Okay, we thought we would do this video to give some very simple, practical, sensible tips of what to do to defend yourself against dogs, because this is something that has come up. People have asked us there’s a lot of stray dogs around. Sometimes people don’t have their dogs contained and it can be a potentially dangerous situation. Also recently, in the news we saw a clip of a woman who was at the beach with her small dog and a larger dog came running at them.
Looked like it attacked a small dog and it was running at her. We thought we would provide some quick tips that would be useful in such a situation before we start allow me to introduce our assistants dad toki come on sit down, stay toki, sit down to make this easy to remember. I will give you abc.
Just remember abc: this is the order you want to remember these things in, because this is the order of execution. The a stands for avoid. Okay, you want to be aware of your surroundings as aware as possible of where you’re going so that you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation to begin with so scope out the area.
If you see dogs that are not contained that look like they could be an issue try to see if the owners are around and let them know to contain the dogs or make sure that you feel safe or just avoid areas to begin with, where there are Stray dogs tend to hang out or you think, might be a risk. That’s the first thing avoid. Then you don’t have an issue period.
The b stands for bolt, which means get the hell out of there. If you see a situation where, like in this video, we saw on the news it looked like, the woman was just maybe leaving the beach or going to the beach. I couldn’t tell, and the dog started running at her and her smaller dog and that’s what she did she bolted, but it was kind of too late because the dog was too close and if you just run while a dog is chasing you, then the instincts of The dog are going to take over and they are definitely going to chase. You and you’re, probably not going to outrun, a dog unless you’re already further enough away or you have an escape plan.
Something to get over. I’m going to show you a very quick way to get up onto an elevation if there’s one nearby or over a fence. The easiest way to get up over a fence or onto an elevation is by using what we’ll call the safety vault.
You need to. First, support yourself on your hands and then you need to get one foot up to give you the leverage to get up. So the easiest way to get up is like this.
Most people would like lay their whole body on it and then try to get one leg up and try to swing the other leg up and by the time all that happens. It’s going to be too late. If the dog’s trying to get you if a dog is trying to get, you yes come here, see how quick that was it’s much easier to get up. If you have a technique, that’s more efficient – and this is just the most efficient way to get up on a ledge or to get over a fence.
It would work the same break it down. All you’re doing is getting as close to the object as possible using your hands in sync, with your jump to support your hands on the object and then you’re going to bring one leg up either leg and from there you can use the three points of support.
The foot and the two hands to get over okay, so that’ll work for a wall or a fence that is at least low enough that you can reach with your hands and your jump combined, get at least to the point where you can support yourself on your Hands get your body weight over and then get one foot up and get over like that.
Okay, that’s the easiest way so awareness or avoid be aware and avoid the situation bolt and if you need to, if you can bolt to a nearby fence or object that you can get up on quickly, and we just showed you a technique for that and the C is the last resort is if you need to confront the animal so we’ll show you that next, okay, so if you can avoid and bolt, then the situation is taken care of, but you may need to confront the animal.
You may not be able to run away in time, there’s a few things to keep in mind. If that happens. Number one is animals. Read your energy okay, they’re not like humans that are looking for all these other cues.
That don’t really mean anything they’re. Just reading your energy, so you have to be very calm. Your energy has to be calm, but it also has to be intense. If you’re not used to generating intensity, then you kind of have to practice it and fake it till you make it.
So, that’s why I think it’s good for anybody to practice practical, selfdefense and practice things. That’s going to get you in a mode where you can train yourself to be relaxed but intense at the same time, because that is what the animal is going to read. Most times, if your energy is right, you’ll be able to disarm the dog without even having to even do anything.
But if it’s a dog, that’s out of control and it’s going to come at you, then you need to be able to show it that you are common in control but at the same time, you’re intense and ready to deal with the situation.
We’ll show you some techniques that could possibly turn a lethal bite or just a very, very bad bite into a bite that you can just deal with that and save your own life. So again, the energy is important and your posture says a lot.
Your posture sends a huge message in terms of your energy, so if a dog is coming at me desk come here if I flop forward like this, I’m not really saying seattle’s still following me, but if I do this, okay, if I posture myself properly and posture – Is not just about being loud and getting big? Okay! This is a misconception when people try to want to act, tough, they walk around trying to take up as much space.
That is. You can read that a mile away, if you know what you’re doing that is not what you want to send the message. You don’t want to just be loud or you don’t want to come at the dog and scare it because if you scare the dog too much it will that could make the aggression situation even worse. What you want to do is show a calm assertiveness and like a focused energy, and your posture should be protecting your center line.
You don’t want to be facing the dog squarely and you don’t want to be open. You want to be more closed and you want to turn slightly so you’re off center. Okay, this is square.
This is not square you’re, not sideways, because now that shows a flight response that you’re going to run you’re still facing the dog, but you’re like this you’re guarding your center line, so that it’s very easy for me to just turn turn and dip. My shoulder and close off all my vital organs here: okay – or it’s very easy for me – to pivot and step out of the way if I need to so that’s the basics of the posture. Okay, it’s a it’s more of a closed, focused posture as opposed to a square on open, big posture.
The next thing is from that posture: you need to be immediately ready to deflect or block and the two most practical ways to do that in a situation like that again, you may not be able to avoid getting bitten, but you want to make sure that the Bite instead of happening at your throat or somewhere in your stomach or near your vital organ, you want to make sure that the bite happens in a safer spot.
Your forearm okay, so the safest way to block is what we’ll call a cross guard, which is essentially just this. If I throw something at you, you’re probably going to do something like this anyway. So that’s the cross guard defense, so you’re going to do this.
The only adjustment that would make to that is um make a make a fist when you do it instead of open hands, because if you ever, if you get a bite mark and an open hand, that’s that could be really severe and that could disable you from Being able to use your hands afterwards, where you may need to to get away or to take the next action so make a fist. And when you, when you do the cross guard one hand, goes down across the front of the body towards the hip and the other. One just goes on your shoulder like this okay.
So if you just do that, you’re going to be and then touch your chin. Your face is protected. Okay, so just quickly like this, while the cross guard is effective and could potentially save your life, it’s not enough in itself.
You also have to be prepared to deliver some kind of a strike or attack to get the dog to back off. When you’re here, you make a tight fist and you use this part of your fist, you stay in compact and you can deliver quite an effective blow. That way what is even more effective is, if you can learn a simple push. Kick a push.
Kick is very effective for keeping distance between you and an attacker. Okay I’ll show you how effective it is, even just with my dog right now. Yes come here up, so I can put my foot to hold him off into his body. Don’t put it at his face because you can just bite your foot but as he’s coming in, he has to lunge at you like this, so you go for somewhere here and you just drive your knee up.
First, you chamber your knee. So you drive it up and then you push like you’re trying to kick down a door you’re going to drive your knee up chamber your knee up and then it’s a push. It’s not a flick, kick you’re not doing this and you’re, not stomping. Okay, you need to get your knee up, which also defends you yes come here up up the knee also defends you.
You see that the knee also defends you and from there you can bend them off with the push kick. So it’s more of a push. It’s not a snap kick or a flick tip, so you’re going to drive your knee up and then push like you’re trying to kick down a door. So to recap so far confront first thing is your posture and your energy.
You face the dog, you don’t want to turn your back, so you face you, send your energy directly at the dog you stay relaxed, but intense. You make sure your posture is not open. You protect your center line, but again you still face the dog.
You have the cross guard and the push kick a very effective defense, so you’re protecting your face, you’re, protecting your neck tucking, your chin, you can still see, and if the dog lunges at you you have this, you have your knee to drive up when you chamber It even just the knee is sufficient to hold them off okay, but from there you can also do the push kick and if you deliver a sharp enough push kick to the chest area, stomach area and you can practice that and deliver a powerful enough.
Kick. It’s probably going to be enough to deter the dough. Next is parrying, so the dog may be lunging at you. You do that if it keeps coming at you you, you may need to be able to keep parrying or what I mean by parrying is deflecting the dog away, and I would recommend you do that with a closed fist like this, but for the purpose of demonstration, Because I don’t want to injure my assistant, I’m just going to do it with an open palm okay.
Good boy come here! So when you, when you’re doing the deflecting it’s kind of just you’re, stepping out of the way and using the momentum of the dog to let it continue it’s coming at me, I’m stepping away and using them using its own momentum to send it. Okay, you want to step to the outside and deflect step to the outside and deflect.
If you can and then after you do, that, if you need to you, can get in a good shot and take off even better than that is, if you can grab something nearby, a simple stick, the godfather of all weapons. If you have something like a broomstick or something this length, that’s a bit longer, then I like to hold it like this, because you can maintain your stance, your proper posture, where you’re closing off the center line.
One hand like this and one hand like this just like if you were sweeping and from here you can deliver very powerful shots just by simply flicking it like that. That is a very, very devastating blow. If you just like that, that’s a devastating blow. You can also we call uh it’s like a jab.
Usually when people pick up a stick, they will hold it like this and swinging it wildly like this. Okay, that’s not going to be effective, because once you do this, I mean a dog is quick. So once you do that now all it has to do if it if it missed or if you didn’t hit it hard enough, it’s going to come right back to you, but if I’m like this, yes come here, come here boy, good boy! If I’m like this, I’m always in control, I don’t have to do any wild swings. All I need to do is that that that okay, I can come around around and very little subtle movements can deliver enough power to keep somebody up or keep a dog up.
So, to sum up, how do you defend yourself against crazy dogs that are attacking you abc avoid? Is the first thing have awareness scope up the situation? Try not to put yourself in a situation where you’re going to be at risk. Failing that, if you spot the situation a little bit late, but still early enough to bolt, then the b stands for bolt, get the hell out of there and try to find an elevation where you can use the safety vault and either get over a fence or Get up onto a ledge where the dog is not likely to be able to reach you and the last of last but not least, is confront.
If you need to confront the dog, then you need to be very aware of your energy and your posture, because even if you’re defending yourself using the cross guard block that we talked about, this sends a very different message than this. So you need to be still confronting, but defending at the same time so you’re blocking, but at the same time you’re also attacking.
If you need to grab something, if you can keep it in close and use sharp, but powerful strikes with fierce intention behind them and do what you need to do to defend yourself thanks for watching. I hope that’s helpful. If you have any questions, you can comment below dance come here, boy sit down come here, good girl sit good girl, no dogs were harmed in the making of this video good boy.