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Today more than at any other time in our nation's history it's important for women to be able to protect themselves. Criminals don't hesitate to attack women these days, and if you're a woman, you need to know how to protect yourself. Here are some defense attack moves, how you can master them, and when you should use them.

• Attacks from behind. If you're attacked from behind, the best thing you can do is to keep as much space as possible between you and your attacker. Many times an attacker will grab you and hold you tight and try to either wrestle you to the ground or drag you somewhere. When you are grabbed, the first thing you should do is scream as loudly as possible. Then, you should pull your shoulders forward, so you can best protect your lungs and chest. To create space between you and your attacker, you should look for the attacker's closest foot to yours, and clomp down on it as hard as you can. You should do this in a perpendicular fashion as to break a bone and keeping him from chasing you once he lets go.
• Attacks from in front. If someone comes up to attack you from the front of you, your best bet is to punch him or her. The best way for you to do this is to punch with your palm. That will help keep your hands as safe as possible. If you're right handed, hold your right hand tight and firm and extended flat parallel to your body. Don't let him see you get ready to hit him. Swipe quickly. With a lot of force, push your palm into the attacker's nose. Move your hand back quickly and run away as soon as you can. You don't want to give your attacker any chance to respond violently.
• Wrestling with an attacker. If someone attacks you and appears to be getting the upper hand and getting the best of you, there are some simple techniques you can use to defend yourself. The best thing you can do if you are struggling with someone is to use your knee. Shove you knee into the attacker's groin or into his head, whichever area is closest to your knee. When you knee your attacker, pull his body towards you, so you can keep his chances of re-attacking you to a minimum.