8 Self Defense Techniques You Need To Learn Right Now For Travel

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Hello adventurer! Are you planning your first solo trip? Maybe you’re on the road already! Want to know how to protect yourself from the handful of meanies out there? Not sure how? Have no fear, Teacake is here with 8 self defence techniques you can easily learn to protect yourself. Plus, you can find out more about learning Grace Jiu Jitsu! Hurrah! Let’s get cracking!

Self Defence Techniques for Travelers using Gracie Jiu Jitsu!

Self Defence Techniques for Travelers using Gracie Jiu Jitsu!


1.Frame Escape

Someone coming up to you to cause some trouble? Don’t let them get any nearer! Make a rectangle shape with your arms by clasping your right arm with your left hand. Push that troublemaker away with your head down as much as you can, then leg it mate!

2. Grandmaster Choke

Yeah I know, it looks really weird but this is one of many awesome self defense techniques! If someone is getting too creepy and trying to lay their hands on you, cross your arms and put your hands into their collar with your thumbs on the outside. Then pull your elbows towards yourself and you’ll be choking them out! Friendly tip: you can do this till they pass out and as soon as they’re ‘asleep’ leg it. Continue to choke them though and you’re going to give them lasting damage…or worse *cue sounds of the death march*.

3.Wrist Release One

Someone desperately wants you to come with them but you need to get home to watch the latest episode of Game Of Thrones? Self defence technique Wrist Release One to the rescue! Pull your weight away from them, make a fist with your arm that is being pulled then cup and grab it with your other hand, pulling it over towards you. Remember to leg it so you don’t miss the epic opening theme tune.

4.Wrist Release Two

Oop! Someone shoving you around? There’s a good chance you’ll put your hands up to protect yourself but then what? Roll and throw your whole arm and shoulder over to the side then give them a good whack around the ear with the other arm to show them who’s boss!

5.Standing Arm lock

Time to up the anti! They’re pushing you, grabbing your clothes and possibly trying to steal the hair from your head? Arm lock them! Make sure to pull the arm straight, step away from it, squeeze tight with your elbow and pull that arm up. Stop there or go for the full *crack*.

6.Trap And Roll

Many people fear it. Someone is on top of you, pinning you down, trying to choke you. There’s a Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defense technique for that! Grab one arm with one hand at their wrist whilst your other hand grabs their top arm muscle like a glass of water. Trap the leg in the direction you want to roll over to and bridge those hips. Go!

7.Leg Hook Takedown

Whaaaaat? Why are you running towards him like that Teacake? You’re taking him down? Yes! And trust me, it makes sense. If someone is coming at you, taking them down to the floor is a much safer place to be where you can control them, protect yourself and if need be, break their arms or choke them out.

8.Pull Guard

This self defence technique has the same idea as the previous move. You want to get your attacker to the ground where you’re safer! Once you’ve grabbed them and they try to step away, you can use this move to pull them to the ground and control them whilst shouting for help. With a guy on top of you like this, it also looks like you need some serious help and people should come running pretty swiftly to help you out!

Self Defense Techniques for travelers using Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Self Defense Techniques: See What’s Possible!

I’ve never studied martial arts before and have spoken about how important it is for women to learn self defense techniques whilst travelling. I came to Gracie Jiu Jitsu Dali to be the best solo female traveller I can be and learn how to protect myself if things get real! I’ve been studying for 6 hours a day, Monday to Friday, for 3 months and these are some of the self defense techniques I’ve learnt. WOW!

A big heartfelt thank you to Cafe Con Leche Abroad for filming and editing this video of me kicking my instructor’s ass and to Moxie & Epoxy for filming and editing the instructional videos.

*Update* Gracie Jiu Jitsu Dali has had to unfortunately close due to instructor illness. There are still tons of amazing Gracie Jiu Jitsu schools you can attend across the world. Check out where you can learn.

Looking For More Solo Female Travel Tips?

Check out this article for tons of ideas on how to travel safely before and during your adventures!

How To Travel Safely As A Woman

Note: All videos have been verified as worthy to be shown by Gracie Jiu Jitsu

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Self Defense Techniques for travelers using Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Self Defense Techniques for travelers using Gracie Jiu Jitsu

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About Alice Teacake

I'm a kickass girl who believes in women facing their fears and pushing their boundaries, to reach their full potential through solo adventure travel! Follow me for travel advice and inspiration, so you can go forth and challenge yourself to reach your own personal goals!

6 replies
  1. Leah
    Leah says:

    Nice! This reminds me of my time studying krav maga – really gives confidence eh? Glad you’re having fun learning (and kicking ass)!

    • Alice teacake
      Alice teacake says:

      Thanks Leah! Lovely to hear from you :D My instructor says that Jiu Jitsu on the ground and Krav Maga standing is the best combination! Might just be doing Krav Maga next :D


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