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Everyone is at risk, no one is immune to violence. 
It is becoming more dangerous every day.  Your circle of security can be shattered in an instant. It is an illusion. Do not strengthen the illusion; strengthen your defense.




On the street

In your home

Women who use two strategies of self defense
have an 80% chance of escaping an attempted rape.


Visualize it: You are in your house or on the road and 4 armed men walk your way. One pulls  knife from his person, another a baton and then you notice another one reaching inside his waist. Feel it, is there fear, is there panic?  A tightening in your chest and throat?  Soon you will be minced, battered or shot and there is nothing you can do to help yourself. 



 Good self-defense training will give you 

“THE KnACk”  

Knowledge, Ability, Confidence.  

The sensibility to approach the worst of situations, would be assailants and weapons with quick, decisive, intelligent, confident actions. 

Expand your options, be prepared, research, visualize and train hard. The Jamaica Academy Of Self-Defense teaches these skills and this page is geared to give you the basic information for self-defense. 

There are many self-defense and martial arts techniques, thousands of years and tens of civilizations worth too many to cover even in a lifetime.  GoshinKai gives you many useful, potent techniques and more importantly a solid base to build on, whether with our continuing classes, another group or on your own.  The following links may also be of help.



Many women have been told that if they resist an attack, they will enrage their attacker and escalate the assault.  This myth endangers women by discouraging them from educating themselves in techniques that can save their lives.  Research has shown that women can resist assault most effectively using physical, verbal, and/or psychological techniques, as well as simply by running away.   Those who fight back using a combination of methods have a much greater chance of avoiding rape and injury than women who do not.

Women who use two strategies of self defense
have an 80% chance of escaping an attempted rape.




In Your Car
1. Keep windows and doors locked.
2. If you should be followed into your driveway, stay in
   your car with the doors locked.  Sound horn to get
   the attention of neighbors or scare the other driver
3. When parking at night, select a place that will be
   well-lit when returning to the car.
4. Always make sure the car is locked, and have the
   keys ready when returning to the car.
5. Check interior of car before getting in.
On the Street
1. Be observant of things around you.  If someone is
   following you, go to the nearest house or store.

2. Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to
   shrubbery, dark doorways and other places of

3. Even if you live in hard to reach, rural areas,
4. Avoid short cuts through parking lots and alleys.
5. Walk with a friend if at all possible.  Don't walk

6. If a car approaches you and you feel threatened,
   scream and run in the direction opposite of the one
   the car is going.
7. When arriving home by taxi or private auto, ask the
   driver to wait until you are inside.
8. Don't jog in secluded areas.
9. Know the location of the special emergency phones


In Your Home
1. The best lock cannot function if you fail to lock it. 
 Be sure to keep your doors locked.
2. All windows should have secure locks and frames.
3. All entrances and garages should be well-lit.
4. Never open the door after a knock.  Require the
   person to give their name.  In the case of service
   persons ask for proper I.D. and refuse entrance if
   you feel uneasy.

If You Are Sexually Assaulted
The best resistance you can use against an attacker is
your common sense. 
Think!  Don't panic.  The most
important element to remember is that you are not trying
to fight the attacker, but are attempting to divert the
person long enough to get away.  Always look for a way
to escape.

If the attacker has a weapon, use your common sense and training.

Fighting against it could be dangerous.
1.  Stay calm.  Do not do anything that may upset the

2.  Try to convince the person to put the weapon

3.  Talk to your attacker, show sympathy and
4.  Make the attacker see you as an individual, not as
    an object.
If the attacker is unarmed, you may be able to scare,
distract or injure the person enough to make your escape.
1.  Scream "FIRE," "POLICE," or create a disturbance
    that will attract attention.

2.  Assert yourself and fight back if you can do so

3.  Break away and run toward areas with people.
4.  Be observant so that you will be able to remember
    and identify the assailant.

5.  Report the incident to the police as soon as possible.

Self protection (self defense) is more than learning a few simple yells or carrying a spray to ward off attackers. It is a habit of mind. Self protection is the way you think, dress, and walk. You have a traffic light in your head that tells you stuff all the time. When something doesn't seem just right about that guy -- listen to that yellow light in your head. A Narcotics officer, for example, learns to listen to their 'gut' feelings ( so should you.) Self Protection is a study in options: Whether to reduce risks, talk, run or fight. People who tell you what you should have done -- they weren't there; were they! Click to play  awareness talk.

Realize what your risks are by using risk reduction tests. You have probably thwarted attacks in the past and just didn't realize it. Many robberies and assaults are unsuccessful. You may be a survivor of a street attack already so you did a lot correctly or you wouldn't be here to read this page. It is not the victim's fault that the door was unlocked or that the victim didn't fight the the attacker with the gun -- it is the fault of the 'low life' criminal who attacked.  

What do you do when you face a beating, a robbery or a rape?

 We will discuss those below. Groin grabs are what people 'think of' when they think of women's self defense. The issue is more complicated than one simple defensive technique. Grabbing or hitting a man in the testicles (up from the base) may work fine but use multiple techniques. You may not think you could hurt a large, muscular attacker -- but you can. Everyone has weak points. The eyes are vulnerable to finger jabs or improvised weapons like pens, pencils or the like.



Learn a few simple tools


AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment)  A great page with resources addressing domestic violence, acquaintance rape, and both unarmed and armed defense.

Usable research info for everybody

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Sexual Assault Information Page  An excellent and in-depth resource covering all aspects of sexual assault.

Links Page

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Self Defense With Christopher Benson Good stuff on the mental aspects of fighting.

A truly excellent site for serious combatants

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Perpetrate My Fist! Women's Self-Defense as Physical Education for Everyday Life

An article offering good reading

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Rape Prevention Web Page

Great for research and Statistics (update link)

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Paxton Quigley's Home Page

A women's Defense site, marketing her materials and a few tips and links.

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Metro Nashville Police Department - Self Protection Tips

Solid Self protection tips

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A few tips and hints on fighting techniques, worth visiting

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A Black belt Magazine article

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Hapkido Site, They put allot of work into giving visitors many techniques, worth checking out

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