Chico, Calif.-- As we continue to follow the tragic death of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, the circumstances around what happened to her call into question what we can do for our own personal safety.
Tibbetts was not the first person to be victimized while out for a run- just a couple of years back there was the infamous kidnapping of North State mom Sheri Pappini.
So, while no one should feel discouraged form partaking in the healthy habit, there are a few ways that you can better protect yourself.
I reached out to the trained experts at Azad's Martial Art's to get some advice - and some training!
Peter Reitz is a 4th Degree Black Belt under Grandmaster Azad.
He says that in their experience, they've learned things from people willing to share about their own experience of being attacked, and they've been able to use that information to arm all of us with the tools to fight against the more common methods an attacker might use.
We have some of the different strategies demonstrated in the videos attached to the right of this article - they look simple, but they take practice!
Reitz also says that you can arm yourself each and every time you go out for a walk or run, simply by turning the headphones down or skipping them altogether, run with a partner, avoid late night or early morning, and pepper spray is always a good idea to carry.