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Protecting yourself can be simple and effective

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Self defense classes can teach you life saving techniques. Self defense classes can teach you life saving techniques.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

When it comes to self defense, basic instincts are your best bets.

So, if you find yourself in a dangerous situation, the first thing to remember is to use your reflexes.

"Your natural reflex is to do this, and that will be your first move in defense," said Bill Pouge, a teacher at REAL Self Defense.

Pouge said there are three common first moves an attacker will use: A right punch, a right slap, or some kind of choke.

These attacks can be deflected by naturally raising your arms above your head. By doing so, it blocks your face, and you can react quickly, he said.

But what happens when someone points a gun at you? Pouge has a solution for that also.

"I want to move my head, move the gun, and get two hands on it immediately, and rotate that right around, so that will go off away from me," he said.

One thing to remember is to never get into a car with someone. You have a 90 percent chance of never coming back. If you fight, there is a 90 percent chance of walking away, Pouge said.

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