Update April 21st, 2018

Yeah, yeah, yeah—we all know that men are (generally speaking) physically stronger than women, but what if we told you that there are ways for even the meekest of females (or males, for that matter) to fight back against a male attacker? Let’s face it, self-defense is something every woman should be tapped into, and knowing how to fightback might be the variable that saves you in a dangerous or compromising situation.

Self-Defense: Is It Always Wise to Fight Back?

According to the Des Moines Highline Times, “Over 200,000 people each year are raped/sexually abused in the United States. Over 40 percent of those people are under 18, and roughly 80 percent are under 30.” The math is chilling—someone is sexually assaulted on average every two minutes in the U.S.

These tips are from Garrett Macrine, who served for several years as a soldier in the Israeli Defense Force in a counter terrorism unit. Macrine was a soldier, medic and firearms tactics instructor for his army unit, and now teaches self-defense and firearms training as a private consultant.

1. Use the element of surprise
Always play humble, acting as if you are scared and helpless, knowing you have some tricks up your sleeve. But keep the attacker guessing.