A Fighting Chance: Attack at an ATM


(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's an everyday task that can go horribly wrong in an instant. Would you know what to do if someone tried to rob you at the ATM?

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay set up an attack simulation at an ATM to put some of the self-defense moves she learned to the test.

A Fighting Chance: Simple self-defense can go a long way

R.A.D. self-defense instructor, Heather Reeves, says it is important to remember your training in these incidents, because it is a plan for your life. Keep in mind your options and remember your targets, but remind yourself the goal is to get away.

"It doesn't have to be rushed. That's the thing about self-defense, it needs to be deliberate, it doesn't have to be rushed," said Reeves, an instructor at AZO Civil Services.

Reeves says you need to keep using your options -- head, kick to the shin, elbow strike -- until something works.

"With all of the options, you have to be comfortable and you have to be confident," said Reeves. "We all have our favorite techniques that we kind of default to, and it's also knowing that your non-favorite techniques are going to be there when you need them."

Reeves says you should only fight if you feel like there are no other options. Before it comes to that, always be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. You can give your attack what they want if it is your purse or wallet, or you can throw it to create a distraction.

Check out the other stories in our special series, A Fighting Chance:

Simple self-defense can go a long way

Escaping road rage

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