CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – All week long we’re talking about self-defense and how to protect yourself against predators.
South Carolina ranks as the highest state for Domestic Violence in the country and the city of Goose Creek is trying to change that statistic. For the past ten years, the Goose Creek Police Department has hosted a self-defense seminar each quarter to teach women how to protect themselves.
The free class teaches awareness, prevention, risk education, risk avoidance, and self-realization of physical strength.
Crime Specialist Kevin Scott says women are more likely than men to be assaulted so he wants ladies to be prepared when facing a dangerous situation. The class provides an instructional period.
A key takeaway:
- Be aware of your surroundings especially when coming and leaving home
- Running errands
- Going for a jog around the block
Crime Specialist Scott says one of the most important lessons with self-defense is to see a hazard coming before it can take advantage of you.
During the seminar, the women learn how to stand, hit, fight, and flee.
In a fighting stance, your feet should be shoulder width apart and your stronger leg should be a half step behind your weaker leg. Make sur eyour toes are pointed forward to give you a solid base and mobility.
Sergenat Coffey explains, “You’re going to use the immovable earth to push off and generate power—that’s what makes these techniques so great because you’re using those hips kind of like a baseball player when they take a swing.”
Next, he says to position your hands in front of your face and make sure your elbows are tucked in. This will protect your core and organs.
Officers say when you hit, you need to strike with the heel of your palm or use what’s called a hammer fist so you don’t break any bones in your hand.
Sergeant Coffey says that the eyes, throat, groin, and back of the neck are some of the most vulnerable areas on a person so aim accordingly.
Additionally, in the event you need to call 9-1-1, officers explain it’s crucial to provide good information about your attacker.
Sergeant Coffey says “bad guys” can’t change certain things about themselves so he recommends trying to focus on a person’s race, hair, eye color, tattoos, skin tones, facial hair.
Specific details are more likely to help officers locate a suspect.