DefendShake, Rattle, and Roll is the title of the Bill Haley hit from the fifties, but it could be so much more.  It could also be a tactic to fend off an attack or even, to save your life. 

Recently, I assisted in teaching a class of twenty-eight women on self-defense.  We taught the women some tactics to use if and when that dreaded moment arises.  They learned some helpful tips if something goes awry in a parking lot or if they’re just strolling down the street. 

The women came for two reasons; a simple interest or they had a personal story of being harassed.  Many of them had been targeted by someone who thought they were easy prey. 

I have been involved in martial arts for many years, and have been fascinated by the philosophy of defense.  There is a calmness that takes over before the mind and body work towards the flight or fight response.  

The women we were teaching came to the class with a great spirit and an eagerness to learn.  At the end of the class, I sat down to take some notes and it dawned on me that self-defense should stick to the K.I.S.S. method.  No, not the rock band, but “keep it simple, stupid”. 

While thinking about keeping things simple, I heard Bill Haley’s song, and it hit me.  The essence of defending yourself is shake, rattle, and roll: 

Shake – Yell and scream and move around as much as possible to distract your attacker.  If you carry a noise maker of any kind, let it blare.  Don’t yell help, yell rape, as this will get someone’s attention. 

Rattle – A woman always has something to rattle.  Whether it’s your keys, the stuff in your purse, or even a cane can be a pretty handy weapon.  Swing it, strike the perp, or even throw something.  The point is to catch them off guard. 

Roll – Get out of there.  Run, walk, do whatever you can to get away, as quickly as possible.  Make your way toward a crowd or populated area.  

The method may not be as attractive as Wonder Woman punching someone’s lights out, but it works.  The song may be an oldie but a goodie, but the message is still clear. 

Take my opinion for what it is… it’s just, AS I SEE IT! 

**A PERSONAL NOTE—I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR STORIES. I WANT TO BE BETTER ABLE TO TEACH MY STUDENTS AND PREPARE THEM FOR A WORLD THAT IS IN CHAOS—LET ME KNOW