After Gigi Hadid’s attack last week, we feel like it’s the necessary to take some steps ahead in the topic that is oh so dear to us: self-defense. In the first article, we described some easy-to-go-to tricks in order to feel a little safer. Today, we want to provide some more detailed techniques and useful links. Here is your little Notorious guide on how to defend yourself.
Again, take classes
We cannot stress this one enough. Being prepared for everything is always the best way to stay safe. If you really don’t have time to take classes, at least learn the basic moves.
Self-defense classes or not, you gotta weapon up, just to be safe. A classic is the good old pepper spray, and some even come with a practical keychain. But pepper spray is not the only good weapon out there. Check these babies out:
- keychain alarms (not exactly a weapon, but it gives aggressors a good scare and you a chance to get away)
- stun guns
Although carrying around a more weapon-looking item can feel quite bad-ass, always make sure your weapon of choice is legal in your country!
Use the buddy system
Try to avoid coming home at night all alone. Walking with a friend or getting a ride back is always better than risking it. If you have to go home alone, make sure to have someone checking on you to see if you made it safely.
Also, use your head
We are all supporting equality here, but the very unfortunate situation is that women cannot walk around at night as freely as men. If you don’t have a buddy to walk home with for the night, avoid things such as wearing uncomfortable heels and other items that would prevent running in a dangerous situation. Also, don’t listen to music on the way. That is not a really smart thing to do.
Attackers are cowards, and cowards are afraid of confidence. Keep your chin up, and you’ll most likely keep most attackers away. Arming yourself or being aware of a few self-defense moves will make you feel naturally more comfortable.