Since most people do not carry weapons for self-defense, be aware of anything around you that may be used as a weapon. Use hard objects to attack bone and pointed objects against soft tissue. When you use an object, use it to finish the fight, not to merely discourage the attacker. A weak attack will make the attacker angrier and fiercer in his or her attacks. Remember use hard objects against bone, pointed objects against soft tissue. Also, remember the same objects are available to the attacker to use as weapons.
Wait until last possible moment
Do not tip you hand by starting a defensive move too early. If the defense is detected, the attacker may then change the attack to avoid the defense. Wait until the last possible moment, and then block and counterattack with ruthless power and determination. This requires patience and confidence in your abilities. These qualities are developed through lots of practice.
Do not get hit
Do not move in straight lines, either forward and backward, or side-to-side. Attackers usually commit to a straight line attack toward a target located at a particular distance in a particular direction. When you change the target's location and distance, it spoils the effectiveness of the attack. An attacker may be able to adjust to either a change in target location or a change in target distance alone, but changing both will either cancel the attack or weaken its effects. Moving in a straight line either backward or forward changes the target distance, but does not effectively change its location since it is still in the path of attack. Moving laterally changes the location of the target, but not the distance.
If you move forward at a 45-degree angle to the attacking path, you change location and distance and place yourself beside the attacker where an effective counter may be use.