solid foundation of solid body language and stance in place. For example, if you are in front of your assailant and he tries to strike you from behind, your body will be very much bent over and your right foot will be pointing out – this is an extremely intimidating position!
Your body language needs to be slightly faster
then when you are trying to attack. Your entire body needs to be slightly faster than normal to confuse and distract your assailant and make him look like he is being taken down or blocked. One easy way to do this is to keep your shoulders back slightly. Have your shoulders back slightly while facing in the direction in which you want to go. Keep your hands in a neutral position but not completely relaxed or loose. If you hold your hands too loosely, your hands may look like they are pointing out or even moving in a strange way.
Your body language and your physiology both play roles
in your ability to successfully defend yourself. When you are being attacked, especially if your assailant is more powerful and experienced, your assailant will exploit your vulnerabilities to bring you down. The best way to counteract this is by heightening your own vulnerability. When you raise your vulnerability, your assailant will have to increase his own vulnerability to bring you down. Hiking up on your toes or raising your butt high while walking can increase your vulnerability and put you in a better position to be attacked.
You can practice verbal self-defense
in a variety of ways. You can practice verbal aikido, teach martial art, enroll in a self-defense class, or even participate in an exercise class or two. Whatever method you choose to learn, remember to stay vigilant and never hit an individual in the face with very powerful and unprotected spoken words. It’s always best to protect yourself first and then use physical tactics when necessary.