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How to Apply Verbal Self-Defense

The best form of self-defense is to avoid a physical confrontation in the first place. When faced with an aggressive person, verbal self-defense is the first step.

Everyone knows that the best approach to defend yourself is to avoid physical conflict and talk your way out of it.

But how exactly do you use verbal self-defense to protect yourself in an aggressive situation?

Continue reading to find out how and get some advice on how to do it effectively.

Verbal Self-Defense Vlog

Body Language

The way a person holds him or herself can communicate much more than words if you know what to look for, and this is extremely useful in self-defense. 

By understanding body language, we can get a pre-warning of when people get irritated, upset, or angry, which means we can prepare mentally and physically prepare for a possible attack

Passive or Aggressive?

This is closely connected to body language but instead of reading your opponent, it is about how you should carry yourself so as not to incite aggressiveness. 

Each situation is different and you will need to use your best judgment. Sometimes being highly aggressive will make your opponent back down, and sometimes you will need to be the one to back down.

A lot of the time, or if you are unsure, it is good to be somewhere in the middle, not too aggressive but not super passive either. 

Knowing how to read other people and their body language will help you decide on the best approach to use in specific situations.

Hostile Negotiation

A big part of verbal self-defense is the ability to use hostile negotiation techniques. 

This is a massive subject including things such as eliciting information, active listening skills, bargaining techniques, and more. 


Knowing how to read people's actions and emotions can help you identify the best way to respond to each situation.

If you want to learn more about hostile negotiation tactics as well as escape techniques, visit 

Then, if things go out of hand and you end up in a fight, it's a good idea to know basic fighting techniques, which you can find in the 'Self Defense Handbook,'. 

Safe training!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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