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Self-defense 101

They are moves everyone hopes they will never have to use, but at a Krav Maga self defense class, students learned how to disable an attacker and get away.

"You have to fight like your life depends on it," said instructor Patrick Terry.  "You have to flip that switch and become very aggressive."

Terry said regardless of size or strength, victims can take control during an attack.

"If they're grabbing you, their hands are tied up," said Terry.  "You should use your hands and your feet to hit them.  Hit them hard, be aggressive."

Terry said to go for the eyes, stomach, throat, groin and neck.

"Hurt them enough to where you can get away and get to safety," said Terry.

Terry said if an attacker tries to take you somewhere else, throw a fit like a screaming child.

"Hold on to anything around you," he said.  "Make yourself big and crazy, absolutely fight for you life."

Everyday items, like keys, can act as a weapon.  If you feel like someone is following too closely behind, you can use your purse to defend yourself.

Terry said the best defense is prevention.  Do not walk around on a cell phone or searching for keys.  Look alert and confident.

"A potential attacker might say, 'you know what, I'm going to pick someone else'," said Terry.  "That's what you want, and you may have just saved yourself and not even realized it."

Breaking free from an attacker does take some self defense training, but common sense practices can keep you from becoming a victim.

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