I have had a lifelong love for martial arts but surgery has kept me from going any further. This is why I am grateful to have found self-defense. I describe self-defense as practical use of martial arts/combat sport techniques in street scenarios. The downside to martial arts is the moves require frontal lobe activity in a stressful situation. In other words, your brain cannot think when it’s in danger.
One martial art I studied had a great, simple series of moves that you learned on day one. You clinched your fist in front of your body, making an L with your forearm and elbow. If someone pulls you in, or falls forward swinging at you, your fist meets them in the gut. Very simple and easy to train.
This particular martial art, Mo Duk Pai, taught to thrust elbows in your opponents face after the gut punch. Again, very easy to remember if you are in a tight spot. YouTube had a guy do the gut punch move without elbows and his opponent was struck in the blink of an eye. His brilliant move featured an elbow at eye level to cover the head.
I believe ladies will benefit from random practice of lifting a fist outward while visualizing someone grabbing. I think ladies should always scratch to get DNA samples of their intruders. Fist out with right hand; scratch skin with left hand. Train your reflexes to do the work.