Bullying is on the rise, especially in the world of social media. But let’s not forget bad, old-fashioned physical bullying. Even those bullies who use Facebook and Twitter to go about the process of filling up the empty spaces inside their bodies where their heart and brains should be are not immune to getting physical when the opportunity arises. Psycho behavior by miscreants with far too much testosterone and far too little intellect is always a looming threat when they can get you far enough away from prying eyes. The point is that you should always be ready to defend yourself when you are being attacked. You may not possess the skills to fight back successfully, but you can learn how to avoid taking a savage beating from a bully by following these common sense tips.
Avoid a Direct Punch
The typical bully lives for the opportunity to throw a punch that lands as a direct hit somewhere on his victim’s body. When that opportunity arrives and the punch is thrown, you want to avoid a direct hit at the very least. Better to avoid allowing any contact at all, but failing that, at least take away from the bully the satisfaction that comes with landing a direct blow. Watch a boxing match to learn how to position your body so that punches can be deflected from the body. Give the bully who is attacking you a view of your profile rather than a head-on picture and you will save yourself some pain and misery. Turning to the side gives your bully t a smaller target to hit effectively. Turning to side provides added protection to your delicate internal organs. Turning to side also gives you greater balance by providing the opportunity to brace yourself with your back foot.
Tighten Your Abs
Okay, so you don’t have abs like Brad Pitt. Who does? But you can learn a lot about avoiding the ultimately negative impact of becoming a victim of physical bullying from Brad Pitt and his stomach muscles. You know how you stand in front the mirror and tighten your abs and stick out your chest so that you kinda sorta look like you’re in really good shape? That’s what you need to do when you are attacked by a bully. Tightening your ab muscles makes your stomach a harder target. Tightened abs also provide an extra measure of protection for those delicate organs located behind them like the spleen and liver. When you sense a stomach blow coming, make it harder on the bully by making your stomach as hard as you can.
Move Your Head Toward the Punch
A common mistake among those trying to get out of being hit hard in a fight is to throw back the head when they see a fist coming in toward the face. The better strategy seems unlikely, but it works: move your head toward the incoming fist. You’re going to take a shot to the head regardless so take the opportunity to use your much harder skull as a weapon against the far less protected fingers of your opponent. Moving your head into the fist deflects much of the power of the incoming punch and if done with enough force, you can at least temporarily hurt your opponent’s fingers enough to create a moment of doubt and surprise in which you can run away.
Control Your Breathing
One good way to reduce the potential for taking a serious beating is to control your breathing. Don’t hold your breath and don’t give in to heavy breathing. Lungs filled with air increase the chance for having that wind knocked out of you with a blow to the chest. Losing control of your breathing during a fight means losing precious energy that you need to put into protecting yourself. Try to stay calm and breathe slowly and regularly to conserve energy that may be put to better use by taking advantage of the moment when your opponent gets out of breath.