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Rania Gamal's Self Defense Tips For Women in the Middle East

Every Woman Should Know These 5 Self-Defense Tips

Back in March we told you about Jordanian gym SheFighter's efforts to help women learn self-defense. And a video of Gigi Hadid's altercation with a prankster in Milan went viral. Now one Dubai-based fitness guru wants to help ladies feel safer on the streets.

The ideas are simple but a good reminder of how we can arm ourselves every day to feel confident and in turn decrease the chances of becoming a victim.

"We, women, are stronger than we can ever think. We have smashed glass ceiling in different industries, we have pioneered some of the best inventions and most importantly, we can bear the pain and passion of delivering a child in this world after carrying it inside our womb for nine months.

"Thus we can surely learn how to protect oneself, it is our duty and responsibility," Rania Gamal says.

For more ideas check out Linda Cochrane's boxing tips but for now, enjoy Rania's advice below:

1. Prevention Is the Best Self-Defense

"First, remember that prevention is the best self-defense. Attackers, whatever their objectives, are looking for unsuspecting, vulnerable targets. So be sure to follow general safety tips like being aware of your surroundings, only walking and parking in well-lit areas, keeping your keys in hand as you approach your door or car, varying your route and times of travel, and other personal security precautions."

2. Let's Get Loud!

As soon as the attacker touches you or it's clear that escape isn't possible, shout loudly ("BACK OFF!") and push back at him or her. This does two things; it signals for help and it lets the attacker know you're not an easy target. It may not dissuade all attackers, but getting loud will warn off those that were looking for easy prey. Immediately call 999 as they are always active 24/7 to help anyone that has an emergency."

3. Hit The Right Spots

"When you're in a confrontation, you only have a few seconds and a few moves to try. Before an attacker has gained full control of you, you must do everything you can — conserving as much energy as possible — to inflict injury so you can get away. (This is no time to be civil. In a physical confrontation that calls for self-defense, it's hurt or be hurt.) So aim for the parts of the body where you can do the most damage easily: the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, and legs."

4. Maximize The Damage

"Now here are the parts of the body used most effectively for inflicting damage; your elbows, knees, and head (they're your body's bony built-in weapons). Aside from that, use everyday objects. Everyday objects you carry around with you or things in your environment can also be used to your advantage as weapons. Hold a key or pen between your middle and ring finger while you're walking home in the dark for more assurance. Outdoors, you can toss some dirt or sand into your attacker's eyes. Women are often told to spray perfume or hairspray into an assailant's eyes. The point is, use whatever you can to make your defense stronger."

5. Use Your Weight

"No matter your size, weight, or strength in relation to your opponent, you can defend yourself by strategically using your body and the simple law of physics. This is the principle behind martial arts systems like Jujitsu and other self-defense programs where a smaller person is able to defeat a larger one."

Image Sources: POPSUGAR Photographer / Kat Borchart, POPSUGAR Photographer / Mark Popovich and Rania Gamal
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