Stay safe with self defense tips for women

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 9:19 PM

When it comes to personal safety, self defense can only take you so far. Maura Barclay combines self defense with intuition and other tools to help women reduce fear, increase confidence and better protect themselves. The self defense expert has a new book out, entitled UNBREAKABLE WOMAN.  Maura joined guest host Kim Holcomb to talk about what sets her book and approach to personal safety apart from other programs out there.

Learn more about Maura, her book and to schedule a seminar with her for your group or business by visiting her UNBREAKABLE WOMAN website.

Here are five of Maura's safety tips, streamlined to help young women who are returning to college or going away to school/living away from home for the first time:

1. WALK LIKE A SUPERHERO- Strangers only know what YOU tell them with your body language and your attitude. If you walk like you can handle yourself, it will be communicated loud and clear. Fake it 'Till you make it. (See "Eye of The Tiger" on pg. 131 in Unbreakable Woman Compassionate Self-Defense and Empowerment for more information)

2. CHANGE THE WEATHER - This is an assertiveness tool. If someone is creeping you out, you can be "nice" but your body language and energy will drop the temperature in the room to freezing, letting them know they are skating on thin ice. (See "Changing The Weather" pg. 119 in Unbreakable Woman Compassionate Self-Defense and Empowerment for more information)

3. BREAK THE SCRIPT -  Criminals have a fantasy about how their targets will behave. If you say what is happening in the moment (ex: You are not hearing me say no to you) you are "outting" them and it ruins their plan. See "Powerful Speech" on pg. 119 in Unbreakable Woman Compassionate Self-Defense and Empowerment for more information)

4. STOP THE TRAIN - The more momentum a train has, the longer and more difficult it is to stop. If a date starts to go in a direction you're not comfortable with, prevent any further momentum with a committed "Stop!" It's clear, direct and prevents confusion about consent which is an important date safety tool. (See "The Date Talk" on pg. 106 in Unbreakable Woman Compassionate Self-Defense and Empowerment for more information)

5. MAKE SOMEONE VISIBLE - Criminals want to be invisible. Sometimes simply acknowledging someone with a nod of your head or brief eye contact can eliminate you as a potential target. (See "Assertiveness" pg. 116 in Unbreakable Woman Compassionate Self-Defense and Empowerment for more information)

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