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New Year, New You: Training in self-defense

When it comes to self-defense, Butch Hiles said you need to be aware of your surroundings. (WCHS/WVAH)

This is the time of the year when purses or wallets are getting stolen, people are hurting for money and others are often just distracted.

That's why Butch Hiles with Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA in Charleston said you need to be prepared.

When it comes to self-defense, Hiles said you need to be aware of your surroundings.

He often trains people to get away from an attacker rather than attack.

Some moves he teaches are if someone is grabbing you. It's designed to help you break free and escape.

Depending on the hold, there are other ways to throw an attacker off guard like by adding kicks, knees, or elbows.

He said it's important to practice the moves to create muscle memory.

"I think some people have this false sense of security that they can hit somebody and then all of the sudden they fall down and that's the end,” said Butch Hiles. “We're talking about people that are crazy. If they were normal, they wouldn't be attacking you or they could be on drugs. These are things that you could do just to get away, get them off you and again escape."

Hiles said people often feel a little more confident and empowered after getting trained.

If you're at home, he recommends checking out videos online and practicing with friends or family.

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