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Just before an attack there is usually a sign, or signs, that an attack is imminent. Recognizing these indicators will reduce the chances of a "surprise" attack.
Single Attacker Indicators
- Raspy voice. Stress makes the vocal chords tighten, making the voice raspy.
- Repeated phrases. When someone is thinking of how to attack you it is difficult for them to be verbally creative.
- Unusual sweating. Stress causes sweat. Sweating on a cold day. Sweat on nose, sides of mouth, or palms.
- Tightening of jaw or clenching teeth. Pre-fight facial tensions will cause jaw muscle to bulge.
- Mouth breathing. Breathing fast through mouth instead of nose.
- Weight shifting. Attacker will often shift weight in preparation of a "surprise" attack. Usually shift will favor one side.
- Fist clenching. When stress causes blood to move away from extremities, an assailant will often pump his fists to regain the "normal" feeling in his hands.
- Shoulders roll forward, chin drops, knees bend. Instincts used for protection when anticipating a fight.
- Target glancing. An attacker will often look several times at the area he or she wants to strike.
- Reaction hand distraction. An assailant may point to something to distract you so he or she may strike with the other hand. Assailant may ask you the time so he or he may strike while you look at your watch.
- Dilated pupils.
- Bristling hair (piloerection)
- Squaring of torso. To prepare for battle.
- Angling torso away. To prepare for flight.