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Survive Like a Spy: 3 Clever Tricks From a Former CIA Agent That Will Help You Protect Yourself From an Attacker

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 3:00 AM, March 29, 2018

Aired March 29, 2018

Former CIA officer Jason Hanson is no stranger to our show, but there’s always more we can learn from him about protecting ourselves from danger.

When the self-defense expert visited most recently, he taught Rach and her hubby John what to do if they’re being mugged, attacked by a group or choked from behind.

IF YOU'RE BEING MUGGED

If somebody is trying to mug you or drag you away, Jason suggests “a quick hammer fist to the throat.”

“It knocks the wind out of him,” he explains.

IF YOU'RE BEING ATTACKED BY A GROUP

“To defeat multiple attackers,” the safety pro advises, “you want to use what is called the line technique.”

What does that mean, exactly?

It means constantly circling the multiple attackers, so you’re forcing them to stay in a line in front of you. This way, you’re able to defeat one at a time.

Watch Jason demonstrate with Rach and John in the video above.

IF YOU'RE BEING CHOKED FROM BEHIND

Often, Jason notes, attackers will take advantage of you being out of your car at a gas station, sneak into your backseat and choke you from behind.

Terrifying, we know, but here’s what the "Survive Like a Spy" author suggests you do in that situation: Peel one of the attacker’s fingers off of yourself at a time.

"Grab one finger and one finger only," Jason explains as he demonstrates with John in the video above.

"Peel it away and once you start peeling that one finger, it'd going to hurt [and] loosen the grip."