Always be ready to defend yourself!

Don’t be a victim of an attack

Attackers, like the bullies are also cowards and are basically opportunists, they aren’t looking for you, but they are looking for someone. Don’t be their next victim!

Attackers are not looking for a fight or indeed anyone that might pose a threat to them. Let’s say for example as they lay in wait for a victim a bodybuilder walks past, chances are they won’t even think to tackle him simply because he is a physical deterrent just by his sheer size alone, the fact the bodybuilder might not be able to fight to save his life doesn’t enter the attackers mind as he simply doesn’t fit the description of easy prey the attacker is looking for.

Examples of who may be at risk

Instead, he`s looking for someone who looks physically weak and someone that doesn’t hold themselves with a confident stature.

Let’s look at a few examples of who might be at risk and what you can do to help yourself, the many people who are walking around with head or earphones on listening to music are distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings are therefore placing themselves at high risk of being attacked. Learn to be aware of your surroundings and the people who might pose a threat to you, their body language isn’t difficult to read. It`s just a matter of being prepared for an attack without being distracted.

Cell phones are a big distraction

Even more of a problem is the many people who feel the need to be on their cell phones at all times, even just walking from the store to their cars across the parking lot can be seen with their heads buried in their phones texting and are totally oblivious to what’s going on around them. These people are an attacker’s dream!

Even if you aren’t listening to music or on your cell phone texting make sure you walk with a positive stature like you mean business, hands out of pockets will give you a much better chance of dealing with an attacker as opposed to having your hands stuck inside your pockets. By the time you have pulled out your hands it might be too late!

Car keys make a great weapon

Carry your car keys with the ignition key between your fingers as this is generally a larger key and can be used to great effect if attacked by jabbing at the attacker. If you don’t have a car key carry a pen with your thumb over the top, it`s light and can make a great weapon if needed again by jabbing at your attacker.

Basically, anything can be used as a weapon, but you must go out with the mindset the unthinkable could happen so therefore be prepared! As the old saying goes “Prevention is better than the cure.” Try to remember to carry something that you can use to defend yourself with.


You must always be prepared for a possible attack, the chances are it won`t happen, but if it does you must defend yourself quickly and efficiently. Cell phones and headphones will only act as a distraction and could be the cause of you being attacked. Bottom line is; always be prepared for the unexpected attack.

Have you been the victim of an attacker? If so, can you honestly say you even considered it could happen to you? Many people still believe it`s just something that they read online or see on the news that happens to other people in other places.

Author: Nigel Taylor

I`m Nigel Taylor – originally from England – owner of The Backyard Gym in Round Rock Texas. We specialize in personal training, kickboxing cardio and self-defense. With over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, I know what works! From weight loss to bulking up to toning up, I can help you get your desired look and achieve your fitness goals. I can also offer you the privacy of a 100% private personal training studio in which to enjoy and get the most out of your workouts.