Real World Rules for Self-Protection
Protecting yourself as you are out and about is not as hard as you may think and it’s not always about throwin’ from the shoulders in order to solve your dilemma. If you take only one thing from this post it should be to always be aware.
Be mindful of where you are at, where you parked and who is around you. If you notice that the drunk jerkoff at the bar has now made your visual acquaintance, it’s probably time to relocate yourself to a different place. That is the safest thing
If in fact you do come face to face with one of these so called bullies, be calm and patient. Usually he is just trying to show out. An acknowledgment and a drink will do wonders for the situation. Yes, offer to buy him a drink, as it much cheaper than getting arrested because this idiot decided he didn’t like you.
Don’t EVER let them get close enough to touch you before you diffuse the situation. And NEVER turn your back on them. That’s just inviting a sucker punch/grab.
If you have come to the realization that this isn’t going to end well for anyone, then you should be on the giving end as opposed to the receiving end. That means striking first. The best way to apply this is through helping the other person become overly confident. Don’t yell, shout or gesture. The moment you see that this isn’t repairable, start deciding how you are going to defend yourself. The more even-keeled you are, the better your chances are for an effective strike.
Now that you have kept them at a safe distance, kept an even tone and temper, you should have the upper hand, at least for the 1st strike. Punching someone in the face sounds like the best bet, but the head is very mobile. I prefer an uppercut to the stomach or kick/knee to the groin. Self defense isn’t a fair activity, so hit 1st (when all else fails) and hit hard and don’t stop until you are positive you can get away safely. The key is to be as fast and effective as possible and then get the hell out of there.