Think of the acronym SWOT to analyze the situation
- Strengths: Take a quick look at the perceived strengths of an opponent, both physically and mentally. Such things as opponent's build, mental aggression level, determination, etc. may provide insight into what kind of opponent you are dealing with.
- Weaknesses: Take a quick look at the perceived weaknesses of an opponent, both physically and mentally. Is attacker scared, is this his or her first time committing a crime, or is he or she on drugs? If you recognize weaknesses, you may exploit them to your advantage.
- Opportunities: Be aware of and take advantage of any opportunities, such as escape routes, access to makeshift weapons, friendly bystanders, or a passive attacker that may be grabbed and used as a human shield.
- Threats: Be aware of anything that may help the opponent, such as hidden weapons, backup on the way, or opponent knows the territory better than me.
Use your Head
Once the action starts and your adrenaline kicks in, your brain will race and process thoughts so quickly that everything will seem to happen in slow motion. So try to stay calm and make the correct decisions. Also, you may use your head as a weapon. Bash it into attacker's nose using your forehead, or, if held from behind, slam it back into the attacker's face. Similarly, women, if you are grabbed in a bear hug from behind, do not waste time trying to step on his toes, or elbow his ribs, or kick your heel up into his groin, these moves will do little besides anger your attacker. Instead, bash his face with the back of your head. All you have to do is connect once or twice with your attacker's face or collarbone. Look for Weapons
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