Things You Need to Understand About Self-Defense

Self-Defense is something that you need every day. According to Findlaw self-defense means the right to prevent suffering force or violence with enough level of counteracting force or violence. But it doesn’t mean you can just hit people just because they’re not treating you right. Self-defense is different from hitting without a proper approach. It may sound simple, but it’s really a lot more complex and has some considerations you need to aware of, remember, “Fighting is hard but hurting is easy.” Let me give you a short rundown of the things you need to understand about self-defense.

1.Self-Defense is Legal. Protecting yourself is the utmost thing you need to put in your mind when you are in danger. You will not be in jail if you practice self-defense to save yourself but it needs to be within the law’s jurisdiction. There’s this you call Stand Your Ground Laws, this clears any confusion on when a person can practice self-defense. It’s a law that states that you need to attempt to retreat first under legal circumstances before you do self-defense.

2.Self-Defense means using your mind and body to protect you or a loved one. Self-Defense means doing everything you can do to protect yourself from imminent danger, but that doesn’t mean you can just keep on fighting without thinking or use your wits with your fist. Think of what you can do to land a direct hit that can open an opportunity to save yourself or a loved-one, and then run. It’s never a bad thing to run, plus you never know what can happen next.

3.Self-Defense requires Proper Training. You can’t expect to go Jackie Chan all over to someone who’s a threat to your safety the first time. Fitting in a few minutes or hours in a week of your schedule for self-defense classes can literally save your or a person’s life. Learning realistic techniques is necessary, training classes can teach you to carry out effective techniques even though they’re not the state-of-the-art kicks like what you see on the TV.

4.Self-Defense has three components. There are a lot of self-defense components, but according to Sammy Franco, you just need to know three, these are the physical, intellectual and psychological component. Physical components involve different fighting strategies; intellectual includes proper recognition of criminals or possible threat and street smart thinking. And psychological aspect that tells how you acknowledge that there are many criminal threats across the globe, and you need to be well-equipped to save your life or your loved-ones.

5.Self-Defense is for ALL. Regardless of the age, gender, capability, and resources, self-defense is for all. These include children, women, elderly and people with a disability. Criminals focus on the weak and don’t choose people who they think can outrun them, of course, they eye for people who they think are weak and incapable. You can visit to know more about on how to improve your improve your kid’s self-defense and elderly self-defense tips.

It is also necessary to keep personal security products with you always like pepper spray or stunt guns. These are just little things you can put in your most accessible pocket. Check out damsel in defense for quality and affordable security product on the go. So, remember everything, take heart and be strong! Always take care and be safe!

7 Ways To Improve Your Kid’s Self Defense Skills

Hi, everyone! We’re Team Peace and we want to talk to you about something important. It is important to protect our children from street crimes such as assaults, muggings and any sort of violence directed at kids. We have children of our own and we work at teaching them to be street smart and have equipped them with basic self-defense skills. Today this is more important as crime rates soar everywhere. Let us discuss 7 ways to do this:

1. Don’t go with any stranger – This should be a rule. No matter what the stranger says, or even if the stranger has a puppy or ice cream, remind your kids that they are not to decide IF they should go with the stranger. The rule is to NEVER go with a stranger.

2. Have a Family Code Word – This is in the case of emergencies and someone else needs to get the kids from school or practice. There is one safeword that the kids should ask to prove that you sent this person to get them. ONLY then are they allowed to go with whoever that is.

3. Stay away from adults asking for help – This is because adults would not ask children for help, this is most likely a ploy to abduct the child. No matter if the person asking for help is on crutches or old or has a cute kitten. Train your kids to get another adult to help the person asking for help, and not help directly.

4. Stay out of reach of vehicles – This is to avoid being abducted or snatched into a vehicle. Staying two to three steps away from a vehicle is enough if one slows down to ask for directions. And remind them to NEVER get into a car with a stranger no matter what the weather is, especially if the person does not have the Family Code Word.

5. Avoid labels – This means no labels on clothes, bags, lunch boxes, thermos, etc. If your kid has their name in plain sight then a predator might use this knowledge to gain their trust. Keep labels inside bags or on the inner tags of clothing instead.

6. Have a plan – This is for when you get separated at events, or the mall or anywhere. Tell your child to find a policeman, security guard, a mother with kids and say they are lost. Make sure they know their full name, address, YOUR full name and phone number.

7. Practice scenarios – This is to instill all the rules in them until they become reflexes. Role playing different dangerous scenarios will also heighten their instinct so that they will have a better chance if the scenario happens in real life.


NBC News tells us here are precautions you can take as a parent and caregiver and information and skills you can teach your child to prevent an abduction. We need to raise street smart kids in these dark times. The time you spend teaching your kids street smarts will increase their chances of staying safe should they ever be in a dangerous situation reminds The Spruce. We hope the tips we shared above can help arm your child against threats in society. Do you have any other tips? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!

10 Elderly Self-defense Tips You Need To Learn Now.

Hi everyone, my name is Kacey! I want to discuss something important with you all. Elderly self-defense is not a new concept but an old one that needs to be reinforced especially in this day and age. Seniors advise that the concept of self-defense for seniors deals more with not showing fear than with ways to body-slam someone to the pavement. Elderly people need to have the strength to protect themselves and that comes from an awareness of surroundings, a fearless presence, and an understanding of their capabilities. How do we help the elderly achieve all this?

My Silver Age confirms that crime is a real concern in the world today, and seniors are often targets. Bad elements in society often think that elderly people are weak, and this perception rubs off on most of our old folks. You can strengthen yourself and be more prepared by taking note of some valuable tips regarding elderly self-defense:

  1. Stay in groups – Robbers and snatchers tend to attack people, young and old, who are alone. It is always better to buddy-up or go out in groups, especially when going out at nighttime.
  2. Avoid places where “bad people” hang out – We all know there are areas in the city where there are dangerous people and the crime rate is high. Steer clear from these areas and this lessens the chance that these bad people will target you.
  3. Stay in well-lighted places – Thieves and all sorts of bad people love the dark places where they can ambush people. You can save yourself the trouble by staying in well-lit areas where you can avoid giving them an advantage.
  4. Keep valuables hidden – Most snatchers and robbers target those with obvious valuables in sight, like designer watches or gold jewelry. When walking out and about it is better to keep them in your bag or pocket until you reach your destination.
  5. Dodge attacks – This is extremely important: do not fight back if possible. Unless an attacker has already engaged you in a fight, it is better to run and call for help if a physical attack is not imminent.
  6. Stay in shape – This may seem trivial but being fit gives you a better fighting chance. When you are in shape, you can move faster even when you’re older.
  7. Anything can be a weapon – Think! Your keys, an umbrella, a walking stick and even a shopping bag can be used to ward off attackers.
  8. Target weak spots – If confronted by an attacker and armed with a weapon, always go for the weak spots: the eyes, the nose, or the groin.
  9. Take a self-defense class – Your local YMCA or Police Station may be offering classes in your area and a structured class held by professionals may be advantageous especially if you’re a visual or kinesthetic learner.
  10. Constant vigilance – This is very important because being aware of your surroundings can be a life and death matter. This will lead you to know when to run and fight and is crucial in surviving an attack.

As a senior citizen, you need to be prepared with self-defense strategies, tactics and techniques before an attack happens and they need to be practiced often shares Legally Concealed. People young or old need to learn about self-defense, or at least carry some gadgets that will help keep them safe. This is why I joined Damsel in Defense in the first place, to learn to keep myself and my loved ones safe. At Damsel in Defense, we have some items that would be perfect for elderly self-defense. Check them out in the pictures below and if you want to purchase them, click here!

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10 Quick Tips For Situational Awareness

Hi, it’s Gerald! I want to discuss something extremely important with you. In this day and age, I believe it is very important to learn and practice situational awareness. You’re going to ask me, what is situational awareness? The US Coast Guard describes it as:

…the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mission. More simply, it’s knowing what is going on around you.

In our current society, we need increased awareness of our surroundings. This is a skill taught to the military and police, but as Art of Manliness says, it’s an important skill for civilians to learn as well. In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else can keep you and your loved ones safe.

They mention a very helpful tip to start us off, and this deals with the mindset needed for situational awareness:

The OODA Loop is a learning system and decision-making process that was first laid out by Air Force fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd. The four steps of the OODA Loop are Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. In a head-to-head competition, like air-to-air combat, a violent confrontation in a parking lot, or even political contests, the person who can cycle through the OODA Loop the fastest wins.

Most of the written material deals with very technical definitions, that (for me) hold little real world application according to It’s Tactical. Keep in mind that situational awareness is more of mindset and not a skill, so this means anyone with the will and discipline to learn can do so.

Here are 10 tips we found from Be Survival that we added on to:

1. Learn to Predict Events – Look around you and try to predict the future actions of thing and people around you to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

2. Identify Elements Around You – Check out everything around you and note immediate threats and watch for their possible impact on you and your companions.

3. Trust Your Feelings – Follow your gut! Your body knows way before your mind of danger because of the fight or flight hormone.

4. Limit Situational Overload – Limit the things that occupy your attention when out, as this could cause distraction and that can cause an error in dealing with threats.

5. Avoid Complacency – Stay vigilant of your surroundings and always be ready for any disaster or danger.

6. Be Aware of Time – Take note of the schedule you have and of people with you, because being in a hurry can lessen your focus. There are also more threats at night than during the day.

7. Begin to Evaluate and Understand Situations – Aim to understand how patterns in everyday situations work and how to interpret and evaluate these patterns to make a good defense.

8. Actively Prevent Fatigue – Getting adequate rest will make sure that you are in top shape to defend against any threat.

9. Continually Assess the Situation – Always be aware of your surroundings as you continue to assess your situation. It pays to know your surroundings and what to use during an attack.

10. Monitor Performance of Others – Be up to date with your family’s health, as a weak link can mean the success or failure in your defense.


I was a police officer for a while and we learned about these concepts.  It is very insightful and very relevant to all types of people.  The main point I would like to drill home is to not walk and be engrossed in your phone.  This makes you a prime target because you are oblivious to your surroundings.  It is not only for muggings but also for traffic. Let us all keep ourselves and our families safe by doing simple things like practicing situational awareness.

Empower Hour was a Success!

Team Peace hosted an event last May 10, 2017, called Empower Hour and we want to thank everyone who came and made it a rousing success! We covered a lot of topics regarding Damsel in Defense and it was great seeing so many people interested in self-defense. Here are some of the items we talked about during Empower Hour:


stun gunGet A Grip Stun Gun – Features an ergonomic grip, charging indicator light, slide-out charger, LED flashlight and comes in 5 great colors! Goes for only $65.00 and you can purchase it here.


Sock It To Me Kubotan – An amazing keychain striking tool that can increase the power of a defensive strike! Comes in 6 great colors and only for $10.00. You can purchase it here.

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Hardcore Pepper Spray – This pepper spray is so handy and hands-free at the same time. Comes in 7 great colors and has a keychain attachment for easy reach. Such a steal at $10.00 and you can get yours here.

Holla Hers Personal Alarm – This nifty personal alarming device gives a high pitched alarm sound for help when activated. It also has a LED flashlight and keychain ring so it can attach anywhere. Get it for only $15.00 here for women and here for men.

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September 26 is Situational Awareness Day! Situational awareness is keeping your head up in public and looking around you for threats that are overt and covert. A great tip is to make eye contact with others and avoid looking at your phone especially when traveling alone. Always be prepared!


There are tons of other amazing personal protection equipment you can purchase and you can see them here. We want to encourage people to always think about their personal safety and also of the friends and family they want to be protected at all times. Stay tuned to our blog for announcements of future events like Empower Hour where we can share how to best arm oneself and be confident and safe while going about your everyday duties.