Need to defend yourself? Here's how a local business is teaching you the techniques to keep you safe

Posted at 6:26 AM, Jan 22, 2020

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Do you know what to do if you were ever in a situation where you had to defend yourself?

January is National Personal Self Defense Awareness Month, which is why one local business is teaching you everything you need to know.

SPAR Self Defense in the Town of Tonawanda teaches reality based self defense, the type that will help you in real life situations.

"The best weapons you have are your hands, and your senses," said Bill Long, co-owner of SPAR Self Defense.

Stemming from krav maga, the techniques taught at SPAR Self Defense are used by SWAT teams and the U.S. Secret Service.

"If you have to reach for pepper spray or a gun most often your are not going to have time for that," Long said.

Here are some moves that will help you in assault situations

If someone is trying to choke you

  • You should quickly grab their wrist and drive down your elbow into their face.

If someone comes up behind you

  • Elbow them in the groin and continue to shove

If you have your ponytails pulled

  • Face your attacker rather than try to run away and hit them right in the neck

It's not about size or weight, rather it's about knowing what to do to get away, and how to use your body to make the hits.