POSTED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 9:07am
It's that time of year again, when more people will be exercising outdoors.
It's important to be aware of your surroundings.
There are some options out there of weapons you can bring with you to protect yourself just in case you come in contact with an attacker.
Mack Woods with The Shootist in Tyler says there are a number of small guns you can carry with you while you're out.
There is also a very strong mace dispenser available, also known as a Kimber Blaster.
But the most important thing to do though, is to listen to your conscience.
To keep yourself from being a victim, Nathan Lundstrom with East Texas Krav Maga says keep in mind when you go exercising, where you go, and who is around you.
"You don't wanna be running in the dark because you cant see what's around you, Lundstrom said. "When we're talking about the 'where,' is it populated? It's always a good idea to run with a partner. "And if you don't think a person (around you) is a safe person to be around, don't be around them. just because I have a path from A to B, doesn't mean I have to get there in a straight line."
If you do ever find yourself in danger, Lundstrom says, you need to have a plan.
"Our goal is not to win a fight, our goal is to try and control the situation," he said.
When defending yourself, try and create an opening to get away.
"In order to create that opening, I wanna hit their soft targets with my hard weapons," Lundstrom said. "Those soft targets would be the eyes, throat and groin. "(Your hard weapons are) your fist, your elbows, your knees ... Hit as hard as you can, as many times as you can until you have that opening to go home safe."
East Texas Krav Maga is holding a women's self defense class in April.
Register online here: http://www.easttxkravmaga.com/events/womens-self-protection 
Woods also teaches self defense classes as well as firearm safety classes.
For more information, call (903) 581-4857.
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